Saturday, January 8, 2011

Strayed (2009)

Strayed / Заблудившийся (2009)

Genre: Thriller
Director: Akan Satayev
Starring: Andrey Merzlikin, Tungyshbai Al-Tarazi
Duration: 90 min.
Rating: 4.6/10

A man, his wife and young son travel across a deserted steppe by car. They get lost on a country road and are forced to spend the night in their car. Come morning, the man awakes to find that he is alone--his wife and son have disappeared. His first efforts to find them lead him to an isolated house inhabited by an old man and young woman. They seem to know everything about his family. The traveler does not feel comfortable staying but he does not want to leave the area in case his family shows up again. Odd things begin to happen in and around the house and the traveler becomes increasingly suspicious about his hosts. Ultimately, he becomes convinced they are the source of his misfortune and he must eliminate them before they eliminate him.


Strayed from director Akan Satayev, is Kazakhstan's official selection to the 83rd Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film.  It is a part psychological and part supernatural thriller with a suspenseful atmosphere, quality acting, and well crafted visuals.  Unfortunately the story lacks originality and the characters are rather one-dimensional.  I would be interested in seeing what this director can do with some quality writing.    


Adalmin said...

I have to say I'm really interested in finding out what happens. It's like Silent Hill in a desert.

Doo said...

It looks okay. Will take a look at it if I get some free time

Bonjour Tristesse said...

Were you expecting Borat?

Smile said...

Pity it lacks lacks originality

Suciô Sanchez said...

The actors don't look at all Kazakh.
I'd like to see some "Easterns" from that part of the world.

iAdrenaline said...

And I was wondering what I could be listening to tonight since I'd seen every interesting movie on the movie network channel! Thanks

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