Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
A young lady accidentally smashes into a dude who's down on his luck while driving. Only problem is, he's not dead and she's got to deal with this unlikely scenario as it is adversely affecting her life.
Is it good movie?
This movie isn't exactly horror, and it isn't exactly drama, and it isn't exactly comedy. More like a brutal little mix of all three, Stuck is among one of the most original films I've seen in awhile. I still can't quite put my finger on it, but there are so many vibes to be picked up on as you watch it. On top of all that, this one was filmed in my backyard on location in Saint John, New Brunswick, which is about an hour away from me- very cool.
Anyway, let's talk about the characters because they really drive this little mindf*ck. Brandi (Mena Suvari) is a nurse's assistant in a nursing home who is working hard and is offered a promotion. To celebrate, she goes out for a night on the town and like a fool hits up the ecstasy, among other things. Meanwhile on the other side of this path of opposites, Tom Bardo (Stephen Rea) has lost everything in his life- his job, and his awful apartment.
Unfortunately for both parties, they meet in the most violent way as Brandi mows through Tom and he becomes lodged in her windshield. Common logic flies out the window here and Brandi doesn't call 911. Instead, she leaves the dude in her car with his legs broken and with open wounds while Brandi tries to figure out what to do next.
I mean wow, if this isn't enough to get you to watch, what is? There is such a contrast between Brandi and Tom that it's hard not to be interested. I did think that her boyfriend (Russell Hornsby) was a little strange and their relationship was a bit of a headshaker, but still this one was quite different. Take the juxtaposition of a graphic sex scene and Tom regaining consciousness and just clinging to life.
With that being said, I can't compare the film to other movies I've seen but some things seemed just too weird to be true. Brandi comes off as such a bitch, it's crazy. She actually blames the dude for messing up her life. The shift in tone is weird because I really felt bad for Tom and thought Brandi was kind of a bad person-was I supposed to feel like that? Both lead performances are great and as silly as it may sound, grounded and realistic.
Video / Audio
Video is presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen and looks great. It's clean and clear with good colors despite being dark.
Audio is in 5.1 and sounds appropriately nasty!
Unfortunately all we get here is a trailer . Really, that's all. Boo!
Stuart Gordon has hit another bizarre homerun. I dug Stuck for everything it was. It was a weird, fun and bizarre ride that had me going from beginning to end. And if nothing else, Suvari proves she really CAN act!