Unhinged (2020) Poster

(2020)

User Reviews

Review this title
1,517 Reviews
Sort by:
Filter by Rating:
7/10
Pretty good road rage thriller
Leofwine_draca4 October 2021
Warning: Spoilers
A solid enough road rage thriller, no great shakes and not up there with the true classics of the genre, but perfectly serviceable and watchable all the same. The main attraction here is big Russell Crowe playing against type as a demented killer who hooks on our (unfortunately bland) heroine to take out his frustrations. It's a short, to the point type of thriller with some surprisingly violence and shocks thrown into the mix, and a pretty good pace too.
1 out of 1 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote.
Permalink
6/10
some good car action
SnoopyStyle8 February 2021
Russell Crowe plays a crazed man over the edge. He gets into rage over a minor incident with motorist Rachel (Caren Pistorius) and her son Kyle (Gabriel Bateman).

It's another rage revenge flick. It has some tension but it should be more intense. It may be because Crowe starts the movie at eleven. He scowls his way through his crazy character from start to finish without much change. There is no build up in him. On the other hand, Rachel has a slightly off-putting quality and I don't like the son either. There is plenty of artificial intensity and some really good car action. It's great anytime to have real car crashes. It's a good simple plot until the last act. I don't like her solution. I don't like some of the staging. It turns into Home Alone when it should be a car crash. This movie needs to end with a spectacular car crash. Duh!
3 out of 4 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote.
Permalink
2/10
Unhinged
Prismark108 November 2020
Warning: Spoilers
Russell Crowe has let himself go in more ways than one. Porky and out of shape. Crowe's physique is long gone from the days of his Oscar winning turn in Gladiator.

This is a laughably bad, cheap B movie. Essentially an exploitation movie that strives to be more respectable Grindhouse as it has an Oscar winner in it.

Crowe is Tom Cooper, the unhinged man who has already killed his ex wife and her new partner when the movie begins.

When under pressure single mother Rachel (Caren Pistorius) is taking her son to school and is late due to traffic. Rachel clashes with Cooper when she repeated honks him when the traffic lights go green.

Cooper wants an apology and is upset when he does not receive a sincere one from Rachel. So he decides to stalk her and make her life hell by stealing her mobile phone and going after her friends and family.

The makers want to make a statement about the growing problems of road rage. This is really a tawdry violent thriller which insults the viewer's intelligence.

No one calls the cops. A man gets run over outside a petrol station and the cashier was aware that Rachel felt afraid. They would have CCTV footage of Cooper.

Rachel's friend a divorce lawyer is beaten up and later killed in a packed diner. No one rings the police while it was happening.

Rachel is chased all over the place, there are spectacular crashes but no police cars are about.

What really takes the biscuit. How far was her son's school. In the next city?
7 out of 13 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote.
Permalink
4/10
Say "You're sorry."
nogodnomasters3 September 2020
Warning: Spoilers
In the first scene we see a peeved Russell Crowe take a pick-axe to his ex-family and then set them on fire. He got the bad end of a divorce. The opening credits are filled with scenes of road rage. Wonder where this is going? We are introduced to Rachel (Caren Pistorius ) and her family. She is also going through a divorce. The two subplots meet on the street and Crowe over reacts to a woman blowing her horn while he naps at a green light.

I would have done the 911 call a lot sooner. Filmed in a city on I-95 that has a lot of traffic. Crowe gives his name as "Tom Cooper" who is an Australian-Dutch cricketer. Part of the film is a home break-in type (like you didn't expect that) and the rest is Caren Pistorius in a panic mode in her car. She couldn't carry the film. Can't Denise Richards or Jennifer Aniston play a mommy?

Guide: F-word. No sex or nudity.
4 out of 13 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote.
Permalink
8/10
Falling Down Duel
kosmasp14 August 2020
As you can probably see with my summary line, this is quite the downward spiral we are experiencing with Russel Crowe. Of course he is the villain in here and there is no doubt about that. First couple of minutes we see him do something so horrible, there would be no coming back from. Although we don't see things explicitly enough (something that will happen later on, if you are squeamish you've been warned) at the start, it is harrowing and quite crazy.

