"Sometimes the scariest part of having a car wreck is just simply not knowing how you got there in the first place"
"Wrecked" finds Adrien Brody searching for his sanity inside of metal prison, well, let's back it up a bit. "Wrecked" is a film about a man(Brody) waking up trapped inside of a car without the slightest clue of how he got there in the first place. This film takes the solo approach of "Cast Away" to another realm, in the sense that anyone of us could end up "Wrecked" at a moment's notice. Think about it, you crank up your car and drive into traffic without even knowing if you'll ever make it back home. Scary right? Now hold on to that thought as we Unhinge IFC's 2011, "Wrecked" in tonight's review.
So the film begins with a man opening his eyes to a twisted pile of metal that has him surrounded by dead bodies. Yeah, just jump right into it eh(lol). This is one of the things you've just got to love about indie films. They don't need to waste time introducing well-known actors, as the story is the main attraction of the film. So, yeah, Brody has no name in this film and is simply referred to as "Man" in the credits.
Well, "The Man", wakes up in the mangled coil of metal and struggles to gather his thoughts, but wait a minute, he can't even remember his own name! This has either got to be one hell of a practical joke or he has amnesia. We'll, go with amnesia. So, finding himself trapped and not knowing from which direction he came, Brody attempts to pry himself free from the debris. He turns left and feels pain, he turns right and feels pain, so what can he possibly do?
He does what anyone of us would do, he digs deep and taps into the ol' fight or flight response. You know when you take a moment to gain some clarity and everything moves in slow motion? Well, maybe not for everyone, but for those that know what we're talking about, he steps into that zone and begins to put things in place. Piece by piece, he analyzes his predicament and plans his escape. But even if he is successful at getting out of the car, he doesn't even know who he is!
Besides that, there's a dog outside of the car gnawing on one of the bodies that was launched from the vehicle that he's currently trapped in. Talk about a bad situation getting worse. Stay in the car and die or get out and find help, two very real choices that hopefully none of us have to face anywhere in the immediate future. So what will he do? Or better yet...What would you do? And where did this Duffel bag of money come from?
In conclusion, "Wrecked" is one of those films that places the viewer in the same predicament as the actor. You won't know what's going to happen until it happens and when it happens you wonder what will happen next. This is indie film and we'll see you in the next review.
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