Saturday, August 30, 2014

Film Review: Wreckage (2010)

Wreckage (Review)
United States/2010
Format Viewed For Review: Netflix Instant
Netflix Streaming: Yes
Amazon Prime: No

"Aaron Paul and Scoot McNairy can't save this film."

After their car breaks down during a race, a group of friends seek aid in a nearby junk-yard only to find themselves a target to a mysterious killer...

Wreckage begins with a laughable attempt at family drama. Then, it skips 15 years into the present for an almost decent serial killer intro. Finally, you reach what felt like never-ending credits. If you don't like this introduction, stop the movie, and try watching something else -- it doesn't get better. The rest of the plot basically follows Jared (Mike Erwin), who runs off for help early in the film, as he plays superhero to save his friends from an unknown assailant. It's boring and bland, and it leads to a predictable ending.

First and foremost, most of Wreckage is unintentionally hilarious. It's not bad enough for the story to be cliché-riddled, it's also filled with laugh-out-loud dialogue, stupid characters, and laughable acting; blend them all together and you have an unintentionally hilarious horror film that's funnier than most comedies nowadays. For example, Jared's dialogue is unintentionally hilarious because of how it's written and performed; his character is made out to be some super soldier military vet, but he looks and sounds more like he played too much Call of Duty. Even worse, the film doesn't have a shred of horror. There is no suspense or tension, and its jump-scares have no jump. Thrills? None of that, either.

Okay, aside from the unintentional humor, there was some genuinely funny comic relief. It's not a lot, but it was enough to conjure at least a handful of laughs. This comes in the form of the humorous nephew of the junk-yard owner, played by Scoot McNairy, who offers a quirky and funny character. Of course, this isn't a comedy, so it doesn't help much. It's not so funny, it's scary -- it's more like so bad, it's funny.

The acting is mostly bad from the cast. Mike Erwin lacks the charisma and delivery for a leading man. The cast during the family drama segment I mentioned are the worst offenders, though. Aaron Paul is decent, but his character is generic and his dialogue is bad. Scoot McNairy is a beacon of light, a saving grace for this film -- okay, maybe not a saving grace, but he definitely helped me get through the film! The music is bad. The cinematography is mediocre. The special effects are low-budget computer graphics -- nothing special or terrible. Director John Asher doesn't do much directing -- I mean, the dialogue and performances are so bad, and the film has no horror.

Overall, Wreckage is a bad film. It's not scary or thrilling, and it has more unintentional humor than intentional. The acting is mostly bad, and the cast get little help from director John Asher. Aaron Paul and Scoot McNairy can't save this film.

Score: 2/10
Parental Guide: Some violence and blood.

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