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Dull, uninspired and poorly edited,
This review is from: The Stranger [DVD]  (DVD)
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Former wrestler 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin continues to make a name for himself by starring in tough action movies. Having recently kicked Stallone's behind in 'The Expendables', he certainly has screen presence but is that enough to carry a film alone?
To be fair, Austin's performance is really the least of 'The Stranger's problems. He is perfectly adequate as the good guy, although I would prefer to see him more in the villain's role. With a storyline that has been done countless times, most recently by the hugely successul Bourne trilogy, 'The Stranger' struggles to do anything fresh or new. In short, Austin plays a vagrant who was formerly an FBI agent - but he has lost his memory and has to go on the run before his enemies catch him.
Being a straight-to-dvd effort, I didn't expect great filmmaking, but this is really one big snoozefest with no decent action and a slow, tedious pace. In fact, the film goes out of its way to irritate and confuse the audience. The editing is atrocious at times, with flashbacks constantly disrupting the flow and crazy camerawork which tries to disguise sub-par sequences. At one point, Austin and his co-star steal a motorbike and escape along a STRAIGHT and EMPTY road, with a SINGLE police car casually in pursuit - this was presumably supposed to be a "big" set-piece.
Note to the director: it's no good jazzing up the camera unless something interesting is actually occuring on screen!
The supporting cast are given just as much screen time as Austin but because the script is so weak and goes in circles, we neither care what happens to them or Austin's character. In short, there is nothing at all to recommend about 'The Stranger' but that's saying anything against Steve Austin, just the filmmakers.