With cinemas starting to open back up after being closed due to the Covid
pandemic one of the most anticipated films in the first wave of releases
has to be Russell Crowe in the thriller “Unhinged”.
Unhinged begins with a man (Crowe) – he’s called the man in the press
releases so we’ll stick to that name - quite obviously having a bad day,
you know he’s having a bad day as we first see him downing some
prescription tablets then throwing his wedding ring into the back seat of
his car. He then exits his car and goes into a house where he bludgeons a
man and a women to death with a metal bar. Then, just to add some icing to
the cake, he torches the house with both occupants inside.
Meanwhile, after the carnage of the night before, the following morning
sees single parent and self-employed beautician Rachel, (Caren Pistorius)
trying to get her son Kyle (Gabriel Bateman) to school so that she can get
to her first appointment on time
Stuck in traffic on the freeway Rachel, after losing one of her biggest
customers due to her timekeeping, makes the fateful decision to head off
Unbeknown to Rachel, the morning news is breaking a story about the murder
of two individuals whose house was also torched. The prime suspect is the
female occupant’s ex-husband who, we’re informed, was sacked from his job
the day before and as a result has lost his pension. The media warn the
watching public that “the suspect is still at large and he’s not to be
Still stuck in traffic a flustered Rachel sounds her horn at a male driver
who cuts her up, unfortunately for her the driver happens to be the man and
now he is even more pissed off with life than he was the previous evening.
Asked by the man to apologise and after giving a half-hearted apology she’s
warned that her day is just about to get a lot worse, and boy is he right.
What follows is a brutal game of cat and mouse as the man stalks and
pursues Rachel through a maze of city streets leaving carnage and death in
Nothing about Unhinged is particularly subtle as for the 90 odd minutes of
its running time it moves from one violent scene to another.
Crowe, who’s not averse to playing a bad guy (Romper Stomper and 310 To
Yuma to name but two), is on the top of his game as he snarls and bludgeons
his way through everything and anyone he meets, “vengeance and retribution”
is what I’m after he tells one of his victims.
Unhinged is without doubt a mirror on modern society, the opening credits
are testimony to that as we see various footage of road rage incidents that
aren’t a million miles away from some of the scenes in Unhinged.
If, in perhaps your first trip to the cinema in months, you’re after some
escapist nonstop action Unhinged is certainly worth seeking out, just
remember, don’t sound your horn at anyone after you leave the cinema as you
never know who the other driver might be, it just might be the man.