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Mena Suvari, Stephen Rea and Russell Hornsby

Rated: R 
Reviewed by: Jim  
Release date: May 30, 2008 Released by: Think Film

This lurid, sordid-looking suspenser is ideal for midnight-madness viewings.

Starring Mena Suvari and Stephen Rea, Stuck manages to effectively stick with you like a nasty B-movie of yesteryear.

It isn't a copy of Stephen King's Misery, yet the premise invites the comparison with a wounded (not authorial) fellow kept under the supervision of an (internally) troubled woman.

Director Stuart Gordon (known for cult hit Re-Animator) and writer John Strysik adeptly work off of an actual occurrence in Fort Worth, Texas and situate their adaptation to Rhode Island.

Rea's Tom is now homeless after the victim of downsizing at his place of employment. Roaming the streets late one night turns disastrous as he's struck by Suvari's bar-hopping Brandi, who happens to be a nursing home orderly who gets pills to the needy patients. Instead of getting help which would be immediately transporting him to a hospital, she opts to hide the impaled man in her windshield in her garage. Brandi knows her job might be in jeopardy if her reckless behavior is uncovered by local authorities.

Strysik's plotting swings between the slowly dying Tom trying to free himself from his strangely harrowing predicament and Brandi clandestinely trying to make the situation go away. She looks to her smarmy boyfriend Rashid, a somewhat risible Russell Hornsby, for help in her desperation. Before the edgy confrontation high point, there are some tricky moments as a dog and a kid see the trapped man.

The unnerving picture has some dark humor instilled into the plights of a homeless man and a nursing-home worker who has more than her share of clean-up. Rea and Suvari, especially, are quite viewer-friendly, bringing an odd depth to their characters.

A grainy, crass visual sheen adds to a production connected to the film's crazy intelligence as ambition gradually comes undone. Stuck is a tight, slick film not for the faint of heart.

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