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The Strays

2023 / 97m - UK
Mystery, Thriller
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A fun little mystery/thriller. It's a film that keeps its cards close to the chest, changing the dynamic with every twist it introduces. It's nothing too new and/or original, but the execution is on point and the pent-up stress of the lead character helped to push me to the edge of my seat.

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Neve is a black woman living in a wealthy rural village. She has done her best to adapt to her white neighborhood, and she is quite content with her life. Still, she fears something might upset the life she has fought so hard for. When two black kids appear in town, Neve's life is about to take a turn for the worse.

It's clear from the start that the lead character is hiding something, and her lingering fear and frustration make for an antsy experience. The twists are good, the ending is fitting and the presentation is slick. I had a lot of fun with this film. Not sure why it has such a bad rep, but if you like a film with high-strung nerves, just give it a go.