'Wrecked' DVD Review, Written by: Karen Benardello
A-list actors with a large fan following are often criticized for taking roles that don't physically or emotionally challenge them, as their fans will see any movie they're in. Academy Award-winning actor Adrien Brody is one exception to this rule, as seen in 'Wrecked,' which is now available to buy on DVD on Amazon. The film, which was released by New York-based distribution company IFC Midnight Films, not only shows Brody's ease at emotionally developing his character, who has little back-story and is in the majority of the movie by himself, he also wasn't afraid to perform his own stunts to better connect to his role.
'Wrecked' follows the unnamed man (played by New York native Brody), who wakes up to find himself to be the only survivor in a devastating one-car crash at the bottom of a steep cliff. Not remembering who the other passengers are or even who he is, why they crashed and how they got to the bottom of the cliff, the man only has his instincts to rely on to survive. Trapped in the car, the man has to figure out how to free himself while struggling with hallucinations, including one where a woman he doesn't know (played by Caroline Dhavernas) who keeps coming back to taunt him.
While 'Wrecked,' which was written by Christopher Dodd, is essentially just a tale chronicling how people will react when they are not only fighting to remember their identity but for their survival as well, the story loses its appeal over time. While the audience immediately connects to the man, as they are just as interested as he is to find out why the car crashed, who he is and how he will escape, spending almost the entire film exclusively with just the one character makes it lose its appeal.
Dodd and first-time director Michael Greenspan achieve their goal of wanting the audience to connect with the man and feel the pan he's suffering while trying to figure out a way back to safety. However, the lack of explanation of the crash and an external conflict will not only leave the audience feeling bored, but it will also unfortunately make them lose sympathy for the man.
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