“Wrecked”

I really wanted to like this movie, I really did. Someone on IMDB had mentioned it as “better than ‘127 Hours'” so it intrigued me; made me think that I had stumbled on a hidden gem that nobody else had seen. Sadly I was mistaken.

“Wrecked” stars Adrien Brody as a man who wakes up in a car wreck in the middle of the woods. He’s bruised and bloodied, there’s a dead man in the back seat and another dead guy outside who met the windshield going about 75 mph during the crash. He has no idea who he is, no wallet, his leg is caught between the glove compartment and the seat, but the radio works. I don’t know about you, but if I woke up stranded in the woods like that I’d be glad that I could still get my smooth jazz. Sadly that’s pretty much the movie. Eventually he gets out of the car and slowly pieces together what he thinks happened after hearing of a bank robbery on the radio. Through some first rate detective work he discovers that the dead chap in the back seat is one of the robbers, and the large duffelbag of cash in the trunk is also a pretty big clue. I’m guessing that the script for this movie was about six pages long, because there’s next to no dialogue. You’d expect that when you’re following a man who’s alone in the woods, but then again “127 Hours” had all of those dehydration induced hallucinations that we got to sit through.

So basically Brody gets out of the car and limps around for a long time, keeps seeing this girl and her dog throughout the woods, who we then notice through a flashback may have been a bank teller or hostage the Brody held up during the robbery. Sadly he doesn’t seem to piece much else together through the majority of the plot, he just continues to witness the same bits of flashback while playing with the dog that may or may not be real. Essentially the only real “twist” that occurs is at the end, however it’s bad enough to make M. Night Shyamalan cringe. This film doesn’t have a lot of redeeming qualities, and as my roommate said last night:

“Adrien Brody is an Academy Award Winner, but he keeps choosing really crappy movies.”

DIRECTOR’S CUT: Really no reason to waste your time on this one. Take some of the IMDB guy’s advice and watch “127 Hours” instead, you’ll get a better reaction out of it. Better yet, read the DVD cover of “Wrecked” and make up your own plot, guarantee it’s better.

FLICKCHART RATING: 1280/1875

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