Stuck (15)

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Review byMatthew Turner07/01/2009

Three out of Five stars
Running time: 85 mins

Bizarre film that remains watchable thanks to strong performances and a decent script, though the tone veers wildly from black comedy to violent thriller via thinly-disguised social commentary and the film never quite comes together as a result.

What's it all about?
Based on a deeply disturbing true story, Stuck stars Mena Suvari as dreadlocked nurse Brandi Boski, who's looking forward to celebrating her imminent promotion with her boyfriend Rashid (Russell Hornsby) when she accidentally hits recently homeless Tom (Stephen Rea) with her car. Realising that the impact of the crash has lodged a badly injured Tom in her windscreen, Brandi panics and drives home anyway, intending to leave Tom in her garage (and, indeed, her windscreen) to die.

As the hours tick past, Brandi eventually confesses to Rashid and persuades him to help her dispose of the body. But there's one problem: Tom's not quite dead and isn't about to go down without a fight, windscreen or no windscreen.

The Good
The intriguing thing about the film is that the script refuses to demonise Brandi, instead portraying her as someone who panics and makes a desperate choice, out of the fear of losing everything. This means that, while you're never actually rooting for Brandi to succeed, she at least remains vaguely sympathetic for the first half of the film.

Suvari and Rea are both superb, while cult director Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator) makes the most of the limited horror aspects (the sequence where Tom tries to extricate himself from the windscreen is excruciating) and maintains a tense cat and mouse atmosphere, with frequent near misses and the occasional shock moment before the film descends into all out violence for its bloody finale.

The Bad
The main problem is that the film takes a few liberties with the truth (the real Brandi was black, for example) and the wildly veering tone ensures that a potentially interesting message about the refusal to take personal responsibility is largely lost.

Worth seeing?
Stuck is one of the strangest films you'll see all year and is definitely worth seeing, despite its flaws.

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