Unhinged (2020) A Review

This is a tense and nail biting ride from beginning to end.  For my first new cinematic release since March, this was a great place to start.

Certificate: 15

Director: Derrick Borte

Screenwriter: Carl Ellsworth

Starring: Russell Crowe, Jimmi Simpson, Caren Pistorius

Genre: Thriller

Runtime: 90 Minutes

Rating: 4 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

Rachel is having a really bad day.  She was woken up late by her divorce lawyer, telling her her ex-husband wants to take the house from her.  Her son is going to get detention if she drops him off to school late one more time.  And her top client at work fires her via phone.  So when the truck in front of her doesn’t pull away in time at a green light she loses her patience, gives a few long punches on her car horn and pulls in front of him.  Big Mistake.  The man behind the wheel of the truck pulls along side her later and demands an apology, when he does get it, he promises he is going to get revenge.  And this sets in motion a incredibly tense and bloody murder spree.

I am going to avoid making any jokes about Russel Crowe playing a sweaty ball of barely contained rage.  I think they kind of write themselves at this point, all I will say is that he played this part excellently.  He really went full hog with the menace and psychopathy.  I wish we had more of a backstory of his character, what made him this way?  Why is he constantly popping those pills?  But I guess the unknown is part of what makes him so scary, he doesn’t have a motive, just a lot of pent up rage.

A film with a premise as basic as this has no business being as good as it was.  The vast majority of the action, apart from a small section that takes place in a diner, and the final showdown in the house at the end, takes place in the interior of the cars.  No fancy scene setting, no big CGI effects.  Crowe and Pistorius have to bring their A-Game with the barest minimum of staging, and they both do a truly fantastic job.

The opening credits do a fantastic job of setting the scene, with real life footage of road rage incidents and acts of senseless violence, all set over the top of a really intense score.  Tat score goes a long way to setting the mood for the film, barely letting up at any point, that music keeps the audience on the edge of it’s seat for the whole film.  I was a bag of nerves the whole time.

This is one of the handful of new releases that are currently available in the UK for cinema audiences, it may not be the big summer blockbuster that we were hoping for, but in my opinion is well worth going to see if you feel safe doing so.

Be safe, Be sensible, Wear your mask and enjoy ‘Unhinged’ In UK cinemas now!

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