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Genre: Drama/Thriller
Starring: Halle Berry, Bruce Willis, Giovanni Ribisi, Gary Dourdan, Patti D'Arbanville, Clea Lewis
Director: James Foley
Rating: M18 (Coarse Language & Some Nudity)
Year Made: 2007




- Virtual Lives: The Making of Perfect Stranger



Languages: English/Spanish/
Subtitles: English/Spanish/
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1 Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 1 hr 49 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Origin Entertainment
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When her friend's affair with married ad exec Harrison Hill ends in the woman's murder, investigative reporter Rowena Price vows to bring the killer to justice. Suspecting Hill of the crime, she goes undercover by posing as two highly alluring women: Katherine, a sexy temp who works within the agency and Veronica, a seductive temptress he chats up online. Engaging in a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse, both Rowena and Hill begin to realize things may not be what they seem. For some people will go to great lengths to protect their secrets even if it means risking everything.


All’s not fair in the world of Hollywood. There are just some movies that everyone loves to hate. The year of 2007 is coming to an end, and this movie is definitely going down as one of those movies which any self respected reviewer must hate. And here I am, joining the bandwagon in panning this movie.

James Foley (The Corrupter) directs Halle Berry (Monster’s Ball, X-Men) and Bruce Willis (Lucky Number Slevin, Fast Food Nation) in this self-proclaimed erotic thriller which sees Berry’s investigative journalist trying to uncover the mystery of her friend’s gruesome murder. Willis’s cocky businessman is the prime suspect because he is known to be a womanizer and a corporate bad guy. Cue flirting from both parties: offline and online. You see, not only does Berry’s character situates herself at Willis’s firm as a temp, she chats him up using another identity online.

The premise does seem titillating, and the thought of sexy Berry (yes, the same one who emerged from the seas in Die Another Day) luring stupid men like Willis into confessing a crime does have potential to steam up any hot-blooded male viewer’s television screen. But the mismatched pairing of the two leads simply makes watching them flirt irritating. Willis does not seem very convinced of the role he is playing, although his constant smirk does make him a good slimy villain. And don’t think that you’d be seeing much action in this M18 flick, because even my low standards for anything sensational weren’t met.

Thanks to Givoanni Ribisi (the Dead Girl) then, because his computer hacker role does make things a bit more interesting throughout the 109-minute movie. His talkative and cheeky character will perk up your tired senses every now and then.

What ultimately kills this thriller is its attempt to be smart by having a twist during its last 15 minutes. This unnecessary move will only annoy viewers who have patiently sat through the past hour or so, hoping that the filmmakers would not pull a fast one on them. And when the movie finally reveals to you who the real killer is (oh, the suspense!), you’d probably be unimpressed by its redundancy. And the last shot of the movie finally does it for me. What did the filmmakers think this project was? A secondary school essay?

Ultimately, it is Berry we sympathize with. After all, she was an Oscar Best Actress, what has she done to her career? At least Catwoman made our imagination go wild with its slinky leather outfit.


This Code 3 DVD contains a 12-minute featurette “Virtual Lives: The Making of Perfect Stranger” where Berry tries to convince herself that this role is special, while Ribisi comes across as really convincingly as a lewd stalker. There are also “Previews” for other movies like Reign Over Me, Surf’s Up and Spider-man 3.


There is nothing to complain about for the disc’s visual transfer, and there are English, Spanish, Portuguese and Thai Dolby Digital 5.1 audio tracks to choose from.



Review by John Li


. Perfect Stranger (Movie Review)

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. Reign Over Me

. Surf's Up

. 5ivegirls

. Vacancy

. Paprika

. Walking Tall: Lone Justice

. Dead Mary

. Spider-Man 3

. Priceless

. Trust the Man

. The Contractor

. Blood And Chocolate

. The Wicker Man

. Wind Chill

. Are We Done Yet?

. Android Apocalypse

. Elizabeth I

. The Proposition

. 3 Needles

. Ghost Rider

. The Pursuit of Happyness

. The Illusionist

. Catch & Release


This review is made possible with the kind support from Origin Entertainment


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