Perfect Stranger (Blu-ray/2007)
A- Sound: B+ Extras: C Film: C
Halle Berry. No matter how hard she
fights to get a project to put her back on the map, no matter the many in
Hollywood who want to work with her, here career has been choppy since Catwoman bombed and X-Men 3 was far from satisfying. Since Gothika
was a moderate hit, she decided to try that route again with the
non-supernatural and fascinating James Foley thriller Perfect Stranger (2007) with Bruce Willis and Giovanni Ribisi.
plays an investigative reporter who gets into trouble often, but keeps many
secrets, including the one where her friend is having an extra-marital affair
with the powerful Harrison Hill (Willis) who is a big advertising honcho. When she turns up mysteriously dead, she is
maybe the only person besides Hill who knows they are having an affair. She decides to investigate and when she is
fired form her job, decides to take a new one at Hill’s agency to see if he is
the killer. She is pretty certain, but
needs proof and Mrs. Hill is not going to be happy. She is willing to do anything to find out.
helping her is he good friend Miles (Ribisi) who happens to be a tech whiz and
helps her to bug places, get through firewalls and knows gadgets galore. You would think this would be enough, but
Todd Komarnicki’s screenplay decides to add twists and turns that are not as
stupid as many since The Sixth Sense,
but are as wacky as they are unexpected, eventually rendering this an
unintended comedy. Too bad, because this
had the potential to be really good and Foley can direct, but once again,
another Revolution Studios goes off the deep end and this implodes simply and
hilariously. You juts have to see it to
believe it and if you can see it on Blu-ray, all the better.
2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image was shot in Super 35mm by Anastas
Michos, A.S.C., and looks as good as another semi-glossy thriller on Blu-ray
(and HD-DVD, reviewed elsewhere on this site) that almost worked: Firewall with Harrison Ford. That was an early HD release that impressed
and this is similar in consistency and detail.
The money was put into this film too and it shows often, making many
moments demo quality. The PCM 16/48 5.1
mix is better than the Dolby Digital 5.1 versions present, with some amusing
soundfield choices and Antonio Pinto’s amusing (sometimes unintentionally)
score. Yes, the mix falls into clichés
of the genre, but it does it with enough energy that you will not notice as
much. The only extra is a behind the
scenes featurette, but boy, would I have enjoyed an audio commentary.
laugh at the time it came out, it had a conclusion that made everyone laugh and
scratch their heads. This will not give
away anything, but remember the quotes after my name below after you have
watched the film. I have put them there
so they will not spoil the film, but guarantee you a few laughs once you see
it. First, what I said to my friends and
fellow patrons at the end of the screening that got everyone laughing….
- Nicholas Sheffo
God, it’s Don Imus!!!
forget: “Miles is sexy. Miles is
sexy. Miles is sexy. Miles is sexy. Miles is sexy. Miles is sexy. Miles is sexy. Miles is sexy. Miles is sexy. Miles is sexy….”