Elegant direction helps to elevate a lackluster screenplay, but a game cast play things a bit too cool for comfort in Stoker
, a morbid inversion of Alfred Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt
that marks the English-language feature debut of celebrated South Korean director Chan-wook Park, a competent visual stylist with a flair for mystery. Thematically, Park's eerie domestic drama fits nicely into his canon, though its distinctive lack of sympathetic characters keeps us at arm’s length from the action when we should be getting emotionally invested.
Teenage misfit India Stoker (Mia Wasikowska) is still grieving the recent death of her father when she ...