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STUCK
Directed by Stuart Gordon
Stars Mena Suvari, Stephen Rea, Russell Hornsby, Rukiya Bernard
R - strong violence, disturbing content, sexuality/nudity, language, and drug use

Pulpy, outlandish film about a nurse's assistant who after a night of partying and drinking, hits a homeless man with her car, and in flees the scene in a panic, leaving him stuck in her windshield, clinging to life. Terrified of the consequences, she goes through great pains to cover up her crime, while the man in her windshield fights to stay alive. A provocative, gory psychological thriller that, despite some substandard performances, succeeds due to Stephen Rea and the wild, over the top nature of the direction.
7.5/10. What a terrific film, extremely well acted, especially by Mena Suvari. Excellent direction, well told, great writing, suspenseful and always interesting. Solid in every way.
The film is quite hard to watch, but by the end I found it to be quite interesting. At first I found the comedy aspect to be really out of place and distracting, but I think mostly worked. Good performances.
(****):

One of 2008's best. An interesting, well-acted horror thriller.

Here's a film that would be a complete ridiculous farce if it wasn't based on a true story. And, I wouldn't have believed it was based on a true story if I hadn't remembered hearing about the story in the news a few years back. So this chick runs her car into a homeless dude, who gets caught in her windshield, and she leaves him to die in her garage. Let the hilarity ensue. I'm being sarcastic, of course, there is not one once of humor in this film. The fact that we know this actually happened makes this one of the most excruciating films I have ever watched. If your looking for some escapism, look elsewhere. If you want to cringe and squirm your way through a bloody thriller, check it out. There really isn't enough material here for a full-length feature, but Stuart Gordon (who I am a bit of a fan) does a decent job at keeping the story interesting for 85 tough minutes.


Stuck is a character-driven thriller based on the actual events. In a nutshell, a female driver (Mena Suvari) hits a pedestrian (Steven Rea) and leaves him snagged and disabled in her windshield. Director Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator, From Beyond, Dolls) fills the movie with tension and the sense of helplessness ocassionally relieved by pitch-black humor until he reaches a saddening conclusion about the current condition of society and its moral decay. The movie has its drawbacks though. Stuck seems episodic at times without exploring character's psyches to a larger degree. The dialogue also could have been much better giving the main actors more occasions to show off. Fortunately, the paralizing gory ending keeps the movie from being forgettable (and predictable). Stuck may not be the most groundbreaking piece of cinema, but its apt commentary is not easy to ignore. 7/10 (B)



Stuck is based on the batshit-crazy true story of a woman who drunkenly embeds a homeless man in her windshield and stuffs his living, mangled corpse in her garage to die. Although B-horror pioneer Stuart Gordon reimagines the story for the maximum pulpy entertainment value, he doesn't shy away from the event's built-in commentary on guilt, selfishness, and plain old bad luck. It's an appropriately sleazy dramatization that's fun to watch in a rather twisted way, and Gordon shows off some surprisingly weighty compassion that's fairly absent from his schlockier movies. Mena Suvari is particularly enjoyable as the cornrowed anti-hero, keeping her vaguely sympathetic without losing sight of the fact that she's one crazy bitch. I've never liked Suvari on the rom-com circuit, but she's admirably fearless here, and could easily carve out a nice career playing white trash whackos. Overall, Stuck is pretty successful, with grisly suspense, dark humor, and interesting characters, but it can't get over that true-crime, ripped-from-the-headlines feeling. There's been episodes of both CSI and Law and Order based on the same subject, and I can't imagine them playing out too much differently.


The story in Stuck would be completely ridiculous if it weren't true. On October 26, 2001, Chante Jawan Mallard was driving home (allegedly under the influence of drugs and alcohol) when she hit a homeless man, sending him through her windshield. Instead of taking him to the hospital, or calling for help, she drove home and waited for him to die in her garage. Stuck, is loosely based on this event.

When I first heard about this story, I couldn't help but question how people can be so horrible sometimes. And director Stuart Gordon was the last person I expected to take a story like this, and make a serious film out of it. I'm more familiar with Gordon's horror movies like Re-Animator, From Beyond and Castle Freak. While I liked those films, and many others, Stuck is Gordon's first work I've seen that I truly love. Here he displays a level of craft and skill I didn't expect from him, and makes one of the most simple but captivating films in years.

It's been a while since Mena Suvari has done something that I enjoyed her in. Earlier this year she was in that horrid remake to Day of the Dead, and I thought her career was pretty much done. But I found myself loving her presence in this film. She played Brandi Boski, the woman who crashes into a homeless man, with a nice mix of sympathy and hatred. Her best performance since American Beauty.

Other than Gordon's name being attached to the film, Stephen Rea was a big pull for me to see this film. I love Rea a lot, even when movies only have him playing a minor role. I really liked him as the windshield stuck homeless man Thomas Bardo. The movie builds his life up so dramatically, and he gets screwed over a lot during the first part of the film. So it makes his predicament all the more tragic. I love how his character ends up in the end of the movie.

Stuck has a great soundtrack, some nice gory effects and great dark comedy moments. I can see this film not winning over some movie goers as much as it did for me, and that is fine. For me, this is the perfect kind of b-grade fun I'm looking for with movies. It's a simple movie, but it has its smarts. Gordon's best work so far.



Stuck - Kind of good, kind of terrible, all together disturbing. I just can't even believe that this is based on something remotely real - if someone has more details about how real the movie is compared to the actual events, I'd love to hear. Anyway, this movie makes me feel weird. Bye.
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