Russell Crowe cherishes in his role, but of course the main character has to have to hold her own against him and I would say she succeeds. Road rage is quite the insane thing, but it seems like people do tend to be on the edge and even more so with all the waiting on the road (too many cars and all that). Add to that family and job related stress ... you can understand if someone is not entirely friendly to say the least. That is for the main character, not for Russell Crowe. Nicely done even if still flawed when it comes to how things could have gone. More than decent enough, because the tension is held from start to finish
4 out of 13 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote.
Permalink
6/10
"You never know who you could be driving next to, right?"
classicsoncall31 January 2021
Warning: Spoilers
I once rode with my boss who had a ping-pong paddle that had the word - 'A--hole' spelled out with black electrical tape on it. You guessed it, he had it to flash at drivers who didn't respect the unwritten rules of the road. Nothing ever came of it that day, but in some prophetic manner, I had visions of a masochistic Russell Crowe in my head if push ever came to shove.

Anyway, "Unhinged" is a pretty good title for this picture. Not as if something like this could ever happen, right? I'd hedge my bets on that the way things are going, and as the film attempts to show with it's opening montage of life going awry in a variety of situations. Now while I think that mom Rachel (Caren Pistorius) could have been more considerate during her first encounter with 'the Man' (Crowe), once she failed at the courtesy tap business the die was cast with a lunatic behind the wheel of a vehicle from hell. Why Crowe's character was still at large after killing his family and setting his house on fire is something you'll just have to push aside for a moment to take in the story, but gee, that was already reported on the news, so where could the guy have been hiding out all that time?

Look, this story doesn't pass any kind of credibility test, but you can get some vicarious thrill out of Rachel and her son Kyle (Gabriel Bateman) delivering a large dose of street justice to the guy who felt he had nothing to lose by going on a hit and run rampage. Taking a page from little Ralphie Parker in "A Christmas Story", Rachel gives literal meaning to that story's catch phrase, 'you'll poke your eye out', but without the benefit of a Red Ryder B-B gun. You'll feel that last 'courtesy tap' with her foot well after the picture is over, and I wince just at the thought of it. As for Russell Crowe, it appears that he might become a contender for roles usually offered to John Goodman; it looks like he gets bigger with every movie he makes lately.
0 out of 0 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote.
Permalink
9/10
Duel meets Falling Down
searchanddestroy-18 April 2021
We could watch it as a kind of social film, a grade B thriller speaking of a severe social issue, involving the behavior or modern people, and drivers in particular. The audiences could easily identify themselves in any character of this film. It's not the same if it took place in the desert, where a suburban coupe for instance, was facing a psychopath in the middle of nowhere; a scheme already told a thousand times. Here, it is not question of desert but a modern city, its streets and freeways, its taffic jams and stressed drivers and other bystanders, the agressive, offensive mode of the modern way of life. It's short, sharp, terrific and exciting at the most. The best of the whole is of course Russ Crow's performance as the evil lead. A kind of TERMINATOR behind a wheel. If you want to purchase another thriller talking about nervous breakdowns, seek Joel Schumacher's FALLING DOWN, made.in 1993 and starring Michael Douglas, except that the Dougas character was more empathic than the Crow's one.
2 out of 4 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote.
Permalink
7/10
I'll never be sarcastic about Volvo drivers again...
CinemaSerf4 August 2020
I can only hope that Russell Crowe hasn't actually gone quite to seed to the extent depicted in this quite decent road-rage movie! When "Rachel" (Caren Pistorious) and her son "Kyle" (Gabriel Bateman) have rather an unpleasant encounter with him at a set of traffic lights on their morning school run, she just shrugs it off as the normal attitude of other road users... Only, well, Crowe - maybe called "Tom", but we never quite know - turns out to be a vengeful maniac who can bear a grudge and then some... The plot itself is pretty derivative and fairly far-fetched, but Derrick Borte does manage to successfully create and sustain quite a bit of suspense and tension as Crowe, himself on great form, proceeds to terrorise the woman and just about everybody she knows/cares about. Next time, just hold off on the horn snd smile!
2 out of 10 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote.
Permalink
8/10
Tap Your Horn, But Don't Blow It!!!
zardoz-1327 September 2020
Warning: Spoilers
When was the last time you honked at a motorist who ignored a green light at an intersection? The contemporary road rage thriller "Unhinged" shows what could happen if you honk at the wrong guy. Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe is the murderous motorist in "Unhinged" who sits through a green light while our impatient heroine hammers her horn three times. Mind you, Hollywood has made some better road rage movies than "Unhinged," but this gear-grinding demolition derby surpasses most with its spectacular stunts. In some respects, Crowe's "Unhinged" villain resembles the Michael Douglas character in "Falling Down" (1993). A defense industry engineer who had lost his job, Douglas behaved like a hero initially before he reverted to villainy. Comparably, Crowe is cast as a former executive who has suffered a similar fate. His company fired him in time to deny him his pension. Although the filmmakers generated some sympathy for Michael Douglas in "Falling Down," neither German-born director Derrick Borte nor "Disturbia" scenarist Carl Ellsworth show a shred of sympathy for Crowe's felon. As this exciting, 90-minute, R-rated, nail-biter unfolds, this paunchy maniac storms into his suburban home with an ax. He slays his ex-wife and her lover, and then incinerates the place. By the time he has settled behind the wheel of his massive 4 x 4 Ford pickup truck, flames have engulfed the residence. The attraction of his frightening film is the contagious aura of paranoia it induces. Road rage stories are a dime-a-dozen, and road rage villains often have short-tempered fuses and feel unfairly persecuted. The infantile-minded, gargantuan-sized Crowe confronts audiences with an ominous performance that fuels the hysteria in this testosterone-laced thriller and turns it into a gripping, white-knuckled experience. Caught between this lunatic and civilization is a susceptible, young single-mom Rachel (Caren Pistorius of "Mortal Engines"), whose back he could crack like a toothpick!

