When Strangers Appear

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"Don't serve coffee to strangers."
  • R
  • 2001
  • 1 hr 36 min
  • 6.3  (3,142)

When Strangers Appear is a 2001 thriller film directed by Scott Reynolds and starring Radha Mitchell, Josh Lucas, and Barry Watson. The movie is set in a small, remote town on the coast of New Zealand where three strangers arrive separately, leading to a string of mysterious and violent events. The movie opens with a young woman named Beth (Radha Mitchell) driving to the small town. She stops at a convenience store where she meets Jack (Josh Lucas), a charming and charismatic drifter who is passing through town. Soon after, Beth checks into a local motel where she encounters a young couple, Darcy (Barry Watson) and Marilyn (Katie Wolfe).

As the title suggests, When Strangers Appear is a slow-burning thriller that explores the dangers of trusting people you don't know. The movie takes its time to set up the characters and build tension, with the first half of the film focusing on the interactions and relationships between the four main characters.

As the night goes on, strange things start to happen. Darcy and Marilyn's car is vandalized, their motel room is broken into, and they begin to suspect that Jack may be responsible. Meanwhile, Beth is struggling with her own demons and the reason for her visit to the town is slowly revealed.

As the plot thickens, the tension escalates and the film becomes more and more intense. The true intentions of the characters become more apparent and the film builds towards a suspenseful and action-packed finale.

One of the strengths of When Strangers Appear is its setting. The small New Zealand town is portrayed as picturesque and idyllic, but also claustrophobic and isolated. The vast ocean surrounding the town serves as a metaphor for the characters' emotional isolation and the danger lurking just beneath the surface.

Another standout element of the film is the acting. Radha Mitchell is particularly impressive as the troubled and conflicted Beth, while Josh Lucas brings an undeniable charisma and sense of danger to his role as Jack. Barry Watson and Katie Wolfe also deliver strong performances as Darcy and Marilyn, adding depth to their characters and making the audience care about their fate.

Overall, When Strangers Appear is a slow-burning thriller that is more interested in building tension and developing its characters than delivering cheap scares. The film rewards patient viewers with a satisfying climax and a memorable exploration of trust, isolation, and the dangers of strangers.

When Strangers Appear is a 2001 thriller with a runtime of 1 hour and 36 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.3.

When Strangers Appear
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    1 hr 36 min
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    6.3  (3,142)