The Stranger (2010) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Action
Anchor Bay || R - 90 minutes - $34.98 || June 1, 2010
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2010-06-30


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Robert Lieberman
Writer(s): Quinn Scott (written by)
Cast: Steve Austin, Erica Cerra, Adam Beach


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Featurette


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (PCM 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Why is it that if you wrestle that somehow qualifies you to be an actor? After at least two failed films, failed television shows, and other failed ventures, Steve Austin tries his hand yet again at acting with The Stranger. He plays a homeless bum at first that transforms into a killing machine. Yes, that sounds interesting to all two people in the entire world; the rest of us can go have a civilized conversation about how people get paid too much money to write horrible scripts like this film.

The Stranger (Steve Austin, no, seriously) is a homeless bum who runs from the cops and F.B.I chasing him because he killed some people or something like that. Grace (Erica Cerra) and Mason (Adam Beach) are trying to find him to explain his side of the story and figure out what really happened many years ago. It turns out that Stranger’s family died in an explosion and Stranger was undercover when it happened. Mason works for the F.B.I. and talks to his boss Picker (Ron Lea) who says that the case should be thrown away and to forget about it.

Mason is forced to give up the case but Grace doesn’t, and manages to find tracks of Stranger in a rural area in Mexico. Stranger killed a bunch of cops trying to smuggle immigrants on board and now lives near the waters on a boat. She finds him and some other crap happens, some other people who are somehow related to earlier events show up, Stranger kills a bunch of people, hot wires a motorcycle, a big twist ending I saw coming happens, and more crap.

I don’t really know what else I can say about this movie, and as you can probably tell from the above paragraph, I was bored about twenty minutes into the flick. First off, the movie is boring and has little to no action the entire duration of the painful ninety minute runtime. Second, the acting here is so putrid it deserves all the Razzies possible at the Razzy awards ceremony later in the year. Third, well, the movie is just plain awful.

How are these films funded and how do they make money? There’s no plot, the story is predictable, and the big “twist” ending can be seen coming a mile away. There’s really no rhyme or reason as to what happens in the movie, as countless amounts of officers, agents and civilians are killed or wounded the entire time and yet the police never arrive on time. I know it’s cliché for people to arrive later than they are needed, but seriously ten minutes after a character says “they’ll be here soon” is just utter crap.

The only reason to watch this movie is to punish your significant other for starting a fight over something stupid.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

The only extra available is a Behind the Scenes extra that is short and pointless. I wouldn’t bother unless you want to inflict more mental pain on yourself for watching this dribble.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Surprisingly enough, this transfer isn’t all that bad. Colors are drowned out though and present little to no vibrant colors the entire time and that is somewhat of a problem for me. This is an action film and I expect some colors to shine a little bright. Instead, the only color that shines bright is whatever color is being reflected on top of Steve Austin’s bald head. There’s also a considerable amount of noise and grain encased in the film’s night time and day time scenes. So much that in fact, I thought their faces and heads were moving constantly and not from talking. This is truly just not a fascinating picture by any means and one that needed some major work done on it before being released to the shelves.

Both a Dolby Digital 5.1 and PCM 5.1 track are available for your listening pleasure. I say pleasure since the movie has such awful dialogue it’s almost a treat to listen to. The PCM 5.1 track is clearly the dominant one here, although I’m not sure by how much as though the track is light on the dialogue and even lighter on the action. The gunshots sound muffled and dull, which as you may know, in an action movie that completely destroys the atmosphere. Surround sound is non-existent as well, as though I only recall the surround speakers going off a few times and when they did the sound was quite low.



.::OVERALL::.

The Stranger is a complete bore for an action film and another reason why Steve Austin should stop acting and go back to whatever he did before he tried acting. The technical package is pretty abysmal and the special features are basically non-existent. This is one to pass on or maybe purchase to give as a gag gift to a friend who just got a Blu-ray player.