The morning begins badly for this divorced beautician because she has overslept. Desperate to compensate for lost time, she takes the freeway. While she is creeping through snail-like traffic, Rachel receives a phone cancellation from a client about a hairstyling appointment. Things turn truly ugly when Rachel swerves off the freeway for an off-ramp. At the intersection, she finds herself delayed by a gray Ford pickup. The negligent driver sits through a green light. Now, Rachel cannot get her son, Kyle (Gabriel Bateman of "Lights Out"), to school on time, and he dreads detention at the end of the day. Like any good movie, "Unhinged" suggests you tap lightly on your horn rather than lean on it like Rachel does. Unfortunately for her, the stalled driver is Tom Cooper, the maniac who slaughtered his ex-wife with an ax. Tom struggles to apologize and then encourages Rachel to apologize, too. She refuses, and he vows to make her day atrocious. Predictably, all Hades breaks loose! Tom tails her to a convenience store. While she is paying for gas inside, Tom swipes her smartphone from her car. When an innocent bystander intervenes on Rachel's behalf, Tom runs him down. This good Samaritan leaps atop the hood of Tom's Ford to avoid injury. The momentum topples him backwards into the street and into the path of an oncoming sedan. The motorist crashes into him and sends the good Samaritan cartwheeling. Once Tom has stolen her phone, Rachel finds herself at his mercy. Cheerfully, Tom empties her bank account via her banking app and sends it to her ex-hubby. Later, Tom keeps Rachel's appointment with her pro bono divorce lawyer, Andy (Jimmi Simpson of "Date Night"), at a nearby restaurant. Tom gets chummy with Andy before brutally shattering his nose with a ceramic coffee mug. Were this not enough, he stabs Andy in the nape of the neck with a butterknife! Customers in the restaurant record simultaneous videos of Tom's manifest indifference to life. Before Tom leaves Andy slumped dead in their booth, the entire city knows about this public menace. Eventually, our heroine flags down a cop on the highway. Tom rams him, spinning his police cruiser like a bottle into the path of a cement mixing truck. The cop is crushed to death! Earlier, Tom had visited Rachel's house, seized her brother's fiancée as a hostage and impaled her on a bread knife her pusillanimous brother, Freddy (Austin P. MacKenzie of "Speech & Debate"), had brandished in his own defense. Afterward, Tom duct tapes Freddy to a chair, douses him with lighter fluid, and ignites him as a Crescent City cop (Michael Papajohn of "American Ultra") barges through the door and shoots Tom in the shoulder. Of course, one itty bitty bullet serves only to deepen Tom's rage.

