Spoiler-Free Review of “The Stranger” (2022) on Netflix: An Engrossing Watch

*This is a spoiler-free review so feel free to read on!*

“What I care about is you being honest with me…”

The Stranger (2022) premiered on Netflix on October 19th 2022. The Australian crime drama (loosely based on real events) stars Joel Edgerton and Sean Harris. It runs for an hour and fifty-seven minutes.

An undercover cop strikes up a friendship with a murder suspect, attempting to get a confession out of him while risking both of their lives.

Here is the trailer:

The Stranger is a captivating watch from start to finish with compelling performances and so much intensity. Is it worthy of your next watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Two incredible performances.

Both actors really went all in for this film. I was blown away by how convincing they were. Sometimes movies transport you somewhere else and that’s what this film did. My eyes were glued to the screen because they were two powerful forces with so much range. I was already a fan of Edgerton, but wow was this performance incredible!

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A different kind of intensity…

This isn’t your typical crime thriller or drama. The moments of intensity are more subtle, but they still have the same impact. The conversations between these two men and the moments leading up to the end truly had me completely hooked.

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Beautifully shot.

The use of lighting worked very well in this film. So many scenes were absolutely breathtaking. Even for the darker moments, the muted and grayish lighting worked as well. Everything just came together brilliantly.

The Cons:

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Heavy at times.

This film had a darker tone to it and some moments were really heavy. I wouldn’t say this is a con, but I needed to be in the right mindset to watch and truly appreciate this film.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!!!

Engrossing, well-performed, and intense!

This film was done so well and it deserves a lot of praise and recognition.

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on The Stranger (2022) in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!


Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl


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