Wrecked DVD coverDirector: Kevin and Michael Goetz
Screenplay: Kyle Killen
Starring: Josh Duhamel, Dan Fogler, Miracle Laurie, Christie Burson
Year: 2013
Country: USA
Running Time: 82 mins
BBFC Classification: 15

Two friends take a road-trip together, armed only with melted ice left over from a bacon and margarita slushy and some jelly beans! While travelling through Death-Valley, in a pretty old car, they break down and it’s not long before the accusations begin to fly and old wounds are reopened.

Wrecked is one of those films that fall out of left-field every now and then, catching you by surprise, and proving that smaller scale, character-driven pieces from the independent side of the tracks are often stronger than anything that the mainstream film sector has to offer.

There’s not a lot of story here – Mitchell (replete with crutches) is a successful young man with a nice home, an attractive wife and kid, plus a good job in the finance sector. His companion is wannabe writer Carter (with beard) who has had one lot of bum luck after another, but still hasn’t compromised his dream of becoming a successful writer one day, unlike Mitchell who was in a fairly successful band, which he quit when he started getting serious with his wife.

As the pair struggle to get to grips with the harsh environment they find themselves stranded in, through arguments, insinuations and heart-breaking revelations, it’s not long before they end up getting to grips with each other in a more physical sense, and I don’t mean in a loving way or maybe I do…

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To say much more about the plot would do the reader of this review a disservice; it would be best if you just checked it out for yourselves and enjoy the trip, ‘cause it is quite a trip! At times it’s all rather surreal, and one is never quite sure how it’s going to turn out in the end, which, I have to say, makes a nice change to most films I end up sitting through.

The film is nicely shot, making the most of some spectacular vistas, and the acting from the leads is excellent – well done to Mr(s) Duhamel and Fogler. The dialogue is a nice mix of intimate and hard-boiled, with a fair bit of humour thrown in for good measure.

If I had two criticisms to make of the film it would be that early on there was one plot twist that, while I understand why they used it, I think it was unnecessary and a bit contrived, and secondly, that although the ending is potentially a clever one, it’s also both frustrating and satisfying at the same time. It was almost as if the writer had thought of two possible endings and decided to merge them together. It kind of works, but is a bit of a head-scratcher.

Definitely worthwhile checking out, particularly if you enjoy films about the human condition and what it means to be a man; well, at least in this case.

Reviewer: Justin Richards

Wrecked has recently been released on DVD and is being distributed by Signature Entertainment. There were, sadly, no special features on the disc.

About The Author

Justin Richards is a journalist by day and a scriptwriter by night. His work has appeared in the darker recesses of the internet and in various niche publications including ITNOW, The Darkside, Is it Uncut?, Impact and Deranged. When he’s not sitting hunched over a sticky, crumb-laden keyboard he’s paying good money to have people in pyjamas try and kick him repeatedly in the face.

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