The Strange Ones Movie

The Strange Ones: Unpredictable story makes the movie true to its name

The Strange Ones is the story of a camping trip turning into a psychological drama. It is the first ambitious project of the directors Christopher Radcliff and Lauren Wolkstein and they delivered it flawlessly. The ease with which two travelers change their identities makes them really strange. They seem to have no history or identity in the past.

The trip begins

Two travelers in a car headed to nowhere. They’re continuously driving and also asking each-other where they’re headed for. But the answer is as vague as the question is. Sam relaxing on the backseat of the car asks Nick who’s on the driving seat, where are we headed for and the Nick answers “Nowhere”. Also they’ve different identities and stories for interlocutors. Suddenly Nick receives a text message about his whereabouts. He is asked whether he’s dead and he replies in Yes. But it isn’t clear what they’re running from.

The bottom of the story

It is based on a short story of the same name. The directors made it clear that Sam and Nick are on the run so that the audiences start looking for answers of other questions why, where and who. It is a good storyline and also a great way to tell a story especially when suspense is the main USP. Considering the difference between their ages, it is easy to infer that they can’t be friends. It is clear that either Sam is under pressure or he’s abducted by Nick.

Relationship between the two

Nick says that they’re headed towards a place where there is solitude; where there is verdant greenery and where there’re trees and lots of flora and fauna. There is no clarity on destination because no such destination exists on earth. Nick is very caring towards Sam and this is evident from Nick asking Sam whether he’s happy with the trip.

How the trip becomes more elusive for the two is the main thing to be seen. It seems that their past haunts them all the way and the suspense breaks when all questions have satisfactory answers.

The Strange Ones First Look & Poster

The poster looks more like front cover of a book than a movie poster. It has shadow of a man and a hand tapping on the head of the shadow. There is red mark on the area where the hand is touching the head. The red color shows the pressure. Movie name and other details are provided on top.

Why watch the movie?

It is a suspense drama hence different from regular stories. Good thing about the movie is that it is able to hold the viewers till end. Also the suspense remains interesting even after opening.


Directed – Christopher Radcliff, Lauren Wolkstein
Produced – Sébastien Aubert, Shani Geva, Michael Prall, Eric Schultz, Daniela Taplin Lundberg
Screenplay – Christopher Radcliff
Story – Christopher Radcliff, Lauren Wolkstein
Starring – Alex Pettyfer
James Freedson-Jackson
Emily Althaus
Gene Jones
Owen Campbell
Tobias Campbell
Release date – March 11, 2017 (SXSW)
Running time – 81 minutes
Country – United States
Language – English



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