The Stranger (Netflix) 2022 Movie: LFF Review

Coming soon to Netflix, the Thomas M. Wright movie The stranger is both a harrowing true crime drama inspired by true events and a compelling, compelling character study.

When Thomas M. Wright (acute misfortune) The stranger starts, it’s hard to understand what’s going on. two strangers named Henry (Sean Harris, of Mission: Impossible – Fallout) and Paul (Steve Mouzakis, of clickbait) meet on a train, at night, and their journey continues by car, where one of them appears to be helping the other to reach their destination. But the first is soon replaced by a third man named Mark (Joel Edgerton, from the green knight), who begins driving Henry, and we understand that the two of them are working together. Though the nature of your work Still unclear, what becomes apparent is that it’s not exactly legal, as newcomer Henry is introduced to his future boss, John (Alan Dukes), who sends him out on assignments as a way of testing his loyalty. . Mark needs this job, since he doesn’t even have the money to buy new clothes, worn out by a lifetime of work and bearing the scars of a past we don’t fully understand. But what he gets is much more than he bargained for, since a genuine friendship is born between him and Mark, who is also dealing with a difficult situation.

Later in the film, we come to understand that there is an even bigger picture to consider, as one of Australia’s largest police operations is taking place in the background. Our characters are not only constantly watched, but also manipulated: the police are looking for evidence that will allow them to prosecute their number one suspect. While all of this is going on, we mostly follow Mark and Henry and get to know different sides of them, little by little, and things get even more complex. By the time we fully understand them, right at the end, the secrets have surfaced, but the unforgettable journey we’ve taken to get to that point will haunt us for days to come.

The stranger ‘s true strength is that knows exactly when to reveal each piece of the puzzle to audiences Writer-director Thomas M. Wright delivers a slow-developing, unconventionally structured true-to-life crime drama that slowly slips under your skin until you’re completely immersed in its universe, unable to take your eyes off the screen as you you try to decipher the true nature of its compelling leads, whose bond is at the very core of the film. Sean Harris and Joel Edgerton they are excellent, imbuing their characters with humanity and making us root for them no matter what we find out about them. And, when the final blow finally comes, we are saddened by a victory that feels more like the loss of a friend.

The stranger (Netflix, courtesy of the 2022 BFI London Film Festival)

There is so much more to unpack in a movie like The stranger, like the smallest details that we may not understand at first, but ultimately help bring the narrative full circle. But the film is inspired by the 2003 kidnapping and murder of a 13-year-old boy in Queensland, and also examines at the cost that the entire operation has for all those involvedwho get so used to pretending to be someone else while undercover that they finally become that same person, making the boundaries between good and evil even thinner.

The stranger is a tense and harrowing true crime drama that will continue to amaze you until the end, but it is also the totally absorbing and compelling character study of two men who are not always who they seem to be, one haunted by the demons of his past choices and the other crippled with guilt and attempting to preserve his identity while hiding in plain sight. What these characters have in common is that they are both extremely lonely humans, and there is much more to discover in this slow-burn film than meets the eye, from the complexity of life to the importance of empathy and connection. Not be missed.

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The stranger premiered at the BFI London Film Festival 2022 on October 15, 2022 and will be released globally on Netflix on October 19.

The Stranger: Trailer (Netflix)

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