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Wrecker (2015)




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Best friends Emily and Lesley go on a road trip to the desert. When Emily decides to get off the highway and take a "short cut," they become the target of a relentless and psychotic trucker who forces them to play a deadly game of cat and mouse.

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Michael Dickson
as Pickup Driver
Kurtis Macguire
as Gas Jockey
Kurtis Maguire
as Gas Jockey
Andy Nez
as Frank
Dylan Rhymer
as Night Gas Jockey
Don Knodel
as Man in Diner
Dave Blattler
as Tow Truck Driver
Celia Reid
as Woman at End
Aine Young
as Police Dispatch Voice
Riley Schutz
as Boy Playing Soccer
Emily Schutz
as Girl Playing Soccer
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Critic Reviews for Wrecker

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

Less a chase picture than a driving-around picture, the movie relies heavily on long action sequences that never develop much zip.

November 5, 2015 | Full Review…

Time and again, the filmmaker cuts the money shot meant to theoretically cap a sequence.

November 1, 2015 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Wrecker is another generic evil trucker film.

November 6, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Don't even think of wasting your well-earned shrugs on Wrecker.

August 28, 2018 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

The film's only plus points are a few jump scares, slickness and the scenic great outdoors, where it was shot. Apart from that, there's little else to recommend.

November 20, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Pitched somewhere between Duel and Joyride, this motor-psycho picture fails to stake out new territory or ring any significant changes on a decades-old formula.

