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Unthinkable -- A psychological thriller centered around a black-ops interrogator and an FBI agent who press a suspect terrorist into divulging the location of three nuclear weapons sets to detonate in the U.S.


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Writer (WGA):
Peter Woodward (written by)
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A psychological thriller centered around a black-ops interrogator and an FBI agent who press a suspect terrorist into divulging the location of three nuclear weapons set to detonate in the U.S. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Samuel L. Jackson ... Henry Harold 'H' Humphries

Carrie-Anne Moss ... Agent Helen Brody

Michael Sheen ... Steven Arthur Younger

Stephen Root ... Charles Thompson

Lora Kojovic ... Rina Humphries

Martin Donovan ... Assistant Director Jack Saunders

Gil Bellows ... Agent Vincent

Vincent Laresca ... Agent Leandro

Brandon Routh ... Agent D.J. Jackson

Joshua Harto ... Agent Phillips

Holmes Osborne ... General Paulson

Michael Rose ... Colonel Kerkmejian

Randy Oglesby ... Mr. Bradley

Benito Martinez ... Alvarez

Sasha Roiz ... Interrogator Lubitchich

Dayo Ade ... MP Winston

Yara Shahidi ... Katie Humphries

Sayeed Shahidi ... Peter Humphries

Necar Zadegan ... Jehan Younger
Jillian Bruno ... Samura Younger

Coby Seyrafi ... Ali Younger

Chris McGarry ... Major Pierce

Angela Martinez ... CNN Announcer

David E. Willis ... ESPN Host (as David Willis)

Geoff Meed ... Young Sergeant

Kirk B.R. Woller ... Observer

Kelly Vaughn ... TV News Announcer

Bill A. Jones ... Announcer #2

Phil Somerville ... Soldier

Austin Nichols ... Bomb Disposal Expert

Delaine Yates ... Pedestrian with Child
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Indra Bartona ... FBI Agent (uncredited)

Christian Eric Billings ... LAPD Officer (uncredited)
Alzahir Born ... Video Operations Agent (uncredited)

Daryl Anthony Harper ... Special Forces Marine (uncredited)

Kal Parekh ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Michael Pecchia ... Victim (uncredited)

Jakob Salvati ... Young Boy (uncredited)

Jack Valan ... CIA Agent (uncredited)
Ryan Van de Kamp Buchanan ... Soldier (uncredited)

Directed by
Gregor Jordan 
Writing credits
Peter Woodward (written by)

