Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Stuck (2007)

STUCK squanders its brilliant premise on weak performances, awkward characters, and completely unnatural scripting in what could have been a dark and original screenplay. A promising young nurse accidentally hits a man who is down on his luck on her way home from the club. The man becomes lodged in her windshield, causing her to rush home to hide the car in a state of panic. Fearful of the consequences, she leaves the man to die as she attempts to cover up the accident. It is difficult to tell if it is the incompetence of the writing or the acting that manage to turn the plot into an utter mess. Mena Suvari and her supporting cast are all equally terrible, diminishing any tension or seriousness in their comical overacting. Suvari's passion for the script was apparently great enough to get her to do a nude scene, but not enough for her to put more effort into providing a better performance. The stunted social commentaries feel like forced attempts to elevate the importance of the script, but they are poorly constructed and are never fully fleshed out. To make matters worse, the audio track can hardly be heard over the blaring soundtrack, causing half of the dialogue to be completely drowned out. In the hands of a more competent cast and crew, this could have easily been an Independent film success, but its failures far outweigh the strength of its concept.

Rating: 6/10.
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5 comments:

  1. Wow, I got a completely different experience out of the movie. I had no real problem with the acting,- the boyfriend could have been better, maybe- the writing or the soundtrack.

    If it's not loud enough to overshadow a voice cameo by Jeffrey Combs, then it's fine by me.

    I was curious to see if you would like it or not, but I was certainly not expecting all that negativity. To each his own, I guess.

    Personally, I loved how Gordon turned a real event into a twisted, black comedy. I liked the progression, characterization and payoff. Weird.

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  2. I really think it was the performances that killed it for me, the boyfriend was so awkward I couldnt tell if it was intentionally trying to be funny or if it was just the poor acting. I really expected this to become a new favorite, but I thought it was ab absolute mess which really surprised me!

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  3. See, I did not mind the boyfriend too much. I mean, given the context of the situation, he should not look all that comfortable. The whole point was that he got dragged into the situation and was willing to deal with it to get what he wanted from the lady.

    I think it's important to look at the film as a comedy and not the usual Gordon film that just happens to have comedy in it.

    Besides, how can you not love Suvari's great trailer line: 'How can you do this to me?!?'

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  4. I think you are 100% right here man, I realize now I had the exact same reaction and problem with this film as I did in DRAG ME TO HELL. I went in fully expecting it to be a serious and straightforward Horror film, so any attempts at humor I assumed were unintentional, that could have had a huge deciding factor in my impression of the film. That was a great line though, easily my favorite in the film =D

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  5. I liked Stuck alot. Sure the acting was ehhh but the urban legend premise was awesome. Gordon did a solid job...and kudos for the cameo from Herbert West himself as the cop/paramedic i think

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