Sunday, May 28, 2017

Stereo (2014)

Erik is your normal, everyday kind of guy.  He runs a repair shop.  His head is clean-shaven.  He has tattoos on his arm.  He’s exactly the kind of guy you’d want your daughter to date.  In fact, he unknowingly meets his girlfriend’s father when he gets pulled over for speeding on his way to said girlfriend’s house.  Julia, the girlfriend, lives with Linda, her daughter.  (There’s no mention of who Linda’s father is, but Erik seems to be filling the role nicely.)

One day, a guy with a hood starts watching Erik from afar.  Eventually, the hooded figure gets close enough to introduce himself as Henry.  Shortly thereafter, another guy shows up claiming that he knows who Erik really is and that Erik had better do what the mystery man says, or else he’ll call Keitel and give Erik up.  The problem is that Eric has no idea who either of these two men are, although he later admits that Henry seems familiar.  Henry would rather have nothing to do with either of them.  All he wants is to be left alone with Julia and Linda.  That’s not possible now.  Erik comes to realize that he has a past that’s about to catch up with him, whether he remembers it or not.

I have to admit that the movie wasn‘t what I expected.  I had added the movie to my list of movies to watch on Netflix, although I’m not sure why.  The description doesn’t give away much and with good reason.  You wonder if the good guy is really bad and you come to find out that the bad guys are even worse.

Keitel one guy you don’t want to mess with.  He walks with a limp due that he blames on Erik.  He has naked women all around him, many of them partially or fully naked.  He has henchmen that have no problem kidnapping Julia, her father and her daughter to use as leverage.  Keitel even shoots one of them.  The fist part of the movie is at least of questionable appropriateness for children.  The second part is about as close to no one under 18 as you’ll streaming on Netflix.

To be honest, I’m not really sure what I expected.  Netflix seems to have a few different descriptions, so it’s possible that I saw one that accurately described the movie.  Be prepared to ask questions.  (You will get many of them answered, although not necessarily here.)  Like Erik, we’re wondering what’s real and what’s a vivid hallucination.  Julia’s father points out that Erik doesn’t seem to have a past beyond a few years ago.  (No run-ins with the law for most of his life, then Erik gets 16 speeding tickets in a few years?)

It’s hard to go into a lot of detail without giving away the movie.  Most of the fun is figuring out what’s going on, just as Erik is.  You kind of know what’s going on.  Like Planet of the Apes, the cover gives away a hint.  I actually debated over whether or not to finish the movie.  I’m glad I finished it.

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