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“UNHINGED” Off the Chain Madness

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

Out today at movie theaters is the film Unhinged. Its lessons on how to commit road rage and how to overcome your worst fear of it. Well, yes it is a film with an off the chain killer who wants to teach an impatient driver a lesson in manners, but he decides to carry it a bit too far. When you get in your seat in the auditorium at the theater, and as the movie starts with the opening scene, take a couple of deep breaths, grip the seat arms on each side of you and be ready for one hell of a ride.

The Man (Russell Crowe) approaches Rachel in UNHINGED, photos courtesy of Solstice Studios

It’s a rainy day as The Man (Russell Crowe) sits parked in his pick-up truck at his former home at 4 AM. He seems to be upset about something so he takes meds to calm himself down. Taking his wedding ring off his finger he gazes out through his windshield at the house. While throwing his ring in the back seat you can see the For Sale sign in the yard. He grabs a hammer and a gas filled can out of his truck and brutally murders the occupants, He then lights the house on fire and drives off.

It’s later that morning and the highways are completely packed. As the morning progresses we find Rachel (Caren Pistorius) taking Kyle (Gabriel Bateman) her pre-teen son to school. She’s already late for work so she decides to take the freeway as local roads are stacked. Upon entering the ramp she pulls up behind a pick-up truck stopped at the light. The light turns green and the truck does not move. Rachel presses hard on the horn and he still doesn’t go. Emotionally upset Rachel presses on the horn incessantly then swings her car around him. It’s The Man, and Rachel has committed the first step in a road rage that’s headed for disaster.

Caren Pistorius as Rachel in UNHINGED, photos courtesy of Solstice Studios

Thus begins a day that Rachel, Kyle and The Man will dread. Director Derrick Borte takes writer Carl Ellsworth script and puts his cameras on his actors as they play out a cat chasing mouse game that becomes one of the wildest rides seen on film. Following the first 10 minutes described above Borte lets it all fly making his film a raging torrent of unstoppable violence.

Russell Crowe gives another great performance as The Man who has decided to end it all no matter what happens to those around him. He’s smart and cunning, but without his meds and already knowing he’s headed for hell, he wants to take anyone who’s rude with him.

As Rachel the rude mother who decides to not apologize, Caren Pistorius turns up the heat on herself leading to a rant that’s become impossible to end. Her character punctuates the problem that I would assume makes road rage possible. We all have bad days, but Rachel takes it out on the wrong person.

Russell Crowe as The Man in UNHINGED, photos courtesy of Solstice Studios

The film has been rated R for strong violent content, and language throughout. The violence is over the top so beware when wanting to take immature teens to see it. Now playing in theaters. Keep your distance as provided by the theater, wear masks if other patrons are nearby and bring along some extra hand gel or alcohol pads for extra protection.

FINAL ANALYSIS: An excellent film for your first trip back to the movie theater that have not been open for months due to covid-19. (4 out of 5 stars)

Additional Film Information:
Cast: Russell Crowe, Caren Pistorius, Gabriel Bateman, Jimmi Simpson, Austin P. Mckenzie
Directed by: Derrick Borte
Written by: Carl Ellsworth
Genre: Action, thriller
MPAA Rating: R for strong violent content, and language throughout. It also contains a scene of drug abuse.
Running Time: 1 hr. 30 min.
Opening Date: August 21, 2020
Distributed by: Solstice Studios
Released in: Theaters, check your local listings for a theater near you.

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