The Stranger

Two strangers strike up a conversation on a long journey. One is a suspect in an unsolved missing person’s case and the other an undercover operative on his trail. Their uneasy friendship becomes the core of this tightly wrought thriller, which is based on the true story of one of the largest investigations and undercover operations in Australia.

  • Released: 2022-10-06
  • Runtime: 117 minutes
  • Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
  • Stars: Joel Edgerton, Sean Harris, Jada Alberts, Fletcher Humphrys, Mike Foenander, Steve Mouzakis, Simon Elrahi, Alan Dukes, Ewen Leslie, Matthew Sunderland, Lucinda Nicholas, Peta Shannon, Thibul Nettle, Melanie Munt, Anni Finsterer, Patty Glavieux, Adam Morgan, Stephen Leeder, Andreas Sobik, Nick Buckland
  • Director: Thomas M. Wright
  • Mabkid - 30 December 2022
    Solemn Slow Burn
    This is a very slow movie, be warned.

    The premise: A man is befriended into a criminal organization that cleans bad situations. He has his own past. And people are not who they say they are.

    The problem: First, it's very slow. Second, it's very hard to know what's going on in the beginning unless you've read something about The Stranger prior to viewing.

    The upside: It is amazingly well-acted, the mood is haunting, the filming is mesmerizing to follow.

    The issue will be if you can stomach both problem 1 and problem 2 until the end for 2 hours... because despite the upside, it can still be painful to sot through, because it's just that goddamn slow!
  • adrianbarr-37944 - 17 December 2022
    If you were bored then it simply wasn't made for you.
    Slow, suspenseful and thought provoking. The subject matter is dark and the overall direction and editing of the film is like a nightmare, in a sense of the locations and people seem familiar but the edges of their realism seems blurred.

    A well crafted atmosphere is created throughout using its soundtrack to its full potential, uncomfortable sounds flutter in the background like an strange ominous insect burrowing further in your subconscious.

    This is not a crime thriller, nor is it a Hollywood horror. It has not been made to entertain you. It is a portrayal of a dark subject and how the people involved had to follow a slow painstaking process to achieve retribution.