Monday, July 27, 2009

Stuck (2007)

Fear 3/5
Gore 5/5
Entertainment 5/5
Creepiness 3/5

Taken straight from the headlines of the evening news (see here), Stuck tells the story of a girl who strikes a transient with her car on the way home from partying it up at a club (which involved lots of adult beverage drinking). The man becomes lodged head first into her windshield and she drives home with the man still affixed. Pulling into her garage, she lets the man sit for days as she contemplates what to do next.

Mena Suvari (AKA the fish face girl from American Pie) plays a corn row sporting nurse who's a little caught up in her work and lifestyle. Namely, coming home from her nursing job, doing drugs and fucking the shit out of her drug dealing boyfriend. Oh yeah, and she does all of this repeatedly while the man is still 'stuck' in her windshield. A real piece of work for sure. I mean seriously, just look at her.

As she figures out what to do with the man, she is given multiple opportunities to do the right thing. After she presumes that he's dead, she pays him a visit and finds out that he is anything but. Looking at him, facial lacerations, glass shard impalements and all, you wouldn't think for a second that he could still be alive. Even her thuggish boyfriend suggests that she call for help but his plea falls on deaf ears. The epitome of self-centered egoism, Suvari's character goes one step further and convinces her boyfriend to shoot the man and dispose of his body. Luckily for us, the boyfriend is only thuggish in appearance and his claims of killing people before turn out to be complete bullshit as he can't pull the trigger on the man come go time.

The homeless man is eventually able to pry himself out of the vehicle and what works to such cringe inducing effect is the sound affects. The crinkling of the shattered glass and the squishiness of the sounds of it digging in and out of his skin as he moves and contorts his way out of his entrapment, really got to me and was incredibly icky. As he plays dead in front of the boyfriend, he uses a pen that he grabbed from the car to gouge out his eye. In doing so, the boyfriend fires off his gat. The homeless man grabs the keys to the car and in his attempt to leave, is met by the girlfriend one last time and the incredible climax to end the film found me cheering for Suvari's death. It helped that her character was completely contemptible and had no redeeming qualities whatsoever.

This was a surprisingly great film that should have garnered more fanfare. The performances by Suvari and Stephen Rea (as the homeless man) were absolutely superb. Rent this, ASAP.

Cortez the Killer

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