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Stuart Gordon made a masterpiece in Re-animator, and carved a career in
the eighties out of schlock horror with a heavy foot in satire. In the
nineties he managed to lose his way a little but the naughties has seen
him experimenting with genres, providing his most interesting work to
date. Edmond was a lurch to the left with Mamet's difficult play, but
this film returns him to a genre he's more familiar with, yet the tone
is firmly planted in reality.
Some reviewers have suggested that Stuck is simply a thriller but I
disagree. Certainly there is a grotesque sort of suspense, yet Gordon
has managed to provide humanity to his victim, and show us the type of
system that puts so many to the street.
It also shows us how a relatively normal reaction of fear and shock can
mislead even the most well meaning person into a situation which climbs
out of control with devastating consequences. It will also reinforce
the fact that we never know how people will react until placed into a
difficult situation, ourselves included.
The film never feels forced. You can believe that this actually
happened, (based loosely on a true story) though this takes events to
Stephen Rea gives a constrained performance, (pun intended) as the
proverbial bug. You'll feel his pain and scream for justice.
I hope Stuart Gordon continues taking risks. His best work may be ahead
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