When does an ordinary person become monstrous; what is the trigger; when is the fatal turning point? Is fear an acceptable reason for selfishness, brutality and a headlong flight from responsibility?Gordon deals admirably with this dilemma using a crafty balance of horror and humor in a bloody film about a hit & run driver who becomes inhuman while the victim remains human and humane through relentless pain, shock, & bad luck. Both Stephen Rea and Mena Suvari offer up fine performances as a middle class guy down on his luck and a hard working and hard playing young woman in a tough <more>
This was an excellent retelling of a true story. The only part of the movie that is actually true is that a female who was drinking and doing drugs hit a homeless man. He lodged in her windshield and she didn't know what to do, so she parked her car in her garage and kept coming to check on him and apologizing. She got 10 years for it and her boyfriend got 9 years. The movie was excellently done and the story was well told. This greatly embellished from actual events, but that is what made the movie worth watching. The fight to live from the man that was hit was inspiring. The real man <more>
did have both legs broken and he did have a son. As a movie, it was a good piece of reality mixed with fiction. As an actual event, it's just sad that someone could be so heartless.
I got the film so as to see it with other horror movies. IMDb said it was a horror, but also a drama and a comedy, so I was conflicted whether to include it into my horror night. Also it starred Mena Suvari and Stephen Rea... would they play in a monster flick? Man, am I happy I chose to see it! The movie is not actually a horror by my definition, but it is certainly scarier than any I have seen in a while.This film felt like the American version of Moartea Domnului Lazarescu The Death of Mr. Lazarescu only inverted. Poor Stephen Rea is the complete reverse of the American dream and has the <more>
worse possible day imaginable, getting abused by every layer of society. To make a cooking recipe analogy, take The Pursuit of Happiness, mix it with Misery and Crash, then spice it up with Moartea Domnului Lazarescu and you get Stuck!Bottom line: prepare to delve into the deepest hell of all: humanity.
9/16/2008 Addendum: IMPORTANT! This review applies ONLY to the 94-minute FESTIVAL cut of this film. I see that the DVD version is only 85 minutes ... do NOT buy or rent it based on this review.* * * * It's movies like this one that will keep me going to the 'Midnight Madness' program of the Toronto Film Festival forever. I saw it at last year's, and have been looking forward to a repeat viewing ever since. I love it when a low-budget film can soar above the corporate mega-movies on a clever script and a cast that gives it 110%, and this is definitely one of those movies. It <more>
gave me everything I could want in such a film sex, drugs, and violence, with some jet-black humor for dessert. Note to PG-13ers: AVOID! It probably won't make a big splash when it's released theatrically, but I'd put money on it achieving cult status after coming out on video. This is easily the best work that director Stuart Gordon has done since REANIMATOR I'd go so far as to say that it's his best ever. It's a suspense-horror-comedy full of situations that make you laugh and groan at the same time one that's also refreshingly NOT top-heavy with f/x. The Midnight Madness program has a firm policy that a film has to grab your attention within the first 15 minutes in order to qualify for inclusion, and this film meets that requirement with room to spare. What's more, it never drags for a minute. The story is based on the bizarre true life tale of a woman who hit a homeless man with her car and let him slowly bleed to death while stuck in her windshield. Gordon calls this "the way the story should have turned out." The homeless man in this case is played by the reliable Steven Rea, whose sad eyes give him a head start on eliciting sympathy. He's newly homeless, and his fall to the bottom is cleverly punctuated by him repeatedly hearing a timeworn cliché uttered by a succession of unsympathetic characters. The woman is played by American BEAUTY's Mena Survari, and this is her richest role since that one. She finally gets to play a character who actually evolves over the course of a film, instead of just doing 9-5 duty in another eye candy role. I can't overemphasize how impressive the bang for the buck that Gordon gets with this film is. He also makes an amusing Hitchcock-style cameo one that I'll bet Hitch himself wouldn't have minded making . There was genuinely enthusiastic applause at the screening I went to when the movie ended and the cast except for Rea came on for a lively Q & A. If movies lately seem a bit too tame for you, this is very likely just what the doctor ordered.
Watching "Stuck" is not a comfortable experience. Beyond the obvious gut-wrenching events of the film, it will make you wonder, "What would I do in a similar situation?" Stuart Gordon's direction is excellent, as is John Strysik's screenplay. Together they set the stage perfectly for what could easily be an unbelievable series of events. Such is their skill in their respective arenas that you never once feel that the story is contrived.Mena Suvari and Stephen Rea both deserve kudos as well. It would be easy to lose interest or feel trapped in a bad way given the <more>
unavoidably claustrophobic nature of the story. Both Rea and Suvari's performances, however, are so fantastic that my interest never waned.Russell Hornsby, Rukiya Bernard, and Carorlyn Purdy-Gordon add the details to this world that bring it all together. Russell and Rukiya, as Suvari's boyfriend and friend respectively, are fantastic. Purdy-Gordon's turn as Mena Suvari's boss gives us just the right amount of evil-employer without delving into satire.All in all, a fantastic movie.