Watching "Unhinged" is like being taken for a ride. Most of the time the heroine and the villain careen through harrowing streams of traffic. The exception occurs when she eludes Tom long enough to vanish into the suburbs and launch an offensive. Suspensefully, the filmmakers spring surprises on you when you are least prepared. Caren Pistorius' Rachel makes a plausible damsel-in-distress who wrestles with tough choices and terrible consequences. She struggles to stay one jump ahead of her psychotic enemy. Naturally, Russell Crowe creates an unforgettable predator with his evil, pugnacious presence. He seems as invincible as the slashers in the horror chillers "Halloween" and "Friday the 13th." Part of the thrill of watching a flesh & blood, hyper-violent thriller like "Unhinged" is the drama remains strictly on a human level. You'll identify with Rachel soon after she tangles with Tom, and your abhorrence for Tom will grow exponentially with each subsequent encounter. Like a good boxing movie, you'll want to shout at the screen, spar with those shadows, and swear at the villain. For the record, the setting for "Unhinged" is New Orleans, but the filmmakers avoid the iconic French Quarter, so the scenery is comparatively anonymous. Altogether, "Unhinged" lives up to its title, and you may think twice about honking your horn in the future.
4 out of 12 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote.
Permalink
8/10
UNHINGED may be the most timely film of 2020 . . .
oscaralbert14 October 2020
Warning: Spoilers
. . . as its villain "The Man" blends elements of the Oval Office Super Spreader, his anti-American amoral Red Commie KGB boss in Moscow's Kremlin and the typical bearded self-appointed pale-faced militia bozo out to kidnap, torture and behead popular U.S. governors. The Man is a thin-skinned Neanderthal with a perpetual chip on his shoulder, out to burn down our American Homeland like a younger version of Mitch Gravedigger or El Graham Cracker. This crazed monster pick-up driving road hog literally totals 17 vehicles owned by other citizens, while causing 11 traffic fatalities. Though this American Carnage, coupled with the four people he savagely slaughters with various tools and kitchen utensils, may seem to pale in comparison to the 240,000 (under-counted) U.S. men, women and tykes painfully perishing under the Pariah Pachyderm Pandemic Party between March and November, 2020, at least "Rachel" shows viewers how to snuff out these super-spreading Flames of Hell Fire for our Ultimate Victory.
7 out of 20 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote.
Permalink
7/10
Careful who you honk
neil-4765 September 2020
Warning: Spoilers
Rachel is having a bad day, which is why she blats her horn at the zoned-out driver in front of her at a green light. Unfortunately, he's having an even worse day - we'e already seen him hammer 2 people to death and burn a house down round them. And so he decides to make Rachel's day worse, too.

This is what they call high concept ie. a dead simple idea. In this case a woman trying to escape from a murderous nutjob. As such, it works quite well. There are some "I wouldn't have done that" moments, but it's mostly a chase with interruptions for Russell Crowe as the nutjob (and looking like John Goodman) to be savagely violent. There are no huge surprises, and certainly no subtlety, but it's not bad if you're in the mood for some violent mindless action.
11 out of 23 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote.
Permalink
6/10
candy cane ... scissors
ferguson-625 August 2020
Greetings again from the darkness. A phone call from her divorce attorney awakens Rachel. She's already running late for work and for dropping her son Kyle at school. Her estranged husband is being ruthless in the negotiations, while her mother's health is deteriorating. Her hairdressing gig is falling apart, and the financial strain is becoming too much. Rachel is having what most of us would agree is a bad day. But when she lays on her horn at the truck in front of her at a signal light, the man confronts her. She refuses to apologize for not offering up "a courtesy tap", and the man's demeanor immediately shifts as he spouts, "I don't even think you really know what a bad day is."

Thanks to the prologue, we see the man in the truck (Russell Crowe) pop some pills, break into a house, severely beat a man, and proceed to set the house on fire. This is the man Rachel (Caren Pistorius) refuses to apologize to. Her morning has been hectic and stressful, but his has been disastrous. Her bad day is about to get much worse. Imagine if "Mayhem" from the Allstate commercials was in a bad mood and ready to seek vengeance. Crowe plays the menacing man in a menacing truck.

