Monday 29 August 2011

Today's Review: Wrecked

Wrecked looked like a promising movie, kinda like Unknown but in the wilderness. Unfortunately it wasn't. Wrecked stars Adrien Brody as a guy who wakes up in a wrecked car in the middle of a forest, his leg trapped and a dead body in the back seat. How did he get there? Who is he? Conveniently he doesn't know.

Wrecked is like one of those "let's stay in one place" movies, though for me Buried has dominated that genre. Wrecked is more like a version of Frozen but with some amnesia thrown in. You see, while our hero(?) is trying to figure out what the hell is going on, there's a mountain lion eating the remains of the couple of corpses resulting from the crash, and he's probably next. Eventually he does get out of the car though, I don't consider that a spoiler because otherwise you might think this is a movie consisting entirely of Adrien Brody flailing round in a car seat and moaning. When he does get out though the movie is only slightly less slow. Since his leg is hurt we're reduced to instead watching Adrien Brody awkwardly crawl around the wilderness for the rest of the movie. There are certain clues that pop up along the way that begin to reveal how he got there and who he is, and it all falls into place eventually, but the movie in a whole is just quite boring.

Brody does a great job with what he's given though. Being pretty much the only actor in the movie he managed to keep some amount of interest by portraying the injured, confused, crawling guy quite effectively. Unfortunately the story just isn't that inspired, and it seems to drag on for far too long despite running in at under the 90 minute mark. There was some potential with the premise, but not enough was done with it to keep me interested. Wrecked is not an awful movie, it's just quite boring.

My rating: 2/5

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