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I thought this was a fantastic movie! It did get a bit slow at times, (it did take him a long time to get out of the car) and sometimes I was unsure what was real and what were his hallucinations, but I like movies that keep me wondering. My biggest problem with it is that I watched the trailer first and that ruins the big revelation towards end. DON'T WATCH THE TRAILER!! If you loved 127 Hours then you will probably like this too, but if you didn't then you should probably avoid this movie. You just have to be able to focus. If you are easily bored or distracted then you will miss the whole point of the movie. Turn off your cell phone before watching it. No texting in the middle of it!
Imagine: you wake up in a car wreck at the bottom of a ravine. Your face, as you can see in the front passenger mirror, is bruised and bloody. Your leg is stuck under the dashboard. You don't know who you are and how you got there. The driver seat is empty. The front window is smashed. There is a dead man on the back seat. You don't know him. You turn on the radio, and among the brief snippets that you catch are Tiny Tim's hit song (which might help with a time line, together with the car model) and a piece of news about a bank robbery.
Are you one of the robbers? You find a revolver below the driver seat. You find a credit card in the name of one of the robbers, which had been mentioned on the radio. Are you Raymond? After some time you manage to wriggle out of the car. Your leg is broken. You improvise a stabilizer by using pieces of wood and a belt. You hallucinate about a woman coming to help you. You hallucinate about a puma around the car, then about a friendly dog. You start crawling away from the wreck. You find 2 more dead bodies. You begin to remember bits and pieces. You find a road....
No spoilers here.
All this might sound like good suspense, but it is, after all, just so...so. The script is not carrying a full length feature. Brody is credible but left alone. The story is too often confusing between hallucinations and actual events.
Not a stupid flick, but somehow deficient. Not enough meat on the bone! Not for the puma and not for the dog.
On one edge is the depressing realization that Hollywood has genuinely run out of ideas. Using their business model, they've completely crushed all original thought and ingenuity from within. When 'Swimming With Sharks' came out, I was amused at what I believed to be satire. Turns out it was a documentary in disguise. I really shouldn't be surprised, not really. The so-called progressive herd mentality that exists there today in 2011 tends to foster the worst types of misguided hardcore entrenched mindsets, not the least of which results in dead creativity.
On the other edge is that they're quite adept at taking an older product and spiffying up with a bit of modern polish and adding a sharper tack. Taking something old-n-rusty and making it look and feel new again is a genuine talent, and it's one I appreciate, even if it's essentially parasitic.
Such is the case with 'Wrecked' - an engaging reboot of the classic 1953 movie 'Inferno' starring Robert Ryan. I tried to locate an Amazon Product Link, unfortunately it has yet to find a commercial release, so you'll have to take my word that this production is indeed a reboot.
So what happens when you awake trapped in terrible car wreck - and you have absolutely no clue how or why you're there? Bloody, injured, dead bodies laying around, and apparently you're the only survivor. It's a clever twist on the original screenplay. And adding traumatic amnesia adds a dramatic flair, as Brody's character has to struggle with the loss of his very identity in an effort to understand his predicament.
Like the original, this film tells the story of a man who has to survive in the desolate wilderness with a severe injury and no hope of rescue.Read more ›
"Wrecked" doesn't provide the kind of catharsis that some other films, showing lone individuals struggling against wilderness odds, have provided. I'm thinking of such superior movies as "Inferno" starring Robert Ryan.
Nor does Brody show the resourcefulness that would keep us engaged, learning survival skills along the way. Brody's character doesn't exercise much ingenuity in coping. So we aren't left with any sense of triumphing against daunting odds. There's no celebration of survival, in the way movies such as "The Flight of the Phoenix" inspire. The viewer of "Wrecked" won't feel infused with gratitude for being alive after heroic struggle.
Most of the interest of this story rests in Brody's flashbacks as he tries to piece together who he is and how he ended up in a crashed car in the middle of the woods. But his piecemeal recollections aren't enough to carry this film. Even the turn of his final recollection doesn't bring sufficient weight to this film. Mostly, "Wrecked" is a man scrabbling around in the woods, injured and disoriented. And that's just not enough to make a really worthwhile movie.
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A 90 minute film that was 91 minutes too long.
This is another one of those (more-or-less) one man movies where guy is in danger, doesn't know how he got there and has... Read more
Imagine waking up and finding yourself trapped in a wrecked car in the woods with no idea how you got there or how to escape? That's the situation Adrien finds himself in. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Bryan
Adrien Brody does a credible job. But, this move would have been a terrific 30-minute Twilight Zone episode, not an hour and forty minute movie. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Danny Wright
I started to watch it and lost interest so as is my practice with movies I give up on, it got one star. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Ilbob
As always a good acting role for Adrien Brody. I am one of those people who do not care for Adrien Brody, but every time I see him I say he did a good job. Read morePublished 22 months ago by dhart
Wow, this movie is bizarre. There is almost no dialogue. It reminds me of Robert Redford performance in All is Lost. Having said that, this is considered a survival movie. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Victor M. Sanchez II
Interesting watch. This was a late night choice, nothing spectacular but it did capture my attention until the end .Published on May 24, 2014 by BJB