The Stranger 2009

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(57) IMDb 4.7/10
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Action thriller starring professional wrestler Steve 'Stone Cold' Austin. Awaking in Mexico with no memory of his past or identity, 'the stranger' (Austin) soon realises that he is being hunted down not only by the FBI but also by the Russian mob.

Starring:
John Trench, Steve Austin
Runtime:
1 hour 30 minutes

Available in HD on supported devices

The Stranger

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Product Details

Genres Thriller
Director Robert Lieberman
Starring John Trench, Steve Austin
Supporting actors Erica Cerra, Adam Beach
Studio Starz Digital Media
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

2.5 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andre Mountain VINE VOICE on 4 Nov 2010
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Wow - just watched this - really disappointing. From the opening seconds after hitting play this looked low quality, from the way the fonts on the opening credits look, to the visual effects used in the background - it all said "cheap" to me. I couldn't believe it when the credits said this was a 2010 film, the production and effects looked like something from 10-20 years back.

Look, I love Austin from his WWF/WWE days but this is a really poor use of him. The story here is that an agent is involved in an operation to uncover a mole and ends up losing his memory, but actually goes into a state where he makes up who he is, along with a backstory, and then every so often that changes, and he thinks he's someone else. This doesnt really get shown in the film though, Austin just comes across as some dumb confused meathead who can't remember what he did yesterday. There are flashback sequences tat knit together as the film goes on and come together in the end, these are not well done though, it's obvious what the end picture is much too early on - it should click into place all in the final sequence - but it's obvious much too early on and you're just waiting for the film - and Austin's character - to catch up to what you've known for at least half the film. This is a low budget, poorly made film - albeit one with a half-decent story - that Austin would have done well to avoid.

I can't think of anyone to recommend this to, even hardcore Austin fans may not be happy with this. It's like a weak, poor, low-budget Bourne Identity but with Austin as the main character. He doesnt even go properly mental in it and open a can of whoopass on anyone, he just gets a bit action-hero on occasions without that feeling of Stone Cold Steve Austin smashing someone up.

Really sad to say it but this is weak and not worth your money.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Klingsor VINE VOICE on 16 Nov 2010
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As many others, I wasn't expecting a good film, and I wasn't disappointed. Predictable (and often confusing) plot, stiff acting and mainly expressionless face of Steve Austin just about sums it up. Only slightly redeeming is Erica Cerra (from excellent TV series Eureka), but even she looks uninspired most of the time. Flash-back after flash-back, a bit of fighting and at least one completely pointless chase don't really help to give a lift to this 'adventure', and instead of a big finale where everything should fit into place, it falls flat like a pancake.
Unless you're Steve Austin's biggest fan and must have every bit of merchandise he produced, stay away and watch any old repeat on telly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By carlosnightman VINE VOICE on 29 Mar 2011
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Even though I'm a WWE (and Austin fan) I can't say I had high expectations for this one. Austin and his ilk have a habit of making average action movies which usually come with a decent synopsis and trailer. As you think `this one might actually be good' you are inevitably disappointed. It takes a lot these days to make an entertaining action movie- the fact is that we have seen it all before, especially hardened fans who grew up with the classics of the 80s and 90s. It takes something groundbreaking to really catch our imaginations now, a la The Matrix. That's not to say that filmmakers should stop trying- if you have a decent plot, interesting characters, and a talented case then go for it.

The main issue here is that of the aforementioned trilogy of criteria, each one is only partly met. We have the standard `man with amnesia wants answers and revenge' plot (Bourne Trilogy), we have stock characters with little motivation or background, and we have a cast of mostly unknown actors led by a director who is best known commercials. To say there is a lack of substance would show a lack of critical analysis. So from the start we are shooting for average- anything better would be quite an achievement.

Austin can easily hold an audience when in the ring, but on camera, following a script, the problems mount up. He does his best here, but he isn't in the ranks of Arnie, Stallone, etc. The script is merely a series of words with little flourish laid out so that the plot can reach its conclusion. The only thing of interest is the way that the back story is revealed slowly throughout the movie, although it is done with a lack of skill leaving the viewer bemused or bored.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By I Am Tyler Durden VINE VOICE on 29 Oct 2010
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Overall this was quite a dull B-movie. The acting was wooden, the plot was by the numbers, the action mediocre. Steve Austin does better villain than good guy, he was much better in the Expendables. For a rainy day only.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By piccolo VINE VOICE on 28 Oct 2010
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What do you get when a retired 'wrestler' stars in films- not a lot ! (bar the rock)- this is the same old Stone Cold from the old wrestling days, the same facial expressions and the same attitude, sure the film is a bit of nonsense fun action film but i wouldnt put it on my wish list. Only reason why you would want to watch this is if your an old Stone Cold fan and miss his on screen presence.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Octagon on 28 Oct 2010
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Having been a fan of wrestling, and of course stone cold steve austin, this DVD appealed to me and stood out for that reason, naturally. Steve austin, having retired from wrestling, and staring in lead roles for budget movies didnt exactly surprise me when watching this film, as a famous figure and a legend of wrestling stone cold would of course make a great actor for an action flick, and as it does work due to austin appearance, but the rest of the film does not. The film leaves alot to be desired, aside from steve austins average acting (mostly simple fight scenes and very little dialogue) the plot and the screenplay doesnt seem to work. The acting from the rest of the cast is lacklustre, austins on screen co star is probably the shining light in this film, the rest of the acting, especially towards the end isnt exactly what you would expect from a action movie, but it is what I expected from a budget movie which is basically what it is, so I rate this film 2 stars.
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