Wreckage DVD Review
Directed by John Mallory Asher
Written by David Frigerio
2010, Region 2 (PAL), 90 minutes, Rated 15 (UK)
DVD released on 22nd August 2011
Mike Erwin as Jared
Cameron Richardson as Kate
Aaron Paul as Rick
Justin Allen as Deputy Riley
Jake Frigerio as Young Ricky
Ruthanne Gibson as Sheila
Kelly Kruger as Jessica
Scoot McNairy as Frank Jeffries
Jordan Yale Levine as Jimmy
Drag racing, guns and murder! Wreckage is a film that promises a hell of a lot, but the outcome may not be what you are expecting.
Four friends find themselves stranded in the middle of nowhere after a drag race destroys their car. Luckily, they are close to a junk yard so they go to try and find parts to fix it. Not so luckily, a convicted murderer has escaped a nearby prison and after a nasty accident, the friends begin to disappear from the junk yard and the local sheriff and his team try and figure out who is behind this and why.
Wreckage starts off pretty shakily with bad acting and some not-so-effective gore, but there is a definite point in which this film forms what it wants to be, a cool '80s throwback slasher film. Unfortunately, poor direction and a flimsy script don't let us on to this until a good 40 minutes into the film.
Breaking Bad fans will be pleased to see a familiar face in Aaron Paul who plays Rick, a tough kid who got his girlfriend Jess (Kelly Kruger) pregnant. His character is similar to what he plays in Breaking Bad, a confused young guy with a temper. Some of the performance here are pretty strong: Mike Erwin does a good job as Jared, an ex-soldier fighting for his life, but nothing compares to Scoot Mcnairy's performance of bumbling redneck Frank Jeffries. This is where the film turned around. I'd go as far to say that Scoot Mcnairy's performance is the sole reason for watching this film. It walks that fine line between ridiculous and inspired, fantastic comedy timing that reminded me of Giuseppe Andrews' performance as Deputy Winston in Cabin Fever. It's the kick Wreckage needed. It actually tipped this film from a 2.5 rating to a whopping 3 out of 5!
It goes on to build up momentum from here as we follow the police and Jared as they try and locate his fiancé Kate (Cameron Richardson), taking some twists that I wasn't expecting, which pleasantly surprised me. A bad ending for this film would have been a disaster, but this is what saves it.
I had some preconceptions about this it from the poster and the tagline, "The spare parts may be your own". I went into this thinking it was going to be a rather gruesome torture porn type of film; it wasn't, in fact, anything like this. It's not particularly gory, but it does use its environment to its advantage (woman in a car, car crusher gets turned on, I'll say no more). By the end, it is far more of a thriller than I thought it was going to be and I liked the route it took.
The film could have achieved a lot more, it suffers at the beginning of not really knowing what it wants to be, and when it finally finds its rhythm at the end, it's too late. However, if you stick to the end I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.
Video and Audio:
I had no quarrels with the audio on this feature, there is an option of 2.0 Stereo or 5.1 Dolby digital setup. The video can at sometimes be pretty dark, but on whole it was clear.
The film, like so many DVDs these days, is lacking in any kind of extras. Boo hiss indeed.