Stuck (2007) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Crime / Thriller
Image Entertainment || R - 85 minutes - $35.98 || October 14, 2008
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2008-10-14


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Stuart Gordon
Writer(s): Stuart Gordon (story), John Strysik (screenplay)
Cast: Stephen Rea, Mena Suvari


Theatrical Release Date: May 30, 2008


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary (BD Exclusive)
  • 3 Featurettes (BD Exclusives)
  • Interivews Footage (BD Exclusive)
  • Theatrical Trailer (BD Exclusive)


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (DTS MA 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Poor Mena Suvari. What has her career come to in the past few years? I loved her in American Beauty, American Pie, Loser and even her short stint in the hit HBO show "Six Feet Under"... but after that, she just took stinker after stinker. I mean, have you seen Day of the Dead (remake)? Itís horrible. So with that, I sat down with the hopes that Stuck would be her role back into the light. I was wrong.

Very loosely based on a true story, Stuck stars Mena Suvari as Brandi, a young female nurse that has high hopes of being promoted at work. One night while out with friends she drinks a bit too much and takes some X and uh-oh she hits someone! That's right, he goes right through her windshield and she manages to make it home (miles away) with not a single person seeing the accident. After pulling into her secluded garage she notices he's still moving... yep, he's alive! With the possibility of losing her promotion at work she tells him she is calling for help and to sit tight.

The next day she has some hard decisions to make. Instead of helping the poor guy out she decides to go to work and act like it never happened - hoping the issue just fixes itself. Well, it doesn't. With the help of her cheating, drug dealing boyfriend Rashid (Russell Hornsby) - the two plan to get rid of the body and forget that night ever happened.

As the movie starts out, we are introduced to our body in the windshield Thomas Bardo (Stephen Rea), a down on his luck guy who once was very successful but fell on hard times. So by the time he ends up in her windshield we are supposed to feel sorry for him...which I can kind of see. I actually wound up liking his character a bit too much and kept rooting for him to escape and get even on the evil Brandi.

I can't help but wonder if the part of Brandi was supposed to be played by an African American actress. Whatís with Mena's dreadlocks? Didn't she see how ridiculous Jack Black looked with them in I Still Know What You Did Last Summer? Well, besides that, the laughable accident scene and some of the other what the hell moments (the dog at the end) itís still an entertaining flick and may be one of Mena's best in the past few years.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Commentary by Director Stuart Gordon, Writer John Strysik and Actress Menu Suvari - Fairly laid back, this gives us some more information on the "true" event and some of the casting decisions.

Featurettes:
- Ripped from the Headlines (17 Minutes)
- The Gory Details (8 Minutes)
- Driving Forces (9 Minutes)

All in all a pretty good set of features. I found "The Gory Details" to by far be the best thing on the disc as it takes a look at some of the makeup used. Everything else just feels very fluffy.

Also includes is a theatrical trailer and some Interviews Footage from the AFI Dallas International Film Festival.

Apparently the DVD version does not have any of these special features so it appears, at the moment, that these are all Blu-ray exclusive. My score will obviously reflect that fact.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Stuck is presented in 1.78:1 (AVC/MPEG-4) on a 25GB Disc. The first ten minutes of the film don't look very good which numerous scratches and marks showing up, but after that the film started to look a little bit better. Colors are not very vibrant but Blacks do look great. Overall it looked like something that was slightly better than an up-converted DVD.

Image has included an English DTS MA track as well as a standard Dolby Digital 5.1 version. Slightly better than the picture quality we are greeted with an unusual soundtrack right from the start and pretty clear dialog. Volume did tend to fluctuate a bit too often though and I found myself constantly moving my volume knob.



.::OVERALL::.

Stuck is a decent DTV film that deserves to at least be considered for a rental at the store. While it has some laughable moments I was still entertained for its short 85 minute run time. With below average Picture and Audio quality I don't think I could say itís a must have, but if you're a fan of horror/suspense films you may like it.