Despite what The Beatles sang, not everybody wakes up, gets out of bed and drags combs across their heads. Some people, like Adrien Brody in the newly released "Wrecked," wake up in the aftermath of a horrific car crash and drag their bodies across forests in a feeble attempt to survive. You know, apples and oranges.
Brody stars in "Wrecked," released in New York City theaters and Video On Demand today (April 1) and landing in Los Angeles next Friday (April 8), as a man who wakes up in a wrecked car with a wrecked body and a wrecked memory. With no idea of who he is or how he got there, this nameless man faces slow-impending doom unless he can drag himself out of the woods and back to civilization—not an easy feat, to say the least.
We caught a screening of "Wrecked" earlier this week and really enjoyed a lot of what we saw. Find out what we liked after the jump!
If you're not an Adrien Brody fan, you won't like "Wrecked." The Oscar-winner carries "Wrecked" entirely on his shoulders, and while he's not the only performer in the film, it often feels like he is. Brody's character's struggle to survive isn't always an easy ordeal to watch, nor is it always an enjoyable experience. But the actor very clearly went into a deep, dark place for this role, and like the car crash at the heart of the film, it's a difficult performance to look away from.
Ghosts And Dogs
Brody spends most of the movie alone, with a few key exceptions. He's haunted by the image of a woman he believes he may have killed, a specter that hangs heavily over the entirety of "Wrecked." Beyond her chilling presence, Brody's also helped along by an inexplicably present dog that gives our protagonist his few moments of levity in the film and wonderfully demonstrates what man's best friend is truly capable of.
Hell is not a blood-stained fiery landscape, but a heavily forested one, if "Wrecked" is to be believed. Brody spends the entirety of the film struggling to escape his own personal hell, a wooded maze of trees, streams, rocks and predators that chills the viewer only slightly less than it haunts our hero.
Brody limps through "Wrecked" in an attempt to discover a way out of his surroundings and, more importantly, a way back into his own identity. Likewise, the audience is invited to puzzle the pieces of this man's life together, a thought-provoking exercise that is never as simple as it seems.
The Third Act
"Wrecked" can be a difficult movie to watch throughout the first two thirds of the film, but everything comes to a boil and then some in the final act. Brody's madness and desperation reaches an all-time high and passes through a wholly satisfying resolution that we didn't see coming. Like all great films, the seemingly endless suffering and turmoil experienced throughout "Wrecked" ultimately arrives at a fully earned conclusion.
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