Director Derrick Borte (THE JONESES, 2009) and writer Carl Ellsworth (the underrated horror thriller RED EYE, 2005 and DISTURBIA, 2007) have created an extremely volatile dangerous cat and mouse between Rachel and The Man. As he proceeds to destroy those in her life, she fights to save her son by using her wits. During the film, we see some vicious acts of violence and some spectacular car crashes. There is also a lesson about cell phones - the remarkable handheld computers that we run our lives from - in a battle of convenience versus security risk.

Over the opening credits we see and hear a montage of road rage episodes of real people "losing it", and the corresponding commentary. It sets the stage, but not for what our initial impressions tell us. While a statement is made about de-funding or under-funding the police, the filmmakers avoid turning this into a giant political agenda. Instead, it's a good old fashioned manic-thriller in the vein of Spielberg's underrated DUEL (1971), THE HITCHER (1986), and FALLING DOWN (1993). Extreme stress can generate anger which results in a loss of control, and that's what we witness here in extreme form.

20 years ago Russell Crowe won the Oscar for GLADIATOR, and his bloated face and body are picture perfect for a man who has slipped over the edge. Two scenes allow him to flash some of that extraordinary talent: the initial interaction with Rachel and son Kyle (Gabriel Bateman), and then again in the diner with Rachel's attorney played by Jimmi Simpson ("Westworld"). Caren Pistorius holds her own as the frantic, perpetually late mother, but that's not surprising given her excellent work in the underrated SLOW WEST (2015). Keep Shelly in Athens offers up a nice remake of "Don't Fear the Reaper", as we are reminded to always keep an eye on your candy cane scissors.
0 out of 7 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote.
Permalink
7/10
Not bad, could of been better.
bombersflyup22 October 2020
Warning: Spoilers
Unhinged has a simple premise, but something everyone can relate to on some level, doesn't have to be traffic related.

Someone driving, constantly looking back and not paying attention to the road's uneasy to watch and makes me anxious and apprehensive. Making it hard to sympathize with Rachel already, then for her to react that way to a stranger in that situation's just asking for it. Your actions have "bloody" consequences. You have no idea what state that person's in. If they're unstable, you bite the bullet and avoid ever seeing them again. I do like her fight though. Crowe plays a top-notch villain, but him as the good guy makes for a better film. Though I'm still kinda on his side, heh. His characterization's also too "thin."
2 out of 4 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote.
Permalink
9/10
'I don't think you know what a bad day is! But you'll find out'
gradyharp23 November 2020
Though the public is eager for new cinema, silent during the lockdown due to coronavirus, this recent release, UNHINGED, is hardly the type of 'escape from reality' that most seek from the movies. With tension high and temperaments fragile, this story visualizes the extremes of hate and violence and rage and vengeance that are at the narrowing periphery of our view of the current world situation.

The story, by Carl Ellsworth, is directed with near intolerable propulsive energy by Derrick Borte and cast is excellent. The concept is that of the effect of rage on several characters. An anxious but thoughtless young mother, Rachel, (Caren Pistorius) is having a rough day as she drives her son Kyle (Gabriel Batemen) to school. As she hurriedly honks at a paused vehicle driven by an unstable man (Russell Crowe), she ignites the man's rage and from that point on the story is one of the man's vengeance to make her 'apologize' for her discourtesy - a diatribe that includes murdering and torturing Rachel's family ties and friends. The manner in which the gruesome chase ends is best left to each viewer to discover.