Produced by
Caldecot Chubb .... producer
Vince Cirrincione .... executive producer (as Vincent Cirrincione)
Vanessa Coifman .... producer
Samson Mucke .... line producer
Bill Perkins .... producer (as William O. Perkins III)
Rachel Rose .... executive producer
Marco Weber .... producer
Original Music by
Graeme Revell 
Cinematography by
Oliver Stapleton (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Scott Chestnut 
Casting by
John Papsidera 
Production Design by
Steven Jones-Evans 
Art Direction by
Nick Ralbovsky 
Set Decoration by
Amber Haley 
Costume Design by
Danielle Hollowell 
Makeup Department
Allan A. Apone .... department head makeup
Brad Look .... prosthetic makeup artist
Francisco X. Pérez .... key makeup artist
Robert L. Stevenson .... key hair stylist
Sara Vaughn .... second makeup
Production Management
Trent Hara .... production supervisor
Samson Mucke .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stephen P. Dunn .... first assistant director
Paul Byrne Prenderville .... second assistant director
Katie Pruitt .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Mark Brooks .... on-set dresser
Michael Buha .... set dresser
Guillaume DeLouche .... property master
Robert Grbavac .... painter
Bridget Jevens .... art production assistant
Kami Laprade .... set decoration buyer
Geoffrey Mandel .... graphic designer
Robert 'Cass' McEntee .... carpenter
Michael O'Donnell .... leadman
Sam Page .... set designer
Lars Petersen .... construction coordinator
Lee Ross .... lead scenic
Bennet Silver .... set dresser
Ryan Steinhauer .... set dresser
Steven C. Voll .... general foreman
Jason Whetzell .... set dresser
Ben Woodworth .... camera scenic
Sound Department
Jean-Michel Beranger .... french dubbing mixer
Alzahir Born .... video operator
David O. Daniel .... sound mixer
Robert Dehn .... sound studio manager
Jason Gaya .... adr mixer
Angela Hemingway .... adr dialogue editor
Angela Hemingway .... adr supervisor
Chad J. Hughes .... supervising sound editor
Richard Kitting .... additional sound re-recording mixer
Zach Michaelis .... foley mixer
Scott Solan .... boom operator
Jonathan Wales .... sound re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
William Dawson .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Chris Ervin .... visual effects
Tuan Ho .... digital compositor
Lucas Krost .... visual effects artist
Charles Croughwell .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Luke Allein .... assistant camera
Bryan Booth .... dimmer board operator
Ryan Bradley .... grip
Chris Cotterman .... grip
Simon England .... film loader
Jack English .... gaffer
Tim Guffin .... second assistant camera
Patrick R. Heffernan .... key grip
Leo Ibanez .... grip
Josh Ingalls .... company grip
Jessica Lakoff .... second assistant camera
Chris Lombardi .... camera operator: "a" camera
James Madigan .... grip
Jesse Mather .... lighting technician
Patrick McArdle .... first assistant camera
Simone Perusse .... lighting technician
Dan Preiser .... grip
Dale Robinette .... still photographer
Jeff Smith .... a dolly grip
Joshua Stern .... rigging gaffer
Sam Stewart .... dolly grip
Stephen Thorp .... assistant chief lighting technician
Casting Department
Jennifer Cram .... casting associate
Dawn Marie Deibert .... extras casting
Dylan Jury .... casting assistant
Shaunessy James Quinn .... extras casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marisa Aboitiz .... costume supervisor
Claire Bergkamp .... costumer
Askia Won-Ling Jacob .... costumer: Mr. Jackson
Nora Phillips Pedersen .... costumer
Editorial Department
James Ahern .... digital intermediate data manager
Brian Beard .... digital intermediate editor
Christopher Marquez .... post-production assistant
Keith Shaw .... digital intermediate colorist
Martin Wilson .... assistant editor
David Orr .... film color timer (uncredited)
Music Department
Kevin Crehan .... music editor: temp
Jan Holzner .... orchestra recording engineer
Ashley Revell .... music editor
Transportation Department
Al Burton .... transportation coordinator
Kimberly Burton .... transportation dispatcher
Gary Jackson .... transportation
Ken Kaplan .... transportation
Kim Magruder .... driver generator operator
Kelly Murphy .... transportation captain
Brenda Ryan .... driver
Tim Schau .... driver: cast
Harry Victor Schultz .... driver: honeywagon
John Siedenburg .... transportation
Eric Solmonson .... transportation co-captain
Other crew
Bethany Andriuzzo .... first assistant accountant
Julie Bernards .... payroll accountant
John R. Blythe .... assistant production executive
Erik Bright .... publicist
Mark E. Brown .... production assistant (as Mark Brown)
Nick Chandler .... production assistant
Sarah Clifford .... animal supplier
Sarah Clifford .... dog trainer
Stephenson Crossley .... location manager
Ron J. DeGuzman .... production assistant
Ritchie Steven Filippi .... office production assistant
Robbie Friedmann .... location scout: Michigan
Suraj Gohill .... production financing
Trent Hara .... production supervisor
Jane Katherine-Watson .... assistant: producer
Eloy Lara .... key set medic
David B. Lyons .... location manager
Todd Manes .... set production assistant
Volney McFarlin .... assistant: Mr. Jackson
Matt Modica .... set production assistant
Sam Nainoa .... assistant location manager
Corinna Pieloch .... publicist
Sara Nicole Powell .... assistant production coordinator
Courtney Rabada .... assistant: producer
Regina Ramirez-Macdonald .... production assistant (as Regina Ramirez)
David Jedidiah Rose .... assistant: ms. moss
Kerry Russell .... assistant: Mr. Chubb
Annie Savage .... adr voice
Tracy Scott .... script supervisor
Shauna Soltani .... production assistant
Garrick Stoner .... cctv consultant
Dawn Terashima .... set production assistant
Anthony Truyoo .... production assistant
Whitney J. Willard .... production accountant
Vanessa Grayson .... stand-in (uncredited)
Kristi Lake .... thanks
Danny Mandel .... special production thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"4 Days" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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Rated R for strong bloody violence, torture and language
97 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Errors in geography: In Yusuf's video displaying the nuclear bombs, the radioactive material container has the word "Chernivtsi" written in Ukrainian language. Chernivtsi is a city in Ukraine, near border with Romania. Origin of bomb's radioactive material is supposed to be in Russia, making a clear geographical mistake, besides there is no nuclear power station or radioactive fuel process plant in Chernivtsi region.See more »
[first lines]
Steven Arthur Younger:[into video camera] My name is Steven Arthur Younger. I am an American citizen.
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11 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Controversial concept misses its chance to excel., 7 November 2011
Author: Dory_Darko from Netherlands

Unthinkable raises a question which has been an issue for many people all over the world for a very long time, and especially since 9/11. This question is, is it ever justifiable to torture an individual to save the lives of many? And if the answer is yes, how far can you go?

