Monday, November 9, 2020

Unhinged (2020)

Streaming Services: In Theaters
Movie Name/Year: Unhinged (2020)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Length: 90 minutes
Rating: R
Production/DistributionAltitude Films, Ascot Elite Entertainment Group, Blitz, Burek Films, Cathay-Keris Films, DeAPlaneta, Diamond Films, Eagle Films, Ingenious, Kadokawa, Leone Film Group, Leonine Distribution, MM2 Entertainment, Movie Cloud, Noori, Noori Pictures, Phars Film, Pris Audiovisuais, Remain In Light, SND Films, Solstice International Studios, Solstice Studios, StudioCanal, Tanweer Alliances, The Searchers, Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Vertical Entertainment, Volga, Volga Film Ukraine, VR Films And Studios, VVS Films
Director: Derrick Borte
Writer: Carl Ellsworth
Actors: Russell Crowe, Caren Pistorius, Gabriel Bateman, Jimmi Simpson, Austin P. McKenzie, Juliene Joyner, Stephen Louis Grush, Anne Leighton, Devyn A. Tyler
Blurb from IMDb: After a confrontation with an unstable man at an intersection, a woman becomes the target of his rage.

Selina’s Point of View:
Russell Crowe (The Loudest Voice, Boy Erased, War Machine) is damn terrifying when he’s allowed to let out his crazy side. This film allowed him to do just that. It really lived up to its name.
I’m aware that critics didn’t really enjoy Unhinged, but I’m on the side of the audience. I paid a very reduced price for my ticket to see it, but I would have been fine if I’d spent the full $20. It kept me on the edge of my seat.
Granted, I would call a lot of it gratuitous. The flick probably could have gotten the same reaction from me with a lower body count, but it still works. The heightened violence really showed the psychopathy of the antagonist, and it reinforced just how in danger the protagonists were. There was never a moment during the movie where I felt safe.
That’s exactly what I expect from an action thriller.
What makes it even more harrowing is that it could absolutely happen.

The opening credits take clips from road rage incidents around the world. I believe these are actual clips, because I recognize a few of them from various sites. It sets the stage for something unlikely – but still possible.
I lived in Brooklyn for the majority of my life. I never needed to drive. Besides, I didn’t have the money for a car. So, I didn’t learn to drive until a couple of years ago when my husband taught me.
My husband is an incredibly calm driver. If he honks, I expect to see an accident taking place right in front of us. I’ve seen him ignore more horrible drivers than I knew existed. And, that’s how he taught me. If I get angry, I may yell a bit, but my horn is only for dangerous situation.
Still, after Unhinged, I’m going to triple-guess myself whenever I feel my hand drifting.
Unhinged is a heart-pounding, deeply disturbing, thriller. I would definitely recommend it.

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – 47%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 77%
Metascore – 4/100
Metacritic User Score – 5.3/10
IMDB Score – 6/10
Trust the Dice: Selina’s Rating3.5/5
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