That's the inspiration for Stuart Gordon's torture-porn horror film Stuck, a movie that begins as a sad, excruciating indictment of a moment of inhumanity, evolves into a dark comedy and then takes on the veneer of a vengeance fantasy. It's audience manipulation in the crudest sense.
Rea gives some empathy to Thomas Bardo, an unemployed mid-level manager whose life has hit bottom. He is newly on the streets, and that's where Brandi hits him. He's trapped, bleeding to death, and she's angry with him for the inconvenience he represents to her career and love life.
I can't say I liked the troubling first half of this well-crafted film, with its agonizing moments with a man impaled by a windshield wiper. But at least that half is morally defensible. It lost me the moment it started going for cheap laughs.
Screening at: Saturday, March 29, midnight-1:25 AM at Regal; Monday, March 31, 9:15 p.m.-10:40 p.m. at Enzian