“Wrecked an absorbing trapped-actor micro-thriller”

the village voice Wrecked an absorbing trapped actor micro thriller

Yet another trapped-actor micro-thriller, this raw-nerved indie opens with shuddering organic close-ups too abstracted for comfort. Director Michael Greenspan eventually inches back to reveal cornea-traumatized Adrien Brody waking in a crushed car, deep in the mountains where there are no roads, his leg pinned under the dashboard and his memory fucked. Corpses surround him, and the days begin to pass. As he might have with Buried and 127 Hours, Rod Serling could’ve winged this baby inside of 24 minutes, but that doesn’t mean Greenspan, in his feature debut, doesn’t have a death grip on the lean scenario’s opportunities for texture and atmosphere: Because it’s so carefully parceled out and so evocatively framed (in widescreen), Wrecked is an absorbing ordeal, perhaps less for its survival narrative than its metaphoric heft. Brody makes for a vivid victim of purgatory (thankfully, Greenspan and scripter/non-senator Christopher Dodd did not make their man a chatterbox—it’s a quiet movie), and the iron-maiden form of the scenario is never less than physically convincing. Slowly and conventionally, memories come flashing back like electroshock and the mysteries are solved. But the experience is still nasty, enabled by a real intimacy with soil and some of the best dog acting since John Carpenter’s The Thing.
-Michael Atkinson

Via The Village Voice

Wrecked acquired by IFC Midnight

ifc logo 21 Wrecked acquired by IFC Midnight

IFC Midnight (The Human Centipede and Lars Von Trier’s Antichrist) has acquired the US distribution right to to Wrecked.

“Wrecked is the perfect film for IFC Midnight and its audience,” said IFC Films’ President of Entertainment Jonathan Sehring in a press release. “Adrien Brody gives an incredibly intense performance here and Michael Greenspan is a remarkable new talent.”

Read all about it in Variety

Wrecked Trailer

A man (Adrien Brody, Academy Award winner, The Pianist) awakens in a mangled car wreck at the bottom of a steep cliff. He is injured, his legs are trapped, and he has no memory of who he is or how he got there. His only companion — 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 this 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 hallucinated, the man must discover his identity and face the consequences of what he may have done.

A thriller that follows the physically and emotionally gruelling plight of an injured man, Michael Greenspan’s Wrecked is a tense and riveting journey through the wilderness.