Ever had one of those days?
In my book
(i.e. a sticky Hustler magazine), Stuart Gordon expanded his career beyond
“genius horror director” with KING OF THE ANTS and he hasn’t stopped hitting
the “f*ck yeah” mark ever since. He kind of became a Pop Culture-less Tarantino
and I’m all for it!
Any cinematic entity that shows me something that I’ve never seen before deserves a pat on the ass and a squeeze of the tit and STUCK did just that with flair and balls. What may that be you ask? Well, the flick revolves around a man stuck in some bitches’ windshield… yeah you heard… a man stuck in some bitches’ windshield and not only that; it’s played out in a credible (for the most part) and graphic enough fashion. Who knew? And the fact that this snag was actually based on true events makes it all more mesmerizing. I always knew that people blew and that our so called society is a joke on 3 legs; but if this really went down then I “get it” on an all new echelon. Did I just say echelon? YOU BET I DID!
Much like a coked up stripper lap dancing as if her life depended on it (and it did) STUCK worked me long and hard on many levels. It hit the nail on the head as a biting satire on our pathetic civilization. Seeing our poor schlep protagonist (brilliantly played by Stephen Rea) going through the system reminded me of every time I've had to either negotiate a contract or talk to my bank; bullshit on top of pass the buck on top of being dicked around; for something that is at the end of the day quite simple. I so related to them early scenes BIG TIME! He had my vote! Ahhh life…got to love it. Furthermore STUCK slyly toyed with my expectations as to its lead characters to back-hand me silly at the halfway mark. My initial impression of them gradually mutated as the clock moved forward and layers were peeled off making for a compelling watch. The “shift” in pimp daddy, poon hound Rashid for example (played by a totally on the ball Russell Hornsby) had me on the floor! GREAT SHOW!
On a less “Deep Thoughts by Jack Handy” standpoint; this bitter pill was just an overall good time at the movies. The story rolled off at a clip pace, the dialogue was witty and engaging, the messed up situations didn’t pull any punches in terms of “out there” M.O. and grisly demeanor and the film stayed true to itself in the sense that “peeps got what they deserved”…in very nasty ways…he he he…HE HE HE! Big props to Mr. Gordon for his visceral visual interpretation; we get a couple of money bits here that blew my Carrot Top away to Has-Been heaven. That accident sequence in particular… owned me hardcore. Tag to all that a groovy score/soundtrack (yes its rap but it worked for me for some reason), potent acting chops all around and Mena Suvari’s mini-titties doing the happy go slappy dance for all of us to enjoy and you get one motherf*cking content arrow…IN YOUR HEAD!
Any complaints; not really; I mean sure by the last block of the flick some suspension of disbelief had to be greased on the tiny engine that is my brain for me to move on; but by that point I was so into it that I didn’t give much of a fudge. Other than that, I have nothing negative to say about this fresh, daring, hilarious and freaking violent little ditty. Gordon has outdone himself here and you can consider me stuck on STUCK!