Saturday, 14 January 2023

Movie Review: Perfect Stranger (2007)


Genre: Crime Investigation Thriller
Director: James Foley
Starring: Halle Berry, Bruce Willis, Giovanni Ribisi
Running Time: 109 minutes

Synopsis: New York-based investigative reporter Rowena Price (Halle Berry) is frustrated when her story exposing a politician is killed. She receives a tip from thorny acquaintance Grace to pursue the affairs of womanizing marketing executive Harrison Hill (Bruce Willis). When Grace turns up dead, Rowena teams up with her work colleague and computer wizard Miles (Giovanni Ribisi) to infiltrate Harrison's company pretending to be a temp. Harrison soon sets his eyes on Rowena, but his secrets are closely guarded.

What Works Well: The avant garde artwork at Harrison Hill's marketing firm looks good, and some of Halle Berry's outfits are stellar.

What Does Not Work As Well: The Todd Komarnicki script is an unsalvageable inert mess, never generating any momentum or meaningful sympathy for the key characters. The murder victim Grace is a one-scene non-entity, her case never triggers any police investigation, and Rowena's amateur investigation consists of snaring Harrison with good looks augmented by juvenile flirting in 1990s chat rooms. Everyone seems to have big secrets to hide, the case details are a mix of the untidy and the bizarre, and the rushed ending is a befuddling disaster.

Conclusion: Perfectly awful.



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