Horror? No! Dark comedy? Definitely! (by bexandbarn)
Lovers of the horror genre who like their movies to be full of blood and action, like the two people who commented on this and gave it a low rating, should perhaps stay clear of this one. Yes, there are some bloody moments but I think this movie being primarily in the horror genre here on IMDb is a big mistake. To me, this was funny as hell and those who criticise it for being too full of 'that wouldn't happen' moments have completely missed the point.The film is ludicrous but intentionally so, and it is the preposterous nature of the situations where the comedy lies. There are <more>
many cringe-worthy moments throughout but again these add to the laughs. Sure, one can look deeper at this tale and argue it is an exploration of morality, but that is down to an excellent and believable script which allows the watcher to interpret the movie on different levels.If your humour is quite sick then you will get a lot of enjoyment out of this film. It is slick, well acted and directed and highly original. One of the best films I've seen in a long time.
Stuart Gordon once more distinguishes himself as one of the most versatile and multi-talented directors active in today's horror film-making industry. This man handles sheer entertaining splatter flicks loosely inspired on the work of Gothic novelists as well as he handles far more mature and genuinely disturbing horror themes. Following the critically acclaimed "King of the Ants" and "Edmond", "Stuck" is Gordon's third horror/thriller hybrid revolving on ordinary human beings gradually turning into cold-hearted monsters; mainly as a result of their <more>
egocentric and despicable social environments. At least as far as I'm concerned, "Stuck" easily overpowers the other two films because here Gordon has the opportunity to work with really current issues hit-and-run accidents and the type of agony everyone dreads helplessly being left to die like a dog . "Stuck" became something that is almost unique these days: real-life horror that doesn't rely on eerie monsters, deranged killers or supernatural phenomena to be disturbing. Modern society and its docile inhabitants are clearly more than unnerving enough already.Tom Bardo is going through a difficult time lately, since he lost his job and became homeless. His life literally turns into a living hell when a young nurse, under the influence of drugs and alcohol, hits him with her car. She panics and, out of fear the consequences of this event will unbalance her perfectly stable life, the girl drives home and leaves Tom to perish in the garage; his body still stuck halfway through the windshield. The basic plot is inspired by a true story which makes everything all the more depressing , but Stuart Gordon masterfully turns the whole event into an extraordinary non-stop spitfire of social criticism. In just this one film, he covers the malfunctioning of public administration services, lodging issues, selective police duties, work pressure, immigration, self-centerings, cowardice and alienation from your own neighbors. This great director literally confronts his audiences with the real illnesses of our time. "Stuck" is primarily a drama but, maybe because he basically remains a horror director or maybe just to remain consequent, Gordon doesn't turn his camera away from the agony inflicted by the accident. The footage where Tom, more dead than alive, struggles to free himself from windshield is very graphic and surely not intended for people with a sensitive stomach. These sickening sequences are actually a form of criticism as well; referring to everybody's morbid reflexes to purposelessly stare at someone else's misery. The film is uplifted to an even higher level of quality by the sublime acting performances. Stephen Rea is always reliable in every role he plays and especially Mena Suvari impresses with her unconventional and definitely inglorious role as Brandi. She depicts a character who worries more about her upcoming promotion and her cheating boyfriend than about the life of a fellow human being, so I imagine it really isn't a preferred role for a young actress. "Stuck" is an unforgettable film, just don't even think about watching it when you're craving for pure and undemanding entertainment.
There are other movies which kind of have the premise "One man stuck at the wrong place at the wrong time" ... this movie right here takes this to it's literal/origin meaning! And although the movie starts off very slow, it takes up "speed" no pun intended very fast! But back to the beginning. Which surprised me, because it started with a hip hop song in a hospital! I was surprised to see that, but it's nothing that should bother you. What could bother you though are some extreme scenes here, in this movie. I won't go into details, but if you're faint <more>
hearted, stay away from this! All the others can relish the movie and enjoy a very good suspenseful bloody movie!
Stuck in the Middle with Gordon... (by anthonyjlangford)
Stuart Gordon made a masterpiece in Re-animator, and carved a career in the eighties out of schlock horror with a heavy foot in satire. In the nineties he managed to lose his way a little but the naughties has seen him experimenting with genres, providing his most interesting work to date. Edmond was a lurch to the left with Mamet's difficult play, but this film returns him to a genre he's more familiar with, yet the tone is firmly planted in reality.Some reviewers have suggested that Stuck is simply a thriller but I disagree. Certainly there is a grotesque sort of suspense, yet <more>
Gordon has managed to provide humanity to his victim, and show us the type of system that puts so many to the street.It also shows us how a relatively normal reaction of fear and shock can mislead even the most well meaning person into a situation which climbs out of control with devastating consequences. It will also reinforce the fact that we never know how people will react until placed into a difficult situation, ourselves included.The film never feels forced. You can believe that this actually happened, based loosely on a true story though this takes events to the extreme.Stephen Rea gives a constrained performance, pun intended as the proverbial bug. You'll feel his pain and scream for justice.I hope Stuart Gordon continues taking risks. His best work may be ahead of him.