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Times of India
Emily (Hutchinson) and Leslie (Whitburn) are besties who embark on a long road trip in order to join some other friends for a party. As they hurtle along in their red Mustang on a lonely highway in the American Northwest, their journey takes a turn for the worse. They come across and are harassed by the driver of a big-rig tow truck. It soon becomes a matter of life and death for the girls.
This film is said to be a take on Steven Spielberg's 1971 TV movie Duel, but apart from borrowing the premise of road rage taken to the extreme, that's where similarities end. Duel's sole male protagonist is now swapped for two party girls, whose road trip is meant to culminate in a weekend of debauchery and fun. Leslie is the wilder one, who swallows ale and inhales weed with rapacious glee, even though designated driver Emily tut-tuts her and urges moderation. But Leslie has no patience - even for a lumbering tow truck that obstructs their speed and path - and bounces around in her seat impatiently like a simian on speed.
Their anger turns into fear when they realize that the rig's driver is seemingly out to kill them. Why that is so, is never explained but we get a glimpse of his (or her?) diabolical bent thanks to shots of an upside down crucifix and a pentagram. The girls forget about the partying and try to save their lives. The film starts out promisingly but later, becomes a bit tedious, thanks to a somewhat repetitive pattern in the narrative. There's also a lot less action than what such a film could promise. Sure, the film is low budget and corners are cut, but thankfully, at least the POV shots from the Mustang are passable even though the stunts are nonexistent as is a sense of intensity, buildup and climax.
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.
Wrecker is a remake of Steven Spielberg's "Duel" (1971) starring Dennis Weaver.
Best friends Emily and Lesley decide to take a road trip to get away from it all. When Email makes a decision to turn off the busy highway and on to a lone, desert road, a quicker route, all hell breaks loose. They soon find themselves the target of a mysterious tow truck that forces them into a dangerous game of cat and mouse. Harrowing escapes, deadly situations and near captures constantly shifting, turning their road trip into a living, breathing nightmare.
As they drive along the highway, they come upon a two truck big rig who drives slowly and cautiously. The girls are frustrated by this and honk repeatedly, hoping that he will speed up. Finally, they overtake him and zoom ahead. But by now, the truck catches up with them when they stop at a gas station. A while later, Leslie is kidnapped and Emily goes frantic while trying to escape the truck as well as find out what happened to Leslie.
Emily tries to get help from the police and when she is stopped by one highway patrolman, he is run over by the truck as he asks her for her license and registration. In a final showdown, she and the rig race towards each other head-to-head. Emily to the right at the last moment and the rig, to the left. the rig stops while suspended halfway over a cliff. Emily then gets out and opens the boot of her Mustang, presumably to find Leslie's corpse inside. She then gets back in the car and rams the rig off the cliff. Later, we see Emily walking among a lot of cars - presumably the rig's previous victims, before the camera cuts to the front of a truck similar to the one she rammed over. The truck's headlights activate as the movie ends.