Unhinged (2020)

An unknown man (Russell Crowe) is dealing with a tragedy in his personal life and is filled with nothing but hurt, pain, anger, and rage. On the flip side, we have Rachel (Caren Pistorius), a single mum currently dealing with a divorce. Rachel lives with her only son, her brother and her brother’s girlfriend. It is quite evident that when Rachel wakes up she is dealing with several complications and challenges in her life. But when Rachel forgets to set her alarm for work, she rushes out the door to take her son to school and is late for a crucial meeting, her lateness made worse by traffic. Her boss calls while she is on the way, firing Rachel on the spot. But things are about to get even worse for Rachel and her son.

While stopping at a set of traffic lights, the lights turn green, and Rachel notices the large car in front is not moving. Rachel beeps her horn several times only to discover the man behind the wheel is unimpressed with Rachel’s attitude. The strange man admits that he is going through a rough time in life and apologises to Rachel.

Frustrated, she does not want to hear anything that comes out of the stranger’s mouth, claiming what he did to her was still wrong. Now the strange man, or ‘The Man’, instantly has a change of heart and decides it’s time to show Rachel what it means to have a bad day. ‘The Man’ will now not only attempt to kill Rachel and her son but also destroy all the people she loves around her.

The biggest highlight and praise of this film is seeing Russell Crowe play this man full of rage. Russell Crowe, as an actor, has completely changed his body physically, becoming a large man willing to kill anyone who stands in his way. Crowe also adds a charming little accent to this character which comes across as consistently threatening, creepy and damaging whenever he speaks out loud.

Visually this film is also pleasing. Action scenes are excellent and shocking particularly when it comes to cars and vehicles smashing into each other on busy highways. To my surprise, Unhinged is also quite a brutal film, and some viewers may find some of the deaths or violence slightly disturbing.

As a plot, while it’s enjoyable for the most part, some elements are questionable. Characters choices are uncertain at times, but there are also some moments and outcomes that were predictable before they occurred. The introduction to ‘The Man’ is excellent, but his back story feels vague and incomplete. I would have preferred if the film had either kept him as a complete mystery with no back story or a character with more back story. The film also seems to aim at sending a positive message to its audience, but it never entirely practised what it was trying to preach.

Overall, Unhinged is quite a suspenseful film. Russell Crowe is undoubtedly a significant highlight playing a violent stranger who is so full of rage and hate that he will destroy anyone who crosses him. The film is also quite brutal with its violence, and this surprised me. Visual effects are praiseworthy with action sequences that are shocking and fun. Some plot elements may seem a little too far fetched to accept, and some editing choices relating to character developments are questionable. Nevertheless, I still had a great time watching this film and would proudly suggest movie lovers buckle up, drive safely to your nearest cinemas and check this one out.

6.3/10

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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Rannveig (Katla M. Þorgeirsdóttir) is exhausted, overdue for a holiday and completely worn out from many elements of her life in the present day. Some of these elements include dealing with her family, which consists of her husband and only daughter, her workplace at...

Hope (2019)

Set one day before Christmas Eve, the film introduces Anja (Andrea Bræin Hovig), who lives with her long term partner Tomas (Stellen Skarsgård). Anja and Tomas are a blended family with six children. A year ago, Anja had lung cancer which was caused by heavy smoking...

Nine Days (2020)

Set in a time and place that looks like the afterlife, Will (Winston Duke) spends his days viewing the many lives of people on Earth on a stack of old tube TVs. When one of the TVs loses signal, it's up to Will to seek someone to replace the person lost.  Will...

Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021)

The ultimate NBA Basketball player and superstar LeBron James struggles to connect with his son, who enjoys making and creating high-quality videogames. LeBron feels his son should receive the same upbringing as he did, telling him to spend more time focusing on other...

Black Widow (2021)

Set between Captain America: Civil War and Avengers Infinity War, Black Widow (2021) follows Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), who is currently on the run.  While she manages to find a place to stay low, she soon receives word of a situation related to her...

Son (2021)

Laura (Andi Matichak) is a single mother who works as a school teacher and lives with her one and only son, David (Luke David Blu). Life for the two of them seems well until Laura hears some strange noise coming from her son's bedroom in the middle of the night. ...

