Movie Reviews

DVD Review: “Perfect Stranger”

(Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. 2007. 1 Disc. Widescreen. 109 minutes. Color. Rated R. Directed by James Foley.) Halle Berry, Bruce Willis, Giovanni Ribisi, Gary Dourdan. Music by Antonio Pinto.

Ms. Berry is still fighting the Oscar curse — she hasn’t had a critical or popular hit since Monster’s Ball. In the meantime we’ve endured mediocrities like Die Another Day, Gothika, and the truly awful Catwoman. I’d call Perfect Stranger a notch above mediocre, but just. Berry’s an investigative reporter (doing quite well, considering the breathtaking Manhattan apartment building she lives in) whose friend’s affair with a married ad exec (Willis) ends in the woman’s murder. Berry goes undercover as two women to bring the killer to justice. Ribisi’s a colleague with more than a professional interest in our heroine — or heroines. A few interesting twists, but the big one at the end falls kinda flat. Offbeat score by Pinto. A making-of doc is the one lonely extra.