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Movie review: Never Talk to Strangers

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Movie review: Never Talk to Strangers


Sarah is a psychologist, currently evaluating a serial killer, when she meets the mysterious Tony. It isn’t long before they are involved in a steamy affair. It also isn’t long before she starts getting disturbing phone calls and deliveries.

Rebecca De Mornay (Sarah), Antonio Banderas (Tony), Dennis Miller (Cliff), Len Cariou (Henry).

Good plot in this movie but development seemed slow, almost plodding at times. Once it got moving a bit things got good and the movie holds your interest well. It was a nice mix having clean cut and pale De Mornay paired with hairy, dark, naughty Banderas. Surprisingly it worked well. They seemed to have good energy for the plot and their parts and made things work well. Of course, it helps there were some nice sex scenes with nice shots of De Mornay naked. That, and her acting, are what carried this film.

De Mornay did a wonderful job in the role, switching from prim and proper to demure to violent and angry without a hiccup. Sadly, the same can’t be said for Banderas who just didn’t seem to be putting the energy into this one. From other movies he has done he obviously has more potential than displayed here. Miller was okay but, he also had a bit part. Same with Cariou.

Camera work was very good, as was sound, dialogue, and sets.

Obviously a thriller with a decent budget, this one delivers decent entertainment. There are better thrillers and there are worse but, overall this is a good solid film worth a watch. De Mornay fans will particularly enjoy this both for her performance and the nudity.

Obviously not for kids due to the graphic sexuality, nudity, violence, and foul language.

Released: 1995
Reviewed: 2.11.14
Star rating: 4 out of 5
Genre: Thrillers, Psychological Thrillers, Crime Thrillers, Erotic Thrillers, Suspense

copyright ©2014 Dave Riedel

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