Preview: Stoker (2013)


No, we’re not talking about Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” stuffs: “Stoker” is a thriller movie that will be released on March 2013. Well, it’s maybe not another thriller movie: it’s the first Hollywood work of Park Chan-wook, Korean director that brought us the outstanding “Oldboy” (see my review on it here). You, thriller lovers, must have been waiting for “Stoker”’s public release. Well, today, its first trailer is released. See it below.

You’ll find out some popular faces in the trailer like Nicole Kidman (playing Evelyn Stoker), Mia Wasikowska (playing India Stoker), and Matthew Goode (playing Charlie Stoker). And yes, you now know that the title “Stoker” refers to a family name. IMDB stated that this film talks about a thriller of Stoker family. After the death of Richard Stoker (played by Dermot Mulroney), India’s father, comes an unknown uncle named Charlie Stoker living together with her and her unstable mother, Evelyn Stoker. Then somehow this Uncle Charlie shows a mysterious syndication of something that India has to reveal.

The trailer was promising: it’s dark, terrifying, but aesthetic at the same time. I can’t catch a word for the performances of the cast, but maybe Mia Wasikowska seems so softly hideous, as Nicole Kidman shows her unstable emotion more perceptibly. Goode, somehow, seems like playing a two-face character that looks well-mannered at one side but horrible at another side.

Surprisingly, the screenplay was done by a first-time writer. He is Wentworth Miller, an actor who is popular from “Prison Break” (TV-series). He was also played for some supporting casts like in “Resident Evil: Afterlife” and “Underworld”. I don’t know if Park Chan-wook could do his maximum effort for “Stoker”, but still, his name is promising.


We’ll see if “Stoker” could be as remarkable as Park Chan-wook’s past works. Well, I don’t see any brand new dishes in the trailer but I hope there are much surprises coming out from its plot’s “simplicity”. We’ll see. And I’d like to see a twist in the plot, please!

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