Adrien Brody is a man without a name in Wrecked, a survival thriller that finds the Oscar winning actor in a debilitating car wreck, surrounded by dead bodies, with no memory of who he is or what happened. We first discovered the film earlier this year, during the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, which premiered some promo imagery for the picture. Check out the trailer after the break.
MTV has the trailer, and for its first half, the film seems rather reminiscent of many conceptually gimmicky genre pics that have come before it—the ‘trapped’ aspect calling to mind other single-location thrillers like Buried, Frozen and the underseen Stuck, and the ‘mystery’ element reminding of the disappointing Jim Caviezel film Unknown. Curiously, the trailer goes off book in its latter half, with Brody plainly acknowledging himself as one of the potential criminals (meaning, thankfully, they’re not relying on that as a twist) and soon after venturing off into the woods. I don’t know if this means the trailer spoils too much or that the film isn’t as concerned with the single locale and mystery as its premise might have you believe. It could be that Wrecked is more of a character examination than anything else, with one man facing against the elements as he tries to come to terms with who he is. That could be more compelling, I would think, since we’ve already seen a great deal of the alternative in recent years.
The film is written by Christopher Dodd and directed by Michael Greenspan, both newcomers without any film credits to their name. That’s always interesting because it means this film will effectively set the precedent for all their films that follow. For the time being, we have no basis to gauge their talent, meaning all expectations are going to be built from this trailer and the involvement of Adrien Brody. So, how do those two strike your fancy?
Here’s the official plot synopsis:
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A Man (Adrien Brody) awakens in a mangled car-wreck at the bottom of a steep cliff. He’s injured, his legs are trapped, and he has no memory of who he is or how he got there. His only company – a crackling radio broadcast of a violent bank robbery gone wrong and a corpse in the back seat with a wallet identifying him as one of the perpetrators. As the man ventures beyond the wreckage, he must rely on his primal instincts, using anything he can find in the surrounding wilderness to increase his chances of survival. Confronted with overwhelming obstacles, both real and imagined, the Man must discover his identity and face the consequences of what that might be.