2020. Available on Netflix.
Seemingly happily married with a nice house and two children, Adam Price (Richard Armitage) has a good life. Or at least, he thinks he does. That’s until ‘the stranger’ (Hannah John-Kamen) turns up.
One day, while he’s watching one of his kids play football, a young woman in a baseball cap approaches him and starts to make troubling and damaging accusations about his wife (Dervla Kirwan). Upsetting though this is, the stranger’s allegations cannot be easily dismissed. She clearly has insider knowledge and her claims seem to have the ring of truth about them. What should Adam do?
This is just the starting point for Netflix’s British-set crime drama, The Stranger which is based on US author Harlan Coben’s 2015 novel. And while never hard to follow, there’s a lot going on in this intensely plotted, incredibly gripping thriller.
Coben isn’t Albert Camus but his story certainly raises lots of interesting questions. Should Adam confront his wife or leave things be? Who is the stranger anyway? How does she know so much? Is she a force for good or evil? Does Adam have any skeletons in his own closet? Furthermore, what exactly happened at the wild teenage party Adam’s son attended? Why did a teenage boy end up running naked through the woods? Can Adam save ex-cop Stephen Rea’s house from destruction? And, most bizarre of all, why did someone decapitate an alpaca in the street?
Totally compelling from beginning to end, The Stranger also features a rare straight role for Jennifer Saunders.
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Stranger almost as bad if not horrible as the Australian series wanted I just get sucked into some of the worst shows and I keep hoping they’re going to turn it around sadly this wasn’t the case with the stranger I stuck it out to just see how much of a stinker it was committed to being
Thank you for your comments, but I don’t agree. The Stranger had a gripping (if far-fetched) storyline and some excellent performances. It was generally well-received and definitely doesn’t fit into the ‘stinker’ category. I’ve never seen Wanted, but as it was nominated for a ‘Best Drama’ Emmy and ran for three seasons, I would suspect that wasn’t as bad as you say either. In short, if you enjoy watching terrible shows, there are probably far worse series around!