Justin Bieber is "relieved" after prosecutors in Canada dropped an assault charge against him on Monday (08Sep14).
The troubled pop star was accused of attacking a limousine driver in Toronto last year (13), but officials withdraw the charge against the 20-year-old star during a hearing at a court in the city. Officials insist they could not prove "beyond a reasonable doubt" Bieber was the offender because there were several other passengers in the car at the time of the incident.
Prosecutor David Mitchell told the court they had decided not to proceed with the case as there is "no reasonable prospect of conviction," adding, "There were a number of people in the vehicle seated behind the driver at the time of the incident, and the (prosecution) is not in a position to establish the identification of the person who came into contact with the complainant beyond a reasonable doubt based on the evidence available."
Bieber's lawyer Brian Greenspan told reporters outside the court, "(Bieber) was obviously relieved... (and feels ready to) get on with his busy career with one less diversion... This is an example of the system working as it should. Police laid the charge after a complaint was made and the (prosecution) did its job by reviewing all the evidence before reaching the correct decision."
The news comes as a boost to Bieber following a string of recent convictions for his bad boy behaviour. He was convicted of vandalism in July (14) for pelting a neighbour's house with eggs, and he also pleaded guilty to misdemeanour charges of careless driving and resisting arrest last month (Aug14) stemming from an arrest in Miami Beach, Florida earlier in the year (14).
What I’ve always admired about Adrien Brody is his project-choosing process. He takes on big studio flicks like King Kong and Predators from time to time but for the most part he’s a maverick sticking to independent or avant-garde fare in which he’s able to express himself with artistic integrity through unorthodox narratives. Such is the case in Wrecked his new film that sounds like Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours on paper but is far more disconcerting than that true tale of survival.
The story begins at the bottom of a featureless ravine inside a broken-down car that’s apparently been run off the road. In the passenger seat is an unnamed Man (Brody) who is trapped in shotgun while the body of a stranger rots in the backseat. Adding to this disturbing scenario is memory loss – the Man can’t recall how he got there or who he is. As dehydration starvation and exhaustion set in the line between reality and delusion blurs and the audience goes on a strange trip of rediscovery with the enigmatic prisoner.
While the linchpin in Boyle’s film is James Franco’s performance Wrecked relies more on the atmospheric direction of Michael Greenspan who makes his feature debut with this surreal picture. That’s not to say that Brody doesn’t deliver an unnerving portrayal of a man in a grave situation. As he moans and writhes in and out of his seat you can’t help sympathizing with him though screenwriter Christopher Dodd concocts a backstory that removes whatever remorse you had for him at times while piquing your curiosity at others. He heightens the anxiety of the unknown with a spooky score longer-than-average shots and a few bizarre situations. The natural environments and minimalist screenplay aid the filmmaker in creating his eerie tone despite the picturesque setting which would be calming if not for some perplexing hallucinations related to the Man’s past predicament.
Unfortunately the bare bones script is also the biggest problem with Wrecked as the film like its protagonist doesn’t really go anywhere. The revelations come far too quickly resulting in a boring anti-climactic effect. Even though there’s some distressing fun to be had while getting to the finish line it’s a sterilized psychological thriller that brings to mind films like Brad Anderson’s The Machinist but fails to achieve that level of ambiguous magnetism.