Movie: Perfect Stranger (2007)
Writer: Todd Komarnicki
It's no secret that after 2001, when she won the Academy Award for her performance in Monster's Ball, Halle Berry's career, save for her limited work in 2003's X2: X-Men United, followed the lead of Cuba Gooding, Jr.'s post-Oscar output. You know it's bad when your best movie in 11 years is the awesomely awful Catwoman. So what's Berry's worst flick since '01? Perfect Stranger, hands down.
It's the caliber of project you'd expect someone like Sharon Stone to sign onto, not a naturally gifted actress hot off an Academy Award victory—kind of like Catwoman, come to think of it. But we digress. In Perfect Stranger, Berry plays Rowena, a feisty reporter who gets caught up in a web of murder as she investigates an advertising executive (Bruce Willis). Murders that, surprise, Rowena committed herself, triggered by the childhood trauma of seeing her mother kill her daddy with a fireplace poker.
Yes, it's another case of the protagonist turning out to be the killer, but in this case the generic reveal's shittiness was amplified by the film's commercials and marketing campaign, which all teased that Perfect Stranger had one hell of a twist. They might as well have also falsely said that Berry got naked again.