Shadows of a Stranger
Joseph Kiel (executive) for Stranger Tale Films
directed by Chris Clark, Richard Dutton
starring Ian Mude, Chris Clark, Colin Baker, Martha Watson Allpress, Julie Neesam, Sarah-Jane Honeywell, Kay Roberts, Andrew Canadine, Colin McFarlane (voice), Paul Kelleher, Malcolm Lord, Jane Tucker, Tony Gordon, Kit Tinsley, Trevor Glenn, Bethan McDay, Nikki Langworthy, Rosie Davis, Sydney Patrick Apedaile, Barnaby Edwards, Ian Cullen, Oliver Fabian, Nick Holmes, Sarah Barzyk, Craig Pakes, Craig Tinsley, Ben Thwaites, Claire Tyler
written by Richard Dutton, music by Eric Wayman, Cantemus, visual effects by Chris Clark, Richard Dutton
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It's Christmas, and David Sherborne (Ian Mude) a private eye, and
according to his own account a very bad one, bad enough to not even be
able to find out his own wife (Julie Neesam) had an affair, is down on his
luck. But then he's hired by legless but infinitely rich Fallon (Colin
Baker) to find his only son Ian (Andrew Canadine) whom he hasn't seen in
more than 2 decades. Thing is, nobody so far had been able to find Ian,
least of all the police, and the last private detective Fallon had hired -
incidently Sherborne's partner - had died in an "accident" ...
and still, Fallon trusts Sherborne. Thing is, Sherborne has no idea where
to even start - but then he finds Xander (Chris Clark) in a bar, a young
man who just happens to have strong psychic abilities. Problem is, Xander
can always get Sherborne close to Ian but never pinpoint his location -
until the two find out Ian is probably the "Christmas Slasher",
who (duh!) usually makes a few killings this time of the year. Now that's
bad enough, but it's even worse that Sherborne's own daughter (Martha
Watson Allpress) gets caught up in things, and before long, everything
seems to be heading for disaster ...
So ok, Shadows of a
Stranger does look quite a bit like a videogame as it was shot mostly
in front of blue screens with artificial backgrounds and stuff filling in
for actual sets, and that might seem a bit irritating at the beginning
(and I won't lie, it was to me) - but once one comes to accept that fact,
it's very easy to fall into the story, a very complex mystery tale with
supernatural undercurrents that twists and turns so often along the way it
will utterly surprise you quite a few times. And no matter whether most
things are CGI or not, this is a movie rich on atmosphere, plus a first
rate cast will also help you enjoy this one!