The Wreck (2008)

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An expecting couple's weekend turns into a nightmare when their baby starts to come early and they suffer a horrific accident on the way to the hospital.


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25 April 2010 | HEFILM
| a couple of intense moments don't keep movie going.
The direction is unimaginative and the location so confined that it would be dull even on stage. Visually there is just nothing going on. Then dumb things start to happen. The wife could try to move her seat back or tilt the seat back to free her legs. But neither of them ever think of this. The Husband's escape attempt ends up making no sense. The villain of the piece when revealed isn't much either really and that's when it gets really silly and drive-in-movie-like.

It's just the same two people talking and taking naps. One of them evens says that early on when they are stuck "I'll take a nap." "Good idea" the other responds. How exciting or tense is that? (They are both pretty good actors but can't do much with nothing.

If you're doing a movie like this the whole thing is to put you there trapped in the car with these people. This movie the camera is always outside looking in. Make the most visually out of your limited setting (see Twelve Angry Men and Lifeboat for how really great directors make gold out of the opportunity) For a film called THE WRECK they don't even show you THE WRECK itself, a cost effective fade to black and sound fx are all you get. Lacking all tension or blood except the start of the husband's escape attempt. Ending has several equally WTF elements to it.

Well-acted, poorly written and directed time waster that is pretty much a waste of time, much more effort needed to be put into creating tension. This would be a poor 30 minute film as it stands now.

Recent film FROZEN has some of the same problems. Why would a director do a film like this if he/she wasn't up the challenge of trying to create tension and horror out of a confined place and situation? Instead both directors seem either lazy or just plan clueless.

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