Stray, Nena Eskridge: Film Review
Stray, Nena Eskridge: Drama
Director: Nena Eskridge
Writer: Nena Eskridge
Release Date: 2015
Release Format: Streaming
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 1 Hour 47 Minutes
Stray begins on an idyllic countryside meadow: a willow tree bending over an azure pond, farm animals grazing on hilly fields, and–suddenly–a young woman, Jennifer, rolls out of a van and away from a male assailant.
She stabs him and escapes narrowly into the forest, with nothing but a small pink knapsack. Jennifer lands in the sedate and equally idyllic Chestnut Hill, picking up shifts at a local bar, and finding a friend in Greg, the bar’s owner.
But Jennifer isn’t content to remain friends. She quickly comes between Greg and his fiancée, Sarah, by falling pregnant and claiming Greg as the father of her child.
But just as she is on the brink of becoming a part of a family, her hidden, unspeakable past catches up to her, which spells disaster for all who have come to know her in Chestnut Hill.
Is it possible for Jennifer to break the cycle and overcome her violent history, or will she flee again, doomed to remain a wandering stray?
Stray released on Amazon Prime and Google Play from Indie Rights. The film follows Jennifer Davis, a woman hiding a dark and troubled past. Actress Gabrielle Stone portrays the protagonist.
In an attempt to run from her past, and settle down, Jennifer moves to Chestnut Hill. She lands a job at a local restaurant, and in time seduces the owner, Greg. Actor Dan McGlaughlin portrays Greg. To complicate the situation Greg is involved with Sarah. Actress Samantha Fairfield Walsh plays Sarah.
Jennifer’s cruel intentions manifest. She manipulates Greg, breaking his relationship. Sarah tried to warn Greg of Jennifer’s manipulation but he didn’t believe her.
After her baby is born, Jennifer starts to show her dark side. Greg begins to realize she’s not as sweet as portrayed.
Nena Eskridge’s Film has a good story and plot. What makes it even more intriguing is the female lead character. Jennifer’s character is disturbed both on a mental and emotional level. The character hides her wounds through beauty, manipulation. She uses seduction and cleverness to her advantage.
Gabrielle Stone does a tremendous job at tackling her dark, in-depth role. She emerges from the mind of a killer with success and a convincing manner. Few actors can handle this.
Nena Eskridge’s film developed slow and at some points can feel like a soap opera. It’s like watching the life of a killer in slow motion. It gets dull here and there.
Women in dominant roles have become mainstream. These films are becoming more and more popular as years roll by.
Stray is one of the best dominant female roles in the serial killer theme. This since Patty Jenkins’ Monster. In this 2003 release, Charlize Theron portrays the notorious Aileen Wuornos with outstanding performance.
Few can portray a serial killer with success. Sometimes the performance quality doesn’t measure up. Women killers in cinema can sometimes be scarier and more convincing than male counterparts.
Women killers are usually beautiful with addictive personalities. These qualities that can be of use as a dangerous weapon to lure victims.
The victims don’t see it coming. When the truth is discovered, the realization is more shocking and surprising. This is the case with Nena Eskridge’s lates film.
Stray is available to watch on the Amazon Prime and Google Play platforms.Click for information on rating metric: 0-10 Avoid | 11-20 Mediocre | 21-30 Good | 31-40 Average | 41-50 Satisfactory | 51-60 Stunning | 61-70 Terrific | 71-80 Must See | 81-90 Amazing | 91-100 Impressive