Russell Crowe invests his performance with venomous authority, both in physical girth and in manner of speaking. He epitomizes road rage and its consequences in a manner that make this well created film almost unbearable to watch. Given our current milieu this extreme form of response is all too credible - and perhaps the film serves as a warning of just how grim the uncontrolled anger can be!
2 out of 7 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote.
Permalink
7/10
Movie for todays times!
mm-393 May 2021
Warning: Spoilers
Was going to watch Unhinged at the movie theater but Covid made us watch on NetFlix. In fairness, Unhinged was meant for the big screen, and will effect the review. Unhinged is not a bad movie. Russel Crowe made a bad movie good! There are social messages without P C over preachy, push something that does not fit the story movie. Unhinged story is about over crowded cities, family break downs, electronic devices dehumanizes our lives creates a mix of a perfect rage character. Rage builds and builds which creates and is introduced with the Crowe character. Crowe is Unhinged rage! The flawed, protagonist is over stressed, and flighty. Her not thinking character's flaw/mistakes become, like in many horror movies, is the catalyst for Unhinged story. Instead of think first she just reacts with the wrong person. There is many clichés, for the genre. A full circle story hints for the ending. The sudden scare, and some over the top Unhinged moments. Red Eye and Cellar has a few better plot twists for the Genre, but Unhinged is still good. 6 or 7 stars.
1 out of 2 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote.
Permalink
6/10
Entertaining even if the script has a lot of issues due to bad decision making.
deloudelouvain11 November 2020
There are a lot of pros and cons about Unhinged. The pros would be the acting and the intensity of the story what makes it entertaining, but on the other hand the story is also one of the weaker points as there are so many bad decisions it just get a bit ridiculous after awhile. I'm not going to spoil anything about the story but you will find out for yourself that the bad decision making from the victim makes this movie just good enough for a one time watch, nothing more. Russell Crowe did a good job playing his character. I have a friend working in Hollywood that is in constant contact with the "stars" and one day I asked her would were the nice ones and who were the less pleasant ones to work with. Her immediate answer was Russell Crow as most unlikable actor she ever met, very full of himself, treating people like garbage. My point of writing this is to make it clear it couldn't have been that too difficult for him to play this character as that's what he is in real life. He basically had to play himself. The rest of the cast did a good job as well. Too bad the story had so many issues. I would rewatch Falling Down again if I wanted to watch a movie about somebody losing his cool. The idea is the same but Falling Down is just much better.
3 out of 5 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote.
Permalink
Somebody Needs a Hug
lavatch21 November 2020
Warning: Spoilers
Russell Crowe has to have created one of the most repellent characters in recent memory in this aptly titled film.

We never fully learn the motivation for the unnamed, pill-popping, obese rage-a-oholic for being so angry at the world. Clearly, the unhinged protagonist is there for a pretext for a non-stop action film.

On the receiving end of the man's rage is Rachel, who is also having a bad day. In her case, however, she stoically resolves to make the best of things and to attempt to fulfill her main task of getting her son Kyle to school and to meeting with her attorney friend.

The major shortcoming of the film is that it is far too unpleasant. At one moment, Rachel feels that she must exit the vehicle in order to vomit. That act was credibly motivated by the nauseating conduct of her nemesis.

The film was technically competent with the action-packed chase scenes, some of which recalled the techniques used in such classics as "The French Connection." However, the final effect of the film offered little in the way of redeeming values other than the momentary triumph of the human spirit over evil.
1 out of 5 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote.
Permalink
An outlandish and amusing start of the theater season.
jdesando24 August 2020
"I don't think you know what a bad day is! But you'll find out." The Man (Russell Crowe)

B movies like Unhinged rely on revenge regularly (recently Retaliation and previously Cape Fear), and the result is usually cheap thrills and over-the-top bad guys just waiting for the ineffectual middle-class professionals to get their revenge on the perps.

Unhinged's The Man is an obvious metaphor for the angry, disenfranchised, unemployed divorced weak man, whose anger comes out in road rage, in this case aimed at a young mom, Rachel (Caren Pistorious), who represents all the divorcees navigating kids and jobs without help. The action is tripped when she flips off the big guy (The Man), who is not moving at a green light. He promises her the bad day in the above quote.

The formulaic car chases ensue, well done as usual, with a scene in which The Man visits her lawyer waiting in a café. Shades of the verbal torture for which Hannibal Lecter was capable and a salutary way for director Derreck Borte to relieve the road tension. Similarly did a café in The Hitcher relieve and heighten tension in the same scene.

The Man starts off the film by burning a house with occupants, making this a bad day for him for sure.