November 5, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Wrecker

From the sublime (Coco) to the ridiculous (Wrecker). I suppose that's not really fair to say because, unless I watched a movie of the same (or higher) quality as Coco, then everything else, technically, is a step down. Though there's degrees to that, of course, given that, as an example, I could watch Baby Driver again after I watched Coco and, as great as Baby Driver is, it's still a bit of a comedown from Coco. But, with this movie, it'd be like falling from a cliff that's the size of Mount Everest. Maybe that's overstating the point, of course, but it should be noted. There's a funny thing about this movie and, I'm gonna ask you to bear with me here since I may be saying something that might make some people question my sanity, but this movie reminds me a lot of Mad Max: Fury Road. You may ask yourself how this film compares to Fury Road, regarded as one of the greatest action movies ever made by me, myself and I, below-average evil trucker horror movie. Well, really, the answer is simple. Fury Road told its story through a two-hour chase sequence. The story took place on the road and, really, there was very little down time in that movie. The argument COULD be made that this, really, follows the same approach. It's, obviously, not exactly the same thing since, again, the action is out of this world in Fury Road and this, really, can't even come close to comparing. And this isn't really even meant to be an action movie, in the slightest. Here's the thing though, and this should be obvious given the rating that I'm giving it, but this is not a particularly good movie. You'd think that, with its set-up, that this would be a more exciting movie, but it's really not. Dare I say that, on top of being a bad movie, it's also really fucking boring on top of that. And, to me at least, it's not like the movie is bad enough that it can classify as entertainment either. Also, another thing on top of that, is that I'm struggling to remember much from the movie. That's not a good sign considering that I saw this movie yesterday. There's honestly little about this movie that I liked and, quite frankly, I don't think I could say that I like anything. Casting an attractive woman as your lead isn't really gonna benefit your movie one way or the other, in terms of quality. Story is thin as fuck. These two women, on their way to a beach house or something, take this deserted road called Devil's Pass. There, they have to deal with a slow-ass tow truck. So they decide to pass him. The tow truck guy gets angry and proceeds to chase down these women for the rest of the movie. Though, to be fair, the implication is that this guy (or gal) is some sort of serial killer, given what happened at the beginning to the married couple. This couple's fate is never revealed, you just see the tow truck guy towing their car around for the majority of the movie without any sign of the bodies. But, really, that's honestly all there is to the story. Emily and Leslie (Em does most of the driving) pass him, pisses the guy off and off we go. There's nothing else to this. It's all about this tow truck guy chasing these women and terrorizing them. And, that's fine, I guess, if you want to have a really limited narrative with minimal character development. I get it, it's a movie about survival, those are fine. But, at least, if you're gonna eschew character development, substitute it with an intense, non-stop affair. Where Em and Leslie are always fighting off danger or something. And I guess, in theory, they do try to do that, but they do it so incompetently that it just fails miserably. There's no weight, no credibility to anything that's happening. I know I'm watching a shitty movie and they refused to do anything to change that perception. And, of course, this being a cheaply produced flick, there's a lot of idiocy. There are scenes where, quite literally, the tow truck sneaks up on Emily and Leslie. Seriously. Look, this tow truck isn't a semi-trailer (which is considerably bigger), but you mean to fucking tell me that a TOW TRUCK CAN SNEAK UP ON SOMEONE WITHOUT THEM NOTICING. I had to all-caps that just to highlight the sheer stupidity of asking someone to buy into this. Even if the movie had been any good, I would have had a lot of issues with this. There are some scenes where the tow truck slows down and it's still, relatively speaking, loud. So how is it possible, in any form of entertainment, that something as heavy and encumbering as a tow truck can be as quick, nimble and stealthy as a ninja? Idiocy. Sheer idiocy. There's also another scene where Emily and Leslie come upon the car from the couple I already mentioned in a bridge of some sort. The guy from the tow truck left it there for some reason or another. So instead of Em and Leslie passing the car and driving by it, they had plenty of space to do so, they proceed to get out of their cars, they wave down another guy (who had glorious hair) and had him help them push it out of the way. FUCKING WHY?!??!?! These women had, by this point, been chased by this guy for a good chunk of the movie. Why would they choose to make themselves targets by sticking around in the same place for any length of time just to try to move a car that you could have easily driven past??? Why are these characters so goddamn, fucking stupid??? And there's another stupid moment in this scene where the guy with the glorious hair says that this guy in a tow truck offered to help, which is when he sneaks up on them and rams the couple's car (that Em is in due to their attempt to movie it). The stupid part isn't the fact that the truck snuck up on them, I've already mentioned that. It's just that there's no sense of time passing between the guy with the glorious hair checking the car, since it doesn't turn on, to him telling Emily that the tow truck guy offered to help. This all happened in the span of, like, 15 seconds. How does this even happen? This is, honestly, more infuriating of a movie that I thought after finishing it yesterday. There's some minor shit too, like the ladies locking themselves in their car, which has stalled, instead of getting out and running. The truck is getting closer to them so locking the ladies locking themselves in the car does nothing if he can ram it anyway. I suppose he could run them over even if they do get out and run. But, at the very least, there's a chance that they could escape on foot. That's all the stupid shit that comes to mind that makes it very difficult to find any enjoyment in this. The acting is nothing to write home about, though it could have been worse. Maybe I'm being generous, but it is what it is. When you've seen Tommy Wiseau act, nothing could ever come close to that level of badness. But, really, Tommy is a special man and there's level of badness to where, even if you're not as bad as Wiseau, you're still terrible. I did very minimal acting in high school and college and, I'll tell you right now, I was awful. Anyway, though, the point is that the acting could have been worse. Oh and I forgot to comment on the ending. After everything Emily and Leslie were put through, the ending felt really anticlimactic in how the tow truck was disposed of. There's very little, if any, special effects in the movie, but they used one for the...wrecking (get it) of the truck and it's so lame looking. Not only was it lame, it didn't look like it could actually kill a fly. So, again, after everything these two women were put through, is it so much to ask that the truck blow up in an incredible explosion. Is that REALLY too much to ask? I get that the budget was very limited, but still. Another thing is the fact that this Devil's Pass is supposed to be deserted, but there's scenes (not when they go through the tunnel, where they obviously show some cars) where it's just supposed to be the tow truck and Emily's car and you see some car far off in the distance. It's that type of quality control, or lack thereof, that really destroyed the movie's chances of being, even, a decent experience. Nothing else to say, this is a bad movie and it offers no reason to justify its existence. It's a movie that was made just for the sake of making one. I wouldn't recommend this, in the slightest.

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