Run time: 91 min
Genres: Adventure | Drama | Mystery
Director: Michael Greenspan
Writers: Christopher Dodd
Stars: Adrien Brody, Caroline Dhavernas, Ryan Robbins
A man awakens in a mangled car-wreck at the bottom of a steep cliff. Injured and trapped inside, with no memory of how he got there or who he is, he must rely on his most primal instincts to survive. But as he attempts to free himself from the carnage and escape an impossible situation, a darker side is revealed. Even if he manages to survive, the man may have to face the horrible consequences of an earlier, forgotten life. Written by IFC Films
|Plot Keywords: car, thief, memory, man with no name, murder|
Country: USA, Canada
Release Date: 10 June 2011 (Turkey)
Opening Weekend: $2,054 (USA) (1 April 2011)
Gross: $4,821 (USA) (8 April 2011)
Wrecked is an interesting little low budget film that has a fairly promising premise that should attract the viewers (because the poster certainly won't).
A man wakes up in a car wreck in the woods with no idea of who he is or why he got there, with his only company being that of the dead body in the seat next to him. It soon becomes apparent that help is not coming and he has to get out of the car. But once he's free, his troubles have only just begun, as he finds out that he is not alone in the woods.
There is a lot to like about this little film. Adrien Brody does a great job of displaying how painful and lonely it would be if one was trapped in this particular situation, and of course the film rests on his acting and the great imagery and camera work. The film never becomes too slow, and there is always a new little plot point or clue that leads the viewer on.
Of course one should not go into this film expecting a sordid tale of survival and battles with mountain lions. Instead, what we have is a psychological exploration, where the woods serve as the back drop for all of the character's guilts and desires, and soon we are doubting what is real and what isn't. Think of J.G. Ballard's "Concrete Island" or Stephen King's "Gerald's Game".
While it is ultimately weak with a so-so story, "Wrecked" is worth watching at least once just to enjoy the work of Brody and the fluid flow of the film.
Right. First of all I need to express my disappointment. I was really looking forward to seeing this movie for quite some time now. Ever since I saw the trailer, from which it looked really attractive. It looked like it was going to be an interesting, psychedelic story, with twists and tension. ESPECIALLY due to the fact that ADRIEN BRODY is there! Because after seeing ''The Jacket'', in which Adrien Brody also starred, I was left stunned. So you can imagine the gripping excitement that came to me about half a year ago before the release of ''Wrecked'' when I found out that a movie like this would come out! But everyone, who has high hopes for this film because of the same, or at least a similar reason, can give up right now. This movie will definitely NOT satisfy, let alone EXCEEED, your expectations, because…well…It is boring. Simple as that. The plot itself is really plain. So plain, that it would actually be difficult to spoil anything, since there is almost nothing to spoil. The trailer alone can give out practically everything. And the film is really TOO LONG. And that makes this dull plot even MORE painfully tiresome. If they would have reduced the whole movie to about 30 minutes, I am sure it would have turned out to an interesting short, but now, harshly speaking, it looks like a bad version of ''127 hours''. This movie practically tells nothing new or interesting to the audience. But there is one reason to not completely condemn this title. Adrien Brody. Even thought, the story is disappointing, I cannot complain in any way about the amazing performance by Adrien Brody. Flawless acting. But that's it. Nothing more essentially positive that I can think of that was good in this movie… The make-up on Adrien Brody maybe?… If you have a significantly huge amount of unbendable patience within you, you may actually get lucky and think it was an OK movie. Otherwise, which is a lot more likely, you WILL not be impressed. At all.
This movie could have been excellent (or at least rated above 5 / 10 stars) with one or two less loooong drawn out scenes of the main character crawling up (or down or over or through) the woods, stopping and looking out into the wild. Seriously, I wanted to shoot myself from about minutes 45 to 75. I suppose the screenwriter had no choice but to pad the movie since it was already going to be relatively short (hmmm, maybe it could be a Short instead?).
You would think that after 5 years of writing there would be much more than crawling and panning forest shots. Oh well.
Give me the first and last 30 minutes of the movie and I would be very happy with the outcome.
A man (Adrien Brody) awakes amnesic in a wrecked car in the woods with his leg trapped in the front panel. Sooner he finds that he is in a inhospitable area with wild animals surrounding him and that there is a dead man on the back seat and another one on the land. When he listens to the news on the radio, he learns that three armed and dangerous men had heisted a bank and killed the security guard. The man finally releases his leg from the panel and finds the stolen money in the trunk; then he concludes he is the third thief. He unsuccessfully tries to find a way out of the jungle while he has flashes of recollections of his past.
"Wrecked" is a low-budget one-actor film that could have been a great short. The performance of Adrien Brody is awesome but the running time is too long for a plot that is actually a storyline where nothing happens. The director dawdles the viewer with repetitive and confused scenes and in the end I was bored and anxious to see the conclusion. My vote is five.
Title (Brazil): "Armadilha do Destino" ("Trap of the Destiny")