Mena Suvari (American Beauty) unforgettably stars as Brandi, a hard-partying, overworked nursing assistant in this delicious, darkly humorous psychological thriller from director Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator, From Beyond). Brandi accidentally steers her car into a homeless man, movingly played by Stephen Rea (The Crying Game), sending him flying through the windshield. Not wanting to jeopardize a possible job promotion, she chooses not to get him medical help, leaving him clinging to life in her garage. But soon her psyche begins to unravel as captor and captive are pitted against each other in a bloody...even outrageous battle for survival. Director Stuart Gordon delivers what Variety called "ingeniously nasty and often shockingly funny" entertainment.
- Aspect Ratio : 1.78:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medR R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 6.5 x 5.25 x 0.3 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Item model number : IMG5098BR
- Director : Stuart Gordon
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 25 minutes
- Release date : October 14, 2008
- Actors : Mena Suvari, Stephen Rea, Russell Hornsby, Rukiya Bernard, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon
- Subtitles: : English, Spanish
- Producers : Christian Arnold-Beutel, Jay Firestone, John F.S. Laing, Julie G. Moldo, Ken Gord
- Studio : Image Entertainment
- ASIN : B001CITQZY
- Writers : John Strysik, Stuart Gordon
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #130,616 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Beginning and middle great, however for it to be based on a true story .. the ending thumbs down. In real life, the lady told on herself, the boyfriend didn't die and the victim died causing the lady 50 years in prison (boyfriend and his cousin serving time also). NOW, if it wasn't based on a true story ... the ending was a cool with a karma will hit you ending! O I felt bad laughing at some scenes but the light humor was funny.
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What starts off as a grim story about an accident, delves into what really can happen when you refuse to face consequences of actions which you know will land you in trouble. And Mena Suvari was outstanding as the nurse who has one moment of carelessness which changes her life, but it was the nuances in her character as the film goes on that were impressive. Imagine a nurse who discovers a rather darker side to her nature and her psyche goes through a major change. A nurse!! Ironic in itself. And look out for the scene when she goes a bit crazy when she catches her boyfriend with another girl, and she turns violent!! She starts out being the scared woman who's done something awful, then she turns into a kind of captor, for fear of prosecution (and maybe something else), and she's after a promotion as well. All the stuck man wants is help, but he soon realises that something is very wrong and is forced to help himself, which he actually manages to do, and it becomes a battle for survival. A homeless man really has nothing to lose, so his survival instincts are pretty strong.
It makes for quite grim viewing I suppose, but it certainly has a lot to say about human nature, and it keeps you guessing until the very end. Personally though, I don't think it's quite as grim as many have made it out to be. A car crash itself is grim, but that doesn't mean to say it has to be depressing. I have a copy now and I'm keeping it. Pretty challenging stuff I thought.
It is a kind of theatrical drama, since it is mostly set in a garage with a man stuck in a windshield, but this is enough to create a featurelenght film full of tension and a politically uncorrect and ambiguous morality.