Special notice should be given the use of mobile phone technology, ubiquitous nowadays in film but especially important for this plot. The phone allows bad guy to send harrowing images to families and track unwitting victims, and to be tracked himself. Unhinged gets the tech right, making it integral and a comment on the ambivalence of our inventions.

In the end this movie is laughably good, a faithful servant of the revenge genre while touching on contemporary issues that themselves torture modern harried young couples.

"Revenge is sweet and not fattening." Alfred Hitchcock

BTW-I saw this thriller in an AMC Dolby Theater. "B" movie that it is, technology makes it superior viewing for any movie.
2 out of 6 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote.
Permalink
6/10
Road rage journey and freeway terror at extreme wicked turns and dangerous stops!
blanbrn30 August 2020
"Unhinged" is one of those movies that as you watch you know is a little predictable with the story and plot as you know where it's going. As the theme is terror driven with a mean character who in the end will be stopped and meet bad means. The road rage issue is so relatable in today's time that it makes this film a watch. Story is pretty simple and straight as Rachel a single divorced cash strapped high mileage car driving mom meets bad news at an intersection. As a man in a pick up truck(played in a crazy stand up way from Russell Crowe) is not the one to pass or travel around. The movie then turns into a terror chase of scary high drama action of escape and murder. Really one could say this film is a psycho type thriller. Still it's a good against evil film as being in your right mind you want the good to prevail and escape. Take the movie for what it is nothing great still it entertains with drama and fear like scenes as it's a watch for the terror and action it shows in a face paced road journey like way.
1 out of 7 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote.
Permalink
1/10
well that was amusing
FeastMode30 May 2021
I'm still laughing as i write this. Lmao. This movie was too funny. I laughed so loud so many times. It's so stupid on so many levels. Not just frequent dumb occurrences, but layers of stupidity.

To be clear, i had a great time with this movie. I never felt bored or wondered why i was watching it. It was fast-paced and extremely entertaining, just not for any intended reasons.

The basic premise seems like it could be entertaining, but it was executed so poorly. Filled with the most ridiculous plot conveniences (repeatedly) and horrendous character decisions (repeatedly). The entire movie hinges on a car window failing to work at the exact needed moment rofl.

Continuity errors so obvious that even i notice them. There was a scene of him swerving to get past a van, but the van was completely stopped in the middle of the bridge with no other cars around. I couldn't believe it, had to replay it to confirm. Did they really think no one would notice? There are too many things to list

There were a few legitimately cool moments and a couple of clever parts, but the rest was so laughable that i couldn't give it a 2 star rating. Especially after the movie ended with one of the cheesiest call-back lines in movie history (1 viewing, 5/29/2021)
2 out of 3 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote.
Permalink
4/10
'Real time' thriller that sadly veers off course
wellthatswhatithinkanyway30 November 2020
STAR RATING: ***** Saturday Night **** Friday Night *** Friday Morning ** Sunday Night * Monday Morning

Rachel (Caren Pistorius) has to get to her job on time, as well as dropping her son Kyle (Gabriel Bateman) off at school. Unfortunately, she has to contend with the unrelenting gridlock on the freeway, leading to her getting fired over the phone. She vents her frustration on a motorist (Russell Crowe) sat in the car in front of her, who appears to be dawdling at a green light, with a loud blast of her horn, plunging herself and her son and various other people she cares about in to a nightmarish battle for survival at the hands of a deranged madman.

After a six month hiatus of visiting the cinema, following the outbreak of the global Covid-19 pandemic, which lead to them all closing down, heading out to see Unhinged in itself felt quite wonderful, even if actually watching the film didn't leave me feeling quite this way. A new variation on the 'real time' thriller, with events playing out exactly as they're happening, it starts well, with the opening credits playing over some real life footage of people losing their rag in a more aggressive modern world, and the build up to the showdown with the madman is effectively done, but sadly it goes downhill from there.

The concept and formula is similar to Steven Spielberg's 1971 TV debut Duel, but while the remote outback setting worked in that film's favour, the built up urban environment director Derrick Borte's film is set in leads to Crowe's increasingly reckless displays of public psychopathy becoming hard to keep a straight face to, especially for a man not so clearly on a suicide mission. It all feels too ridiculous for any genuine tension to get established, and by the end it's descended in to some lame straight to DVD action film.

