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Perfect Stranger - Blu-ray DVD / thriller DVD review
PERFECT STRANGER Rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America curledupdvd.com rating: 3 1/2 stars
Featuring: Halle Berry, Bruce Willis, Giovanni Ribisi, Richard Portnow, Gary Dourdan
Director: James Foley   Studio: Sony Pictures
DVD release: 21 August 2007   Runtime: 109 minutes (1 disc)
Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, Blu-ray
DVD features:Audio tracks (PCM 5.1 Surround - English; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround - English, French), Subtitles (English, Spanish, French, Portugese, Korean, Chinese, Thai), 1080p/AVC MPEG-4, Virtual Lives: The Making of "Perfect Stranger"

Okay, so sometimes you like a movie in spite of itself. Go through your DVD collection, and I'm sure there are a couple of oddballs that your friends or family will think you're weird for liking. They may not be well-acted or well-written or well-directed. It might even have been a box office disaster. But who really cares how much money a particular film makes when, for whatever reason, one tickles your fancy?

And for me, Perfect Stranger is one of those films. I know most won't think this as one of the better films of the year. It might very well be considered a clunker. Its getting a Razzie is more likely than an Academy Award. Regardless, it did entertain me.

The exact reason for that is - I liked the cast. Perfect Stranger stars Halle Berry as journalist Rowena Price, who goes undercover to get evidence on ad agency executive Harrison Hill (Bruce Willis). Price thinks Hill murdered her friend Grace (Nicki Aycox). With the help of computer savvy Miles Haley (Giovanni Ribisi), Price gets into Hill's agency as a temp, where she quickly catches the wandering eye of the married Hill. A game of cat-and-mouse ensues as the secret lives of these characters are unveiled.

True, this movie cheats by jerking you in all different direction just for the sole reason that they could do so; and there is some overacting, and a flawed screenplay, and a multitude of other things. But the only faux pas that I will hammer this flick on is the completely stultifyingly boring concept of watching people send instant messages to each other over the internet. Why, oh why must this be on screen in any film for more than five seconds - if at all?

All that aside, I was entertained enough. Though the characters were flat, I like Bruce Willis, and Halle Berry, and Giovanni Ribisi. Heck, even Gary Dourdan of CSI fame shows up in the minor role of Price's boyfriend. Familiarity breeds comfort. And in this case, since I know the actors and like the actors, I got enjoyment out of the movie. Sometimes, it's just that simple.
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reviewed by Bobby Blades
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