Occupation: Rainfall (2020)

Occupation: Rainfall (2020) - Movie Review 3rd July 2021 Written by Peter Walkden The sequel focuses on a returning group of survivors, who are all from Sydney. Continuing on from the previous instalment of Occupation (2018), the aliens that landed on Earth two years...

Perfumes (2019)

Guillaume (Grégory Montel) is down on luck in the present day. He is currently going through a divorce and attempting to gain shared custody of his ten-year-old daughter. Guillaume requires a larger place to live as his apartment is far too small for both him and his...

Vicious Fun (2020)

Vicious Fun (2020) - Movie Review 1st July 2021 Written by Peter Walkden Evan Marsh as Joel - Vicious Fun _ Photo Credit: Shudder Set in the 1980s, Joel (Even Marsh) is a film critic and magazine writer passionate about all relating to the genre of horror. But life...

Volition (2019)

Volition (2019) - Movie Review 1st July 2021 Written by Peter Walkden James (Adrian Glynn McMorrian) is gifted with a unique ability.  At any moment, James can receive a glimpse into his future before key events happen.  He is haunted by his past, which...

Little Joe (2019)

Alice (Emily Beecham) is a single mother working as a highly-skilled plant breeder in a corporation lab. Alice, along with her lab partner Chris (Ben Whishaw), is on the verge of a massive discovery that could not only change the future of plants but radically...

Slither (2006)

Slither (2006) - Movie Review 28th June 2021 Written by Peter Walkden The film begins with an asteroid flying straight to Earth.  After crashing into a small town, the asteroid opens to reveal an unusual amount of slime and pink goo inside.  We then get to...

Alfie (1966)

Alfie (1966) - Movie Review 26th June 2020 Written by Peter Walkden The film introduces us to Alfie (Michael Caine), a charming, smooth-talking ladies man. Alfie introduces himself by breaking the fourth wall, looking straight into the camera and talking to the...

Black Water (2007)

Black Water (2007) - Movie Review 23rd June 2021 Written by Peter Walkden Black Water begins with the introduction of Lee (Maeve Dermody), her older sister Grace (Diana Glenn) and her long-term boyfriend Adam (Andy Rodoreda). The three decide to take a holiday in...

The Giant Claw (1957)

The Giant Claw (1957) - Movie Review 23th June 2021 Written by Peter Walkden Mitch (Jeff Morrow) is a skilled pilot and an electronics engineer who likes to make his own rules. One day, while flying and conducting several routine checks, Mitch spots something in the...

Synchronic (2019)

Synchronic (2019) - Movie Review 23rd June 2021 Written by Peter Walkden Set in the city of New Orleans, the film introduces us to two paramedics who are also close friends. Steve (Anthony Mackie) & Dennis (James Dornan) are well known for working consistently,...

Buckley’s Chance (2021)

Ridley (Milan Burch) is dealing with the loss of his father, who died one year ago as a hero while saving three people. His mother, Gloria (Victoria Hill), decides to leave New York and move to Western Australia, where the two can start fresh and live with Ridley's...

Cranston Academy: Monster Zone (2020)

Danny (voiced by Jamie Bell) is a smart young boy and an inventor. When judges at a school competition ignore his latest stunning and brilliant nanobot invention, Danny is naturally disappointed. Soon he is approached by Miss Evans, the principal at Cranston Academy,...

Fast & Furious 9 (2021)

Continuing from where we last saw Dom and his crew from Fast of the Furious, Dom (Vin Diesel) and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), along with their son, live a quiet life far away from everything and everyone. But it is not long until Dom and Letty are visited by some old...

Then Came You (2020)

Then Came You (2020) - Movie Review 14th June 2021 Written by Peter Walkden Annabelle (Kathie Lee Gifford) is a widow. Sick of living alone and in the past, she decides to pack her bags and go on a trip unlike any she has taken before. She packs her husband's ashes in...

Superdeep (2020)

Superdeep (2020) - Movie Review 14th June 2021 Written by Peter Walkden Milena Radulovic as Anya -The Superdeep-Photo Credit:Shudder Anya (Milena Radulovic) is a scientist with a horrific past relating to the death of one of her close colleagues. One evening while...