This issue is indeed a very sensitive subject and I think it takes guts for any filmmaker to put it out there in the open like Gregor Jordan did. Add to that the clever fact that he doesn't actually make a choice, but rather lets the audience decide on whatever they want to think and feel, and you have a pretty gutsy and controversial concept.

In a nutshell, this film is about a man of American descent who has become a Muslim and has now, as an act of terrorism, planted 3 nuclear bombs in 3 major American cities which will go off in four days. Screenwriter Peter Woodward made some very tactical decisions considering the characters in the story. They are all somewhat stereotypical, but this is no bother because they're all there for a reason. Carrie-Anne Moss, as an FBI investigator, represents the conscience, the sensitivity and the struggle to make the right decision. Samuel L. Jackson is her polar opposite; the brutal, rational, stone cold "interrogator" who does what he does because he's the only one who can and willing to do it. The means he is willing to go to in order to get his subject to talk are almost as unwatchable as they are unthinkable. This is quite possibly the most gruesome film I have ever seen, but that mostly has to do with the fact that the things you see are in fact very real. This stuff does happen, and it's way harder to stomach than any slasher horror movie because it sucks you in emotionally. Intelligence agencies and secret services the world over DO use these techniques, whether we like to believe it or not.

All of this sounds like a great opportunity to address a major issue and stimulate people to really think about it, doesn't it? One would like to think so, alas there is one big problem: bad writing. As hard as they try, the filmmakers do not, at any point, manage to evoke sympathy on either side of the fence. Not with the terrorist, for the complete lack of background and motivation, but neither with the people who try to stop him from executing his horrible plans that could claim the lives of millions of people. Especially Carrie-Anne Moss' character, Brody, is quite a pain in the butt because even though her struggle is understandable, quite simply because she's a decent human being, she comes off as kind of naive because she – from a professional point of view – is unwilling to sacrifice the life of one to save millions. Her constant interference gradually becomes increasingly annoying, up to the point that you just want her to get out of the way. However, Jackson's character H. turns out to be such a volatile psycho that you almost start to feel sorry for the terrorist! There is one scene in particular which throws you off so badly that you really don't know what to think anymore. I'll only say that it involves the terrorist's wife, and as much as I would like to warn you, I don't want to give any spoilers, but you can take it as a warning anyway... It'll make your skin crawl.

The rest of the characters are about as lively and relevant as cardboard-cut-outs, I've already forgotten about most of them, but they don't really matter to the story anyway. However, all of this could have still turned into a decent film, if it wasn't for one major flaw: the horrible ending. It's so incredibly hollow and unsatisfactory that it leaves you wondering why the hell you just spent an hour and a half watching a man being tortured, if there was absolutely no point to it?! It could have been worthwhile if only the filmmakers had any resolution to offer, but there is none. Why did the terrorist do what he did? We don't know. Did the agents accomplish anything? Not really. So what's the point? There is no point. It's just 90 minutes of torture, bad decisions and failure. That's it.

Overall, it's not all bad. There is some really good dialogue and despite aforementioned flaws and inconsistencies in the script, there are a few really good scenes which do involve one into the minds of the people on screen. The actors do the best they can with what they're given, Samuel L. Jackson is as reliable as ever and Carrie-Anne Moss is convincing in her role, which makes me sad to think that since The Matrix and Memento, she hasn't really had any memorable roles, and that's too bad because she is a good actress. Michael Sheen as the terrorist is good too, though it's hard for him to make his character a 3-dimensional human being because the writers offered him no history or character development whatsoever, but he definitely makes his character's "in-the-moment emotions" work from scene to scene.

So, final conclusion. I wouldn't really dissuade anyone from watching this film, you now know what to expect and it does offer some interesting food for thought here and there, but you should really understand that this film is pretty challenging, mentally as much as physically. And don't watch this if you're under 18. Seriously.

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