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Wrecked

by on April 1, 2011
 

What would you do if you woke up one day and you were in a car accident? Better yet, what if you woke up one day in the car accident, but you were in the middle of the woods and had no idea who you were or how you got there? This is the predicament that Adrien Brody’s character finds himself in Michael Greenspan’s feature debut, “Wrecked.”

The story begins as a man (Brody) awakens to find himself in the middle of the woods battered and pinned in a mangled car, with no idea who he is or how he got there. With only a body in the backseat and the radio to keep him company, the man attempts to piece together who he is and free himself from the car. After repeated attempts, the man is able to free himself from the car but can’t walk due to a broken leg. Now, as he begins his journey for help, the man begins to piece together his identity and realizes he may be better off not remembering.

“Wrecked” starts off interesting enough. You begin to wonder what is going on. How did you get there? Will his insurance cover that? But curiosity is quickly replaced with boredom as the first 40 minutes of the film is filled with the character hallucinating and desperately trying to reach for a piece of chocolate on the driver’s-side floor.

The movie does begin to pick up once Brody is able to escape the car because his character is only able to drag himself along thanks to his broken leg. Unfortunately, after another 30 minutes of Brody wriggling around the woods, the pace really slows to a crawl (pun intended), and the suspense is quickly replaced by boredom.

I am generally a fan of Brody’s, and he does give as much as he can to his three pages of dialogue, but the length and pacing are what ultimately brings the film down. “Wrecked” feels like Greenspan had really great concept for a 30-minute short and decided to stretch it out to 90 minutes. There are some really great moments throughout the film that are legitimately interesting — the fact that Brody makes an unlikely friend along the way and the revelation of how the events unfolded bucking expectations. If you’re a fan of Brody and claustrophobic “Who am I?” flicks, then you may really like “Wrecked,” but don’t plan on getting anywhere fast.

 

Film: 2.5 Yaps