Strangerland Blu-ray Review
“Strangerland” is an unsatisfying mystery film.
Having left their previous home for reasons later explained, Catherine and Martin and their two children (an out of control promiscuous daughter and a wandering son) make a small rural Australian town their new home. Alas, things don’t fare any better for this broken family as the parent’s two children disappear after a severe dust storm. With the help of a Detective (David), Catherine and Martin set out to find their children, but can they?
While the film centers around the mystery of the missing children, “Strangerland” is a psychological drama at heart. Through this genre, writers Michael Kinirons and Fiona Seres explore some deep themes about family, mistakes, pain, and secrets, but ultimately, the story leaves you with more questions than answers. To me, the open ended ending is an aggravating trend in cinema and it’s one that needs to stop. Film is not TV, web series, or books and films shouldn’t leave viewers hanging unless it’s part of a series of films. The entire slow burn structure of “Strangerland” gives viewers the impression that it’s leading to something, but it only partially delivers. That’s disappointing to say the least.
On the plus side, the cast (namely Joseph Fiennes, Nicole Kidman, and Hugo Weaving) give good performances across the board. Weaving and Kidman especially put their heart and soul into these characters.
Presentation: 2.40:1 1080p. How does it look? The dusty and bright exteriors shine in hi-def.
Audio Track: Dolby TrueHD 5.1. How does it sound? Sufficient.
* Alchemy trailers.
* “The Cast Featurette” features film clips, cast interviews, character discussions.
* “The Story Featurette” contains crew interviews, film clips, and story discussions.
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