I'm not sure whether to feel sorry for Halle Berry. She is, after all, one of the most beautiful women in the world and her turns in Introducing Dorothy Dandridge and Monster's Ball (for which she won an Oscar) proved she's got talent. But for all of her talent and accolades, she has a penchant for getting involved in inane movie projects—Swordfish, Catwoman, Gothika, and now Perfect Stranger.
In this "sexy thriller," Berry plays Rowena, an investigative journalist for the New York Courier. We pick up her story just as she's exposed a Mark Foley-like scandal. Her paper subsequently squashes the story and Ro quits after a drunken verbal tirade sponsored by the First Amendment.
After angrily walking out on her job, Ro runs to make the train and is followed by a woman calling out her name. Ro ignores her, as if she doesn't know her. Once Ro misses the train and the woman catches up with her in the station, Ro calls her Grace and tries to ignore her in the way you only can if you do actually know the person. Faced with conflicting clues, I wondered if Grace was mistaking Ro for someone else; perhaps she was a crazy-streetwalker-cum-sage who was speaking some mysterious prophecy; I even toyed with the idea that this Grace was a ghost.
Grace's rendezvous with Ro is an attempt to entice Ro to become an instrument of revenge; Grace's high-profile married lover, Harrison Hill, is now spurning her advances, and she wants Ro to reveal his philandering ways to the world. Rowena demurs with irritation, but Grace forces her to take a stack of incriminating e-mails as Ro gets on the next train. They part as Grace smirks, "Say hi to your mom."
Oh-so-gradually we learn that Rowena and Grace are childhood friends whose relationship has ...1