Written by: Michael Den Boer on September 7th, 2011
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 2010
Director: John Mallory Asher
Writer: David Frigerio
Cast: Scoot McNairy, Aaron Paul, Kelly Kruger, Mike Erwin
DVD released: August 22nd, 2011
Approximate running time: 86 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: 15 (UK)
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 English, Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: Chelsea Films
Region Coding: Region 2 PAL (UK)
Retail Price: £12.99
Though the plot primarily revolves around four friends, who through a fateful event find themselves in the cross-hairs of psychopath. It is actually the film’s opening sequence in which two young boys, who are being raised by a drug addict mother. That the heart and soul of this film is anchored. It is during this scene, where one of these two boys kills his mother and her dealer / lover. And this event sets in motion the story at hand and it also holds the key to the killers’ identity and the killers motive. And without giving away to much more about this film’s main twist, let’s just say that this film comes full circle with its bookend finale.
When compared to other Slasher / Horror films, Wreckage is pretty straight forward and does not bring anything new to the table. All the clichés that one would associate with Slasher and Horror, are in milked for all their worth and then some in this film. Pacing wise the film does a reasonably good job spreading out the scares and plot twists, so that there is rarely a moment in which things drag.
Wreckage was directed John Mallory Asher, who is most known for his portrayal of Gary Wallace, in the T.V. series / adaption of the John Hughes film Weird Science. And while the visuals are not going to set anyone’s world on fire, the end result is just strong enough that there a handful of moments that distinguish themselves from the rest of the film.
Without a doubt the one area in which this film often comes up short are the characters which populate this film. They all are either one dimensional or just plain unalike, that one almost roots for their demise. Also performance wise, the only performance that leaves any lasting impression is the actress that plays a young woman named Savannah, who’s car has broken down on the side of the road and a dark mysterious stranger offers to help her. Ultimately Wreckage is a methodical Slasher film, that majority fans of this type of film will find forgettable.
Chelsea Films presents Wreckage in a 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. Colors and flesh tones look accurate, black levels on the other hand are generally inconsistent and for a film that takes place primarily at night and in dimly lit places, this does present some minor problems. Though details generally look crisp, there are a handful of moments that lack the clarity that is present during the bulk of this transfer. There are no major issues with compression or edge enhancement.
This release comes with two audio options, a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix in English and a Dolby Digital Stereo mix in English. The differences between these two audio mixes is minimal. Both offer up a clear and balanced presentation. And while the more ambient aspects of this soundtrack are well represented. Range wise things often sound rather limited.
Extras for this release are limited to a trailer for the film (1 minute 9 seconds – letterboxed widescreen). Overall Wreckage gets a serviceable audio / video presentation from Chelsea Films.