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Never Talk to Strangers

Never Talk to Strangers
Rebecca DeMornay and Antonio Banderas

Rated: R for sex and violence.
Reviewed by: Frank  
Release date: October 20, 1995 Released by: Columbia TriStar

This script probable looked great on paper. It has all the ingredients of a great twisted thriller, but in the hands of director Peter Hall it is exaggerated, overplayed, and laughable.

Dr. Sarah Taylor (Rebecca DeMornay), a criminal psychologist, is dissecting the fabrications of accused killer Max Cheski (Harry Dean Stanton). In an action which is out of character, she allows herself to be picked up in a grocery store by a stranger, Tony Ramirez (Antonio Banderas). They have a very passionate love affair which is presented graphically. Suddenly Dr. Sarah receives dead flowers and her cat is sent to her dead in a box. She is being stalked.

Director Hall runs his two main characters up and down emotional ladders. They scream at each other and then climb all over each other in bed. Banderas is a little better than usual, that's not saying much. His "Tony" is framed as mysterious, but he is transparent, as is the major twist because of the lack of creativity on Hall's part. DeMornay is acceptable but her performance can't carry the complexities of Dr. Sarah. Either she could not stretch her performance to meet the range of emotions or the direction crippled her.

Director Hall's inexperience in films crushed any hope this film may have had.

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