Perfect Stranger Reviews
Had my mother over for a movie night, and she chose it. Swear I could not remember a thing about it.
I am not a fan of either Bruce Willis or Halle Berry, and honestly I was pretty bored through most of it and wondering what the hell was I thinking buying it.
Then the big reveal at the end. As I couldn't remember the movie, it was a total shock and then l understood why I'd liked it.
I don't think there will be a third watch, but yes, it was just about worth sticking with.
I adore Giovanni Ribisi and his performance was superb. Bruce Willis is also a favorite and he played his part quite well. Halle Berry...what the...where...she was boring, tired and simply uninteresting. Her performance was so detached from the character that it was painful to watch. I am not sure if this was something that was intentional given the plot (the very...thin...plot) or simply that she phoned it in, but it was not fun to view.
So obvious in its machinations. The technology employed to make the story move was ridiculous. Twirling around and around and going nowhere, the viewer becomes dizzy stuck in the mire of planted confusion-I will stop here.
This is fun to watch for Ribisi and Willis' performances. Berry is stunning, as always, but embarrassing to watch in this.
Save your evening for something better unless you simply have to see these actors in motion or slow motion anyway.
Up until the ludicrous final ten minutes, Perfect Stranger is an entirely functional thriller, chugging along with enough momentum to keep things vaguely interesting. Thriller may be something of a misnomer, because there isn't very much suspense, not even in watching Berry's ridiculous AOL sex talk unfold. The movie is weighty with exposition, and it shows; it seeps into the dialogue at every chance it gets, making things seem awfully premeditated.
For what it's worth, though, I didn't think it was that bad until its climax. Our three leads give across the board decent performances, but they just can't keep this ridiculous ship afloat.
Destined to be relegated to utter obscurity.
Starring: Halle Berry, Bruce Willis, Giovanni Ribisi.
Where do films like this get off? It seems like every week I see a film like this, that aims to be a compelling thriller by following that same Hollywood formula over and over, this film is one of those.....
Well in some ways, this will be the only thing I will mention in this review that I liked about the film and that was the ending.....I don't mean the film ending (not really), but the way the twist plays out, it successfully twists around it's characters to make quite a surprising twist that could have worked so much more....if it had not been for the first 90 minutes being so dull. Terribly dull in fact, the pacing is thrown off in the first 20 minutes by being way too unfocused and badly edited, from there, the films follows a very familiar formula with thin characters, a lack of focus on them, terrible dialogue and any potential thrills are thrown away and the filmmakers attempt to make a sexy thriller, but with cheap sex related dialogue and no sexiness....as soon as the final 20 minutes of film arrived, I just didn't care, even the acting couldn't save the film, although Giovanni Ribisi does help save his character with a great performance, he is rarely on screen and instead, we are endured with Halle Berry's most hilariously bad performance since Catwoman and Bruce Willis' stiff performance.
An inventive ending, I will give it that, but any potential from that ending is ruined by a very unfocused, dull and badly written first 90 minutes.