Director: Chan-wook Park
Stoker is nothing like I've seen before. It certainly is captivating to watch the scenes unfold as viewers get to the bottom of the allure that the family holds. There is some great cinematography in the works, and there are great actors attached to this project. There are also numerous striking scenes, each scene detrimental to the depth and the reason behind the plot. For the English film debut of Korean filmmaker Chan-wook Park, he certainly has a hit in his hands.
India Stoker is a quiet and strange girl, whose life began to unravel when her father passed away. She was left in the care of her mother, whom she doesn't quite get along with very well. The death of her father introduced a stranger in their lives, her uncle, as he moved in with the family, entering their lives. However, there was something strange about him, which frightened yet intrigued India, as she became attracted to finding out more about this man, and the mysterious aura that allures him.
Who knew Wentworth Miller could write something like this? I mean, we all know him from Prison Break, and that was that. It's fairly obvious that he did have some influence writing his piece, as there were factors that were familiar with other works. The screenplay was weak, dialogue-wise, and there were some loop holes, but it doesn't hinder the fact that you'd want to get at the bottom of it all, to know what exactly happened and why it's all happening. He has talent, but I think it helped that a good director has taken lead to his screenplay and transformed it to a beautiful visual work. The characters themselves were cold, but they stuck to the personality that the story gave them, which in turn makes you think that everything that happened was in character, and that they were really meant to react that way.
The movie might be a bit confusing, considering the transitions from one scene to the next, not to mention the flashbacks that slowly form a coherent thought. Still it captivates the audience to follow the story between the family, and boasts beautiful imagery as well.