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Wrecked is basically a one-man show, and I must say Adrien Brody turned in a terrific performance as that one man (he does his own stunts, actually eats a worm, and even supplies the voice his character hears on the radio). Some say the movie is slow and perhaps confusing at times, but I say nay; you couldn't possibly convey the physical ordeal - nor the emotional roller coaster -this character endures in a mere half hour, nor would the ending be as effective as it most certainly is. I was prepared to say I really liked this movie as it moved toward its conclusion, and then the ending turned my like into love. It does require some patience on the part of the viewer, but Wrecked is a really, really good movie.
Brody's character wakes up to the grim reality of being trapped in a car deep within a ravine. He looks like he went ten rounds with Muhammad Ali, and his badly injured leg is trapped underneath the dashboard. Looking around, he finds an empty driver's seat, a dead man in the back seat, and another body a short distance away from the car. He doesn't know who he is or how he got there - but it's obvious that he was in one hell of a crash. Whatever road the car was on isn't even in sight. If he's going to survive, he has to free himself from the wreckage and somehow find help in the most isolated and dangerous of woodland situations. As the days and nights progress, he begins having short flashbacks about his past and finds other clues to his identity, the meaning of which is further sharpened by periodic hallucinations. If the plot sounds pretty basic, it is - but it is by no means simple. You'll just have to take my word on that.Read more ›
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Don't watch the trailer first!!! It has a HUGE spoiler!!Jan. 14 2012
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Adrian Brody wakes up in a car that has gone down a steep embankment and wrecked in the woods. He can't remember who he is. there is a body in the back seat and I think 2 outside on the ground. His legs are pinned and it takes a long time for him to get out. When he does get out he encounters other people and creatures some real some hallucinations. He is trying to piece together who he is, how to find his way out of the woods and of course trying to find water and sustenance enough to stay alive all the while sorting out what was real and what wasn't.
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!
18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Tiptoe through the windowAug. 14 2011
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The horror! 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.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
A 20-minute story "crammed into" an 84-minute DVDSept. 22 2011
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I'd suggest you watch the first 10 minutes of this disc, then skip to the last 10 minutes, because the entire "story" resides in those segments.
All you have in between are endless scenes of Adrian Brody crawling on his belly across boring and repetitious heavily forested hillsides.
He wakes up trapped in a wrecked car, suffering from amnesia. How'd he get there? How does he get out? A survival story. That's the first ten minutes.
Aaaaah! That's what happened! Okay! That's the last 10 minutes... max!
In between: B-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-ring!
I have to wonder if this mess was ever even released in theaters. I sure don't remember seeing any ads for it.
Which then raises another interesting question: is Brody positioned to join the "direct-to-video" group? People like Dolph Lundgren (has anybody EVER paid to see a Lundgren movie in theaters?), Stallone, Steven Seagal, the WWA crowd, and a host of others?
This is a guy who has some real talent; a guy who's actually been awarded an Oscar. A guy I think has always been "interesting" - which is the only reason I ever rented this DVD.
All I can say is, thank God I only RENTED it, on my Blockbuster queue at that. So I didn't have to actually part with any actual money.
Otherwise I'd be REALLY ticked off.
One star... only because "zero" is not an option.
12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Engaging Reboot Of The 1953 ClassicSept. 6 2011
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Reboots are a double-edged sword.
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. Your only chance is what you yourself bring to the table; what resources, knowledge and internal strength that you carry within.
Interestingly, the filmmakers removed treacherous would-be-killers and replaced them with the unknowns of nature. Truth be told, I'd rather face the killers. Natural predators are infinitely more terrifying than some thug. With a murderer you're dealing with humanity; certainly it's not the best of humanity, but at least rage, jealousy, fear or envy are emotions and rationalizations one can understand. Even a paid assassin has professionalism as a justification. But when you're facing a natural threat, it's just following what is in its nature, which I find so much more coldly threatening. The axiom 'nothing personal' takes on a truly grim and terrifying visage.
An excellent film and one, like the character himself, you need to endure to receive the reward of revelatory knowledge.
Personal Note: Adrien Brody has, in my mind, supplanted Daniel Day Lewis and Gary Oldman as the chameleon actor of choice. Deservedly so, his range is truly amazing. His performances border on a word I avoid like the plague - magical. But bleep me, that's the word that fits. I will never forget his work as a mentally retarded young man in 'The Village' or as one of the funny dysfunctional brothers in 'The Darjeeling Limited'. Despite the familiar contours and shape, I'm always amazed to discover what new face I'm watching. The man is talent defined.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Emotionally Has Only the Impact of a Fender Bender Rather Than a WreckJune 19 2012
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Adrian Brody turns in a good performance in this essentially one-man show. However, his performance alone just doesn't supply enough of a reason to spend time on this film.
"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.