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SYNOPSIS:
Brandi (Mena Suvari) is a compassionate young retirement home care-giver in line for a promotion. Tom (Stephen Rea) is a victim of the downsized economy, out of work and newly homeless. Their worlds collide when Brandi, driving home from a club after too many drinks and pills, accidentally hits Tom, the impact smashing his body headfirst through her windshield. If discovered, this accident will extinguish her bright future, so instead of saving him her plan is to let him pass and dispose of the body later. Faced with this reality, Tom knows he must escape if he wants to survive.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Brandi (Mena Suvari) is a smart carer; she's been drinking and popping pills, but she makes a couple of really stupid decisions. This is compounded by a silly moment when a homeless man who once met Tom (Stephen Rea) at a park bench now recognises him while he is stuck head first and bloodied in Brandi's windshield as she drives by - at night. Not credible. She fails to tell her boyfriend a crucial fact that is screaming to be told. Not credible. But you could see it all as a darkly bizarre tale that just might be true. It is. It's largely based on real events.

So here is a downbeat guy kicked out of a job and his meagre room to fend for himself on the street. That's the good news. But in what could be retitled The Survival Instinct, the story takes unexpected turns. And that's why it's gripping.

Mena Suvari is terrific as the hapless nurse whose momentary stupidity costs her much more than her promotion. Suvari has a great look, especially with her hair tightly braided in African tribal fashion. Stephen Rea doesn't get to show his acting chops since he is mostly blood drenched or otherwise unsighted. He grunts good, though. Russell Hornsby is tops as Brandi's (not altogether saintly) boyfriend and the resolution is morally satisfying if fiery.

Published February 12, 2009

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STUCK: DVD (MA)
(US, 2007)

CAST: Mena Suvari, Stephen Rea, Russell Hornsby, Rukiya Bernard, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon, Lionel Mark Smith, Wayne Robson, R.D. Reid

PRODUCER: Jay Firestone, Ken Gord, Robert Katz

DIRECTOR: Stuart Gordon

SCRIPT: John Strysik

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Denis Maloney

EDITOR: Andy Horvitch

MUSIC: Bobby Johnston

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Craig Lathrop

RUNNING TIME: 94 minutes

PRESENTATION: 16:9; DD 5.1

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: All Interactive

DVD RELEASE: February 13, 2009







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