So I’m in the middle of downloading Wrecked, the most recent Adrien Brody film.
It’s IMDB score of 5.1 and this description tell you this probably won’t be an oscar winner…
A man trapped in a car wreck at the bottom of a ravine must overcome incredible odds to survive.
Eight years ago Brody became the youngest ever recipient of the Academy Award for Best Actor. He took home the oscar for his part in Roman Polanski’s Holocaust drama The Pianist beating the ridiculous pool of talent that is… Jack Nicholson, Nicolas Cage, Michael Caine and Daniel Day-fucking-Lewis. His celebratory assault on Halle Berry and looooong speech were the defining images of the show. It really felt like Hollywood had a new leading man.
And yet since then things have kinda gone downhill…
His blockbuster work – Predators, King Kong, The Village – failed to connect with audiences. The excellent Splice and The Darjeeling Limited aside, he has played his part in a host of turkeys. Even movies that on paper looked like hits – Hollywoodland, Cadillac Records – tanked.
Dare I say it, he now seems like the go-to guy for a cheap Hollywood name in your b-movie. Proof:
– The Experiment! – 26 men are chosen to participate in the roles of guards and prisoners in a psychological study that ultimately spirals out of control.
– Giallo! – In Italy, a woman fears her sister may have been kidnapped. Inspector Enzo Avolfi fears it’s worse. They team up to rescue her from a sadistic killer known only as Yellow.
– High School! – A high school valedictorian who gets baked with the local stoner finds himself the subject of a drug test. The situation causes him to concoct an ambitious plan to get his entire graduating class to face the same fate, and fail.
Now I’m trying not to be completely facetious about the man’s career, he does show up as Salvador Dali in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris and the new Tony Kaye (American History X) movie, Detachment, looks promising, but bottom line for a man who’s won an oscar, things haven’t really worked out for the fellah. Perhaps he just has a brutal agent?
Oh actually any fear about his career being in freefall should be put aside. As well as Detachment, turns out that 2012 will also see Brody show up opposite Rob Schneider and Lindsay Lohan in something called Underground Comedy. Step one in career redemption I guess. But I’ll be with you every step of the way. Adrieeeeeeeen!