While driving her son to school, Rachel honks at a truck that was stopped and wouldn’t move. After not receiving an apology from Rachel the truck driver decides to hunt Rachel and to kill the people she cares about teaching her a lesson about how her actions have consequences.
Unhinged centers around 2 main characters, Rachel and “the man”. Rachel, played by Caren Pistorius, is a mother who is struggling financially. She is also going through a divorce, and her thoughts are a little bit scattered. Regardless of what she has going on, she cares for her son more than anything. “The Man”, played by Russel Crowe, is someone going through a presumably tough time. Very little is known about this character, but he plays a major role.
Unhinged features everything you could want out of a thriller: lots of action and well shot scenes. The plot is relatively simple: woman honks man and causes a chain reaction of death and destruction. Although this aspect may be exaggerated for the sake of the movie, it still brings up good points relating to road rage, anger management, and multitasking at the wheel. Another aspect that wasn’t as good was that some decisions didn’t seem logical. Mainly emergency response time and action. Although the movie writes this off as there are less police on the force, I still find it odd that none of the characters were pulled over for speeding and causing major accidents.
Now onto the fun parts of the movie. The action was intense. If this movie was a rollercoaster, the opening scene brought you straight to the top and it’s been downhill since then. There is no time for a breather, as you are hit by action after action. With a run time of an hour and a half, I feel like this is the perfect amount of time to digest the movie. Any longer, and it would have felt too long with too much going on. Too short, and it feels like it didn’t flesh out the plot enough. Overall, definitely a good run time. I especially liked the character of The Man. He was so unapologetically crazy that it was fun to watch him and his crazy antics. For those familiar with our website, the constant violence reminds me of something out of The Devil All the Time.
Overall, Unhinged was a great movie to enjoy if you’re in for a thriller. The movie doesn’t ever give you a breather and you are hit with action after action, with great use of foreshadowing throughout. Definitely recommend giving this movie a watch.
Wow. Unhinged is one of the most intense, emotional thrillers that I have watched. It starts fast and doesn’t really slow down. The constant action and high tension makes for an entertaining movie. It does cross the line a few times, and it will shock you with the degree of violence.
The plot is short and simple. Man doesn’t go at green light, woman honks at man, man gets angry, man chases woman in car. Common sense right? Obviously, it has a little bit more to it than that, but the plot is very simple and easy to follow. It leaves room for you to pay attention to the events as they happen, instead of trying to connect pieces together. It is very captivating although a little bit much at times. The level of violence surprised me with this one, and the intensity never really breathes. Most of the time we see a movie go up and then maybe some comedic relief or something to release the tension. That moment doesn’t ever come. The tension rises for nearly the entire movie. I really loved that this was only an hour and a half because I think it would have been an awful movie had it been slower and longer.
The camera angles are huge in this movie, shifting between vehicles and different scenes. It is pretty darn good camera work, and it really adds to the movie. The cinematography makes you feel like you are reliving these events instead of just watching them.
The only downside with this movie and the fact that it moves so fast is that we blow past any sort of development. We know very little about our characters before the events of the movie, and we learn very little as the movie goes on. There are little pieces and hints along the way, but we don’t even know our villain’s name. The characters are a lot more complex in comparison to the plot, and I really would have liked to get a little bit more development into both our main characters, past my own suspicions or theories.
I really enjoyed this one. It’s fast, action-filled, and guaranteed to play with your emotions. The intensity doesn’t let you breathe from the open, and it keeps you on the edge of your seat. The 2020 blockbuster scratched an action itched I didn’t know I had, and I’d recommend checking it out while it’s on Netflix!
This was one of the most intense movies I have seen in a long time. After the first 15 minutes where they establish the characters, the rest of the movie is a non-stop, pedal to the medal, thrill ride where no one is safe. One thing that I was skeptical about with this movie was the idea that a man could become so angry over a road incident to become a psycho but luckily this film shows he has a precedent. We are shown that the “man” has anger issues as well as the fact that we see him kill his ex-wife and her new partner which just emphasizes that this man has no problem killing. My favourite scenes were all the scenes that included the driving because that was when the intensity was at its peak and you could sense the danger with the speed they were driving and the crashes they were causing. I thought the acting was very good from both Caren Pistorius and Russell Crowe with each character being believable and we see how they both can be driven towards their separate goals. Russell Crowe was especially menacing and creepy as he could fake being kind in some scenes but his manic behaviour and violent tendencies would end up coming into play. Another positive in my opinion is the straightforward narrative of this film because while I do like deep stories with lots of layers and characters it is nice to watch a film that has an easy-to-follow plot so they can make it a thrill ride movie. Now a complaint I have is that the character development is so minimal that they are basically all just archetypes but due to the short run time and the rapid pace that is a sacrifice this film makes for its spectacle which I think was the right choice though I would’ve liked to see more character development personally. It is a short movie with a run time of approximately an hour and a half but I feel any longer and it would be harder for this story to work as you would wonder how long this could actually continue.
All in all, I enjoyed this film. It is a solid thriller with a straightforward plot that I would recommend to anyone looking for an intense violent movie.
So, hop on Netflix and check this out!