Stuck — he said, she said — movie review — screener!
Posted on February 26, 2008 by Chris & Kris
Unlike Diary of the Dead, the commentary found in Stuart Gordon’s latest is surprisingly subtle. Based on a true story, the film sees a health-worker hit a homeless man with her car following a late night dancing, drinking, drug session. Concerned with the loss of a possible promotion, she opts not to let anyone know of the accident and simply drives home, parking her car in her garage. But there’s one small thing. The man is still stuck in her car windshield. So starts a series of attempted cover-ups, brutalizations, and maniacally twisted set-ups the likes of which you could only expect from the man behind Re-Animator. John Strysik’s script is exceedingly well written, Mena Suvari and Stephen Rea’s performances equally nuanced. Stuck will make you cringe, laugh, shout, and cheer, all in the same sitting. Great, great stuff.
Tom (Stephen Rea) is an average joe on an all-time low. In the blink of an eye, he is jobless, homeless, friendless, and embedded in the windshield of a car. Ouch. Brandi (Mena Suvari), the girl who struck him (ironically an elderly caregiver), was riding a high, poppin’ amphetamines and downing cocktails to celebrate her prospective job promotion. In shock and in control for the first time in her life, Brandi commands her own reality, placing the blame on everyone except herself. In fact, besides being a sick, slick Stuart Gordon piece, Stuck has a lot to do with responsibility in the choices we make, considering (or ignoring) the preset moral hurdles. Stuck also bravely delves into politics (snarky Bush comments), keeping up appearances, and the struggle for survival, even if one has seemingly little to live for.
Stuck hopes for limited release in selected theatres this June.