The Strange Ones

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Mysterious events surround two travelers as they make their way across a remote American landscape. On the surface all seems normal, but what appears to be a simple vacation soon gives way to a dark and complex web of secrets.

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  • This unnerving and frustratingly opaque drama focuses on a teenage boy who distrusts his own memories and present reality.

    Sep 25, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The Strange Ones is a perfect demonstration of how the craft of storytelling is also the craft of withholding - of revealing as little as possible in carefully parceled-out amounts.

    Jan 8, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Its pastiche elements never form into something that feels uniquely compelling.

    Jan 5, 2018 | Full Review…

    Andrew Lapin

    NPR
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  • One of those take-it-or-leave it movies where you either surrender completely to the mood and style of the filmmaking or start questioning what it's leaving out, covering up, or glossing over.

    Jan 5, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • However nuanced and artful, the nightmarish unease is laid on so thick that, in combination with the cryptic narrative, it gradually turns to murk.

    Dec 7, 2017 | Full Review…
  • It's an artful, boundary-pushing debut from Radcliffe and Wolkstein, with breakthrough performances from Freedson-Jackson, and Pettyfer, perhaps signaling a new direction in his career.

    Oct 19, 2017 | Full Review…

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  • Jan 20, 2019
    The slow drama wasn't the incorrect choice, it was the filmmaking choices that stop this from being a solid indie film. The story unfolds bit by bit, but anyone can guess that where this story is leading. Pettyfer plays the mysterious role quite well, but even he can't overcome a very one dimensional role. This could have been one of the best films of the year, it had all the elements in place, but sadly it only hits half of the time. A better construction of character to suit the dark tone, which is impressive and saves the film from growing tiresome. The film leaves to much in the air and doesn't allow the viewer to immerse themselves in the film. 12/01/2019.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer

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