Thursday, 3 June 2010

Unthinkable – A Movie Review

I recently saw the movie ‘Unthinkable’, a political thriller starring Samuel L. Jackson and Carrie Ann Moss (Matrix), playing as black ops interrogator and FBI agent from counter terrorist unit respectively. I was quite intrigued by the story and in some places it even reminded me of  the TV series ‘24’ of which I am a huge fan.

Though it is not a typical ‘Hollywood’ film, it does leave you with a lot of questions in your mind. The main questions being ‘How far are you willing to go when its a question of saving thousands of lives?’, ‘Are you willing to allow ‘human rights violations’ when it comes to saving many lives?’. 

The film is gripping and all the lead actors have given superb performances with Samuel L. Jackson as the bad cop  ‘H’. He has played the role of a menacing and ruthless interrogator with aplomb. To counter balance him, Carrie Ann Moss plays the good cop as Agent Brody, a sensitive yet strong woman. ‘H’ is brought in when ‘Younger’ aka ‘Yusuf’, an American Citizen is nabbed by the authorities after he has threatened to blow up three American cities with nuclear bombs. The bombs are set to blow within 3 days. Younger willingly lets himself get arrested so as to face the enemy knowing fully well what he will have to endure.

Younger is systematically tortured so as to break him down into giving up the locations of the bombs. Agent Brody and many others in the team are shook up by the torture tactics used by ‘H’. They try to stop the entire process but in the end relent to it, to find the Bombs.

Though the story is good, the writer could have given us a glimpse into ‘Younger’s’ past, there was no background about his life to explains his actions. Also, he is willing to take thousands of lives but when it comes to his children’s lives, he caves in and reveals the locations. If he has made a plan to blow nuclear bombs, how could he have forgotten to safeguard his children and let the authorities use them as a leverage? This is where I felt the story was weak.

Many scenes in the movie can make you flinch and gasp due to the rawness and brutality of the torture scenes. Though it is nowhere close to gore movies like ‘Saw’ or ‘Hostel’, the scenes are not for the faint hearted.

The movie is fast paced and has excellent dialogues and twists, which keep you wondering, what next?  It makes you take a long hard look at our values and whether they will withstand, in times of intense pressure. How far are we willing to go under the guise of self preservation and are we ready to justify the torture of a fellow human being when the stakes are high?

The movie cannot be called enjoyable in the traditional sense but is definitely hard-hitting, memorable and impactful. 
Would give it a 3.5 out of 5.

35 comments:

  1. This is yet to be released here, but will keep a look out for it.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Sounds interesting! Will check it out!
    How far would you go to save the lives of thousands?...Well, that's a tough one and only tough can do it!!

    ReplyDelete
  3. thanks for such a detailed review..shall put in down on my list..

    ReplyDelete
  4. hmmm this one sounds good.........though there have been many movies like this....when i was reading i was thinking of DIE HARD 4...... kind of story....full of action...........

    well, i think i can see this movie for Samuel Jackson.....

    ReplyDelete
  5. Hey LP.saw dis one but in bits n pieces .so can't give a very fair review .n thanks very much for ur comment on my post .getting a positive comment from u is like rapunzel telling me I had good hair ...hehe ..ok I know dat was a cheesy example.jus subscribed to ur blog last week.keep d gud articles coming..:)

    ReplyDelete
  6. Nice review-I will see it,one of these days..:)(Even though it's not a comedy...hahaha)

    ReplyDelete
  7. Thanks for the review...I can think of several movies like this where you are undecided in the end...on whether it was good or average or bad and you actually don't know what to say. You often feel that 'yaar ye ek cheez kar di hoti to the movie could have been much better"

    ReplyDelete
  8. Nice tricky question that..."Are you willing to allow ‘human rights violations’ when it comes to saving many lives?"...

    I a not a big movie buff so cant say more :)

    ReplyDelete
  9. Your blog is cool. To gain more visitors to your blog submit your posts at indli.com

    ReplyDelete
  10. sounds interesting
    thanks for review

    ReplyDelete
  11. Big Fan of SLJ.... will have to watch this one ... thanks for the review. Sounds like one of those must see movies.

    ReplyDelete
  12. sound thrilling, very my type of movie.. thanks.
    but its not yet released here..

