Wreckage (2010) starring Aaron Paul, Mike Erwin, Cameron Richardson, Scoot McNairy Movie Review

Wreckage (2010)   2/52/52/52/52/5

Aaron Paul in Wreckage (2010)

Junkyard Scrap

Friends Jared (Mike Erwin), Kate (Cameron Richardson), Rick (Aaron Paul) and Jessica (Kelly Kruger) find themselves stranded late at night in the middle of nowhere when their car breaks down. With it being too far to walk to town the friends decide to make their way to a nearby scrap yard where they hope to find the part they need to fix the car. What the friends don't know is that a prisoner has escaped from the nearby prison and he is hiding out in the scrap yard whilst the authorities search for him. Well not everyone is going to survive the night that is for sure.

After two starts which I am not sure whether the intension was to toy with the audience or fill some time we finally get to the real story in "Wreckage" at about the 15 minute mark. Actually we don't as whilst we meet the main characters we still pass some time with some sort of attempt to establish the relationships between the four friends whilst also trying to establish that the cops are not the most efficient bunch as they can't be bothered to do anything. This build up seems to be endless as we also get some weak ass attempt at some fast n furious drag racing action with Ryan Gosling look alike Matt Barr.

Eventually we get to the main story which sees are four friends heading to the junkyard where they of course find themselves having to battle to survive the night after an accident forced Rick to run to town to get help. But the needlessly long build up is not the only issue because are four friends are not the most warming of people and so you find yourself unable to wait for them to meet a grizzly death and as soon as possible. It is the same with the dumb cops as you kind of want them to meet their end as soon as possible.

The thing is that "Wreckage" promises certain things, the marketing makes it look like a certain sort of movie and it comes up with the goods in a typical b-movie horror way. The trouble is that it only just delivers on what is expected and doesn't manage to deliver anything more even when it throws in some ridiculous scenes to try and spin it off on a comedy tangent.

What this all boils down to is "Wreckage" is what it is and that is the sort of horror movie you find whilst channel hopping late at night as you struggle to sleep and end up watching because you recognize a couple of the actors, not because it is any good.