Note: The film “Unhinged” will be available today on Caribbean Cinemas for showing. If you are interested in seeing it, please follow the precautionary measures, social distancing and always remember to wear your mask.
Unhinged is a 2020 psychological thriller that takes the concept of “road rage” to the next level. Rachel (Caren Pistorius) is running late getting to work when she crosses paths with a stranger (Russell Crowe) at a traffic light. Soon after, Rachel and everyone she loves is the target of a man who just had a bad day and wants to teach deadly lessons.
The movie starts off in a great way. In the opening scene, we have a small peek of Russell Crowe’s character and the essence of how the film is gonna be. Afterward, the sequence after that was a collection of road rage montages that threw me off because it felt a little forced.
During the second act, questions are starting to rise. Why is Russell Crowe’s character acting that way? What are his motives? and that’s where you start to realize the problems with the movie. Writing a film based on a single day can be tricky, but you gotta find a way to make the characters seem real. What drives them to act in a certain way? What does our main antagonist lack? By the end of the movie, we never get to know as to why he takes all his anger and frustration onto his victims.
On the other hand, the choices that each character makes are just plain odd and pointless. Why didn’t she go to the police station? The movie suffers as being very predictive and by the end of it, I lost interest.
Unhinged is the film that is gonna be remembered because of its peculiar circumstance; as the first movie that dropped on theaters during a worldwide pandemic. The movie seeks to strive on the social commentary route. To exploit human emotions in a non-compelling way and relying on shock value.