Stuck is director Stuart Gordon’s last film that he himself directed. He was also responsible for Dagon, Re-Animator, and Dolls to name a few.
Stuck is loosely based on a true story. It’s the story of a man who was hit by an intoxicated driver and got stuck in his windshield. But when he is caught in the windshield – and lives – she panics and doesn’t know what to do. So, she continues to live her regular life as best as she can. Meanwhile, the man in her windshield is desperately beating the horn and screaming for help.
It’s a hard picture to watch, but that’s what is important about it. It’s a tale about the inhumanity of humans who often put their selfish views ahead of other’s wellness. In this particular case, the main girl, Brandi, is too worried about getting the promotion at work to even try to get Thomas, the stuck man, any help. When he asks for help, he is met in response to a wooden stick beating him in the face to silence him.
It’s also a tale of how he was a man who was literally stuck between a rock and a hard place. Even before he is stuck in her windshield, he is stuck trying to find a new job, he is getting evicted, and every person he interacts with leading up to the windshield predicament is treated as “it’s your choice,” even though it’s more of a ‘pick your poison’ reality.
The film is brutal and funny at times, but it is very meditative. I know it made me go through a circus of emotions while watching it. I also watched it with the eyes of knowing that this was Gordon’s last directed piece before his death only a few weeks ago, and so his mission and statement rang harder with me than ever.
'Til Next Time, Mike Cleopatra