    ReplyDelete
  13. Wow. I will add it to my list of "Movies to Watch". BTW, this is a nice review. Smiles:)

    ReplyDelete
  14. Nice review... I realised with shock that I enjoy serious movies these days, so I will keep a watch on this movie :-0

    ReplyDelete
  15. Hmmmm seems like a little weak story but then since you mentioned it is hard-hitting and intense, will watch it. (Anyways I am battle hardened having watched all idiotic bolly movies :P )

    ReplyDelete
  16. I saw it. It is has to be the best movie I've seen in awhile. And oh yea, to the critic- there was some background info given about the terrorist. He was trying to safeguard his family, but remember they were denied visas and couldn't leave the country. That is why he caved. And he only gave the answer because he knew that the bombs were in places where the kids wouldn't be harmed. (don't want to tell the whole movie and ruin it for everyone)

    ReplyDelete
  17. do not watch if you want to have pleasant night.

    ReplyDelete
  18. this movie reveal the ugly face of americans .. how far would you go to save you .. but u kill tens of muslims everyday !!!

    ReplyDelete
  19. I saw the movie. I think the hidden message is "justifying torture".

    ReplyDelete
  20. Just saw this movie on TV. While there are definite plot holes, the movie itself was fun to watch. There is no moral high ground when it comes to torturing terrorists, just winners and losers like "H"says. Movie could have ended with Agent Brody leading the kids outside, and then witnessing the fourth nuclear bomb explode in the distance.

    ReplyDelete
  21. Yes the movie is mesmerising. It is like a horror movie where we are scared but also want to see the movie.

    ReplyDelete
  22. I dont know if the movie attempts to deal with "American values" or universal values. If it is about American values then the message is quite an authoritative bullshit , if it is about latter then lot more important questions need to be answered first !

    ReplyDelete
  23. Fabulous post, you have denoted out some fantastic points, I likewise think this s a very wonderful website. I will visit again for more quality contents and also, recommend this site to all. Thanks. เว็บหนังใหม่

    ReplyDelete
  24. Motion pictures are brilliant leisure activity. Motion pictures are delighted in by individuals around the globe. There are a huge number of films made every year, and a large number of motion picture fans.Jamtara Netflix Review

    ReplyDelete
  25. Wow, What a Excellent post. I really found this to much informatics. It is what i was searching for.I would like to suggest you that please keep sharing such type of info.Thanks MovieMad

    ReplyDelete
  26. Wow, excellent post. I'd like to draft like this too - taking time and real hard work to make a great article. This post has encouraged me to write some posts that I am going to write soon. free movie streaming

    ReplyDelete
  27. I think this is one of the most significant information for me. And i’m glad reading your article. But should remark on some general things, The web site style is perfect, the articles is really great : D. Good job, cheers jalshamoviez

    ReplyDelete
  28. It was wondering if I could use this write-up on my other website, I will link it back to your website though.Great Thanks. rdxhd

    ReplyDelete
  29. you are in reality a good webmaster. The website loading pace is incredible. It sort of feels that you’re doing any distinctive trick. Furthermore, The contents are masterwork. you’ve performed a wonderful activity on this subject! putlocker

    ReplyDelete
  30. An impressive share, I just now with all this onto a colleague who was conducting a small analysis within this. And hubby in truth bought me breakfast simply because I uncovered it for him.. smile. So let me reword that: Thnx with the treat! But yeah Thnkx for spending plenty of time to debate this, I’m strongly regarding this and really like reading on this topic. If possible, as you become expertise, do you mind updating your site with a lot more details? It is highly of great help for me. Big thumb up just for this text! watch hd movie online freemovie7

    ReplyDelete
  31. I wanted to thank you for this great read!! I definitely enjoying every little bit of it I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post. https://fcine.tv/serien1

    ReplyDelete
  32. Covid-19 ไวรัสที่กำลังระบาดและแพร่เชื้อได้อย่างรวดเร็วในตอนนี้ สภาวะของโลกกำลังตกอยู่ในอันตรายเพราะมีการแพร่เชื้อจากคนสู่คนได้อย่างรวดเร็ว วิธีป้องกันไวรัสโคดรน่าหรือชื่อเรียกอย่างเป็นทางการว่า Covid-19 โดยการไช้หน้ากากอนามัยเมื่อออกไปในที่สาธารณะหรือที่ที่มีผู้คนเป็นจำนวนมาก ควรใช้เจลล้างมือบ่อยๆ หรือถ้าจะให้ดีต้องนั่งดู แทงบอล

    ReplyDelete
  33. ดูหนังใหม่2020 เว็บดูหนังออนไลน์ที่ดีที่สุด ดูหนังออนไลน์ชัด
    ดูหนังออนไลน์
    ดูหนังออนไลน์ ชัด

    ReplyDelete

Featured Post

Life's Lessons

I have been missing from this space for nearly a year and a half, but hey! what to do, I was out living my life and learning valuable les...