Crowe, sporting quite a considerable paunch, is still highly effective in scary, intense roles like this, but despite a promising opening, by the end it's sadly veered tremendously, horribly off course. A shame. **
2 out of 4 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote.
Permalink
7/10
Blast
ThomasDrufke13 January 2021
Being one of the only movies I was able to catch while theaters were still open, Unhinged felt like a throwback to 90's action thrillers. A wild ride with brutal action and a brilliant turn from Russell Crowe as the unhinged "man", I had a blast with this film and thought Caren Pistorius gave a star making performance as well. What could be described as a "guilty-pleasure" movie, Unhinged is absolutely worth it.

7.7/10
2 out of 3 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote.
Permalink
5/10
What a Wonderfully Stupid Movie
Cineanalyst4 April 2021
"Unhinged" is such a bad action movie that it's quite enjoyable. From the get-go, there's an awful montage of real news and video clippings that give the sense of road rage as some kind of epidemic, as though this were the beginning of some zombie or alien virus flick and demonstrating inept timing given that the movie was released theatrically during a real pandemic (indeed, the first such wide release). Then, there's Russell Crowe, or as the advertisements for the picture make a point of, Academy Award winner Russell Crowe. Not that I follow his career particularly closely, but I haven't seen him this alive in years, and he mostly just sits in a truck looking mean. There's just something very convincing about him as a guy with a violent temper.

While that sort of star persona reflexivity couldn't save such an otherwise garbage production as "The Mummy" (2017), brilliant casting though it was to have Crowe play Jekyll and Hyde, it's right at home in "Unhinged." Everything about it is satisfyingly super obvious and thankfully taut. The divorce, the firing, the grandmother being put in a home, the car being a jalopy, and the Fortnite strategy all come into play later. There's even Chekhov's candy cane scissors. Psycho misogynist versus strong independent woman and motherly protector (as played by an also capable Caren Pistorius). Phone conversations and technology are well integrated. Of course, there are eye-rolling rejoinders during the violent action, too.

It's b-movie trash with an Oscar-winning star in the driver's seat. What's not to like? I think these kind of movies sometimes get a bad rap as "mindless" entertainment, but I think it can be a relatively mentally engaging experience. Nothing especially sophisticated mind you, but "Unhinged" adheres to the rules of the road of genre conventions so smoothly that one familiar with the formula can see plot turns coming a mile away. I almost felt like I was writing it myself while watching it, it's so blatant. There are no surprises here, no pretensions to something more, no half-hearted character study, no actual social commentary despite the fraudulent opening montage. I appreciate that--just a well-made bad movie to the point that it's kind of good.
2 out of 3 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote.
Permalink
4/10
4
Edvis-19977 February 2021
Warning: Spoilers
It was even worse than average. It had so may cons... First of all, it wasn't realistic at all. You can't just kill people, drive as you want and there won't be cops under you, come on. Another bad thing is visuals... well,when you see "horror or action" movie and some scenes look as fake as WWE RAW you know something is wrong with that. There are many plot holes. We still don't know why he killed those people at the beginning, who they were, what happened in his life that he is so "unhinged". Ending was bad. Cops can't chase him, no one can find him and mom kills guy with scissors... That's HUGE No from me, I would never recommend to spend your time watching this film.
2 out of 4 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote.
Permalink
3/10
Decisions
westsideschl15 December 2020
Yes, we see on the news, infrequently, rage for whatever reason leading to someone going on a killing rampage. The problem is that this script/movie does what many do which shows a character (unfortunately usually female) unrealistically making no or poor decisions in order to make 90 min. of film violence. Near the beginning our lead character is being followed & harassed and she stops at a gas/market station where the attendant is told of potential danger from the driver of the vehicle now also parked in front. The pursuer even tries to run over a man at the station. Neither the attendant nor our pursued female seem to have called the police; there's no indication of store security cameras being used along with traffic video. At that point I'm thinking it's a not too real made-up script.
3 out of 5 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote.
Permalink
An error has occured. Please try again.

See also

Awards | FAQ | User Ratings | External Reviews | Metacritic Reviews


Recently Viewed