I recently watched Wrecked, and there are some unclear parts. I realized that during the robbery, the men (robbers) dragged along the man only to use his vehicle. During that, we are shown the dumbfounded girl sitting on a bench after the quarrel (?) with the man. So I concluded that they are the fiancé and fiancée.

It also explains why the man sees the girl almost every time after the accident (she is constantly in his memory).

But the problem: why does he (try to) kill her? And also, whenever he sees her, with increasing intensity toward the end of the movie, she does not look good or happy at all.

Does it have something to do with the man getting a flashback (while leaning on the wrecked car), about he himself shooting the girl?

I would be really thankful to anyone who could clear this up for me. I may be missing something, but don't get what it is.

  • watched it, and also have quastions. can seem to find the answers by google.
    – user1346
    May 20, 2012 at 22:11
  • something said movieweb.com/news/exclusive-adrien-brody-talks-wrecked
    – user1346
    May 20, 2012 at 22:21
  • I was thinking a combination of all of these answers here. Good thought out answers BTW. I just watched the movie for the first time. Good acting by Adrian Brody.
    – user25760
    Sep 8, 2015 at 22:14
  • @Roshnal. Do any of these answers satisfy you? If not, what would you like to see? Feb 11, 2016 at 19:29

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While he struggles with the hallucination girl before he "kills" her, he says "you didn't think I would really do it but I did". Earlier after he first hears about the robbery he has a "memory" of him pointing the gun at the woman as if she is a bank teller and he is robbing her. By the end of the film we know that he never really pointed the gun at her because he was just an innocent bystander who got held hostage and taken away. All this leads me to believe that because of the radio announcement of the robbery he believes he is one of the robbers. Because of the false memory of him pointing the gun on her he thinks he may have killed her in the robbery. So when he keeps seeing the hallucination girl and she leads him to the car again he gets angry and "shoots her again" because he doesn't want the guilt of seeing her over and over. In the end we find out she was probably his wife or fiancé (he's wearing a ring the whole movie). And he probably felt guilty and kept hallucinating her because they argued the last time he saw her. That also explains why she always looks angry in his hallucinations.


Lack of food and water is causing him to hallucinate. He and, probably his wife, had an argument before he was nabbed. After waking up in the ditch, everything that happens to him is a mixture of hallucination and reality. Clarity finally hits him when he is brought face to face with the robber at the end. He never shot his wife.


I was thinking that he killed his wife well before the accident, but he cannot remember and her spirit appears after the accident very angry and want to make he suffer too for revenge. That's why she tries to confuse him at different times, but she disappeared when he killed her spirit in his imagination to survive. And the dog that guides and protects him was the spirit of the dog he had when he was a child.

Remember the scene minutes before when he was kidnapped by the robbers, he saw her sitting and waiting for him and he saw her with a surprise, like he didn't expect to see her there, so this is when he saw her spirit the first time.


From my understanding, there are a few things at work here. The first thing to do is read the pretty good summary of the film.

To answer your questions: Why does he try to kill her? He realises he is hallucinating and that everytime he sees her and follows her he is led back to the car. He is frustrated, tired, confused and quick to anger, which is why he shot her (in his imagination at least).

Another theory is that its a manifestation of guilt/anger as he spends some time in the movie believing he is the criminal. Perhaps as he gets angrier he feels that since he's already committed these other crimes, he can commit this one too. It's possible, although I prefer the first suggestion in the paragraph above.

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