Nicole Kidman, utterly riveting and nearly unrecognizable, plays a police detective with blood on her hands, haunted by memories of an undercover operation gone wrong. When she receives a sign that old adversaries have resurfaced, she know there will be hell to pay. Sebastian Stan offers excellent support as her partner-turned-lover, as does Scoot McNairy as her long-suffering husand and Jade Pettyjohn as her damaged daughter. Director Karyn Kusama (GIRLFIGHT) works in the great tradition of classic cop dramas and noir to craft a thriller that makes familiar subject matter - drugs, crime, betrayals - the backdrop to a darkly unsettling portrait of a psychic deterioration. Julie Kirkwood's splendid cinematography and a pungent, melancholy script by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi vividly convey the dreak lurking in sun-blistered L.A. landscapes whre violence always seems a split-second away, and sometimes, may even seem a relief.
[Kusama] "has a singlular unapologetic idea of what women can and cannot do on screen, one she lets rip with verve and her superbly unbound star." -Manohla Dargis, The New York Times