For the past few years Aussie actor Russell Crowe has been quite selective about which films he appears in. What I mean is that he does not work as often as he used to. As a previous Oscar winner people want to see him on the screen. He has always been the type of actor who has a certain je ne sais quoi about him which draws your eyes to him. Now, of late, his films have been of the mixed bag variety. Some good, some bad. His films like Robin Hood and The Man with the Iron Fists were subpar while others like Les Miserables and The Nice Guys were quite good. So what was his latest Unhinged going to give us?
I would categorize the Derrick Borte (American Dreamer, London Town) helmed film as a COVID release. Not a “big” film in any way except that it stars Crowe. Unhinged is not a tentpole film, not one which was highly anticipated and the end result is so-so or not a great nor terrible film. It is somewhere in the middle in all respects.
A psychological thriller type film which attempts to keep you in a state of tension throughout. Russell Crowe is perfectly cast as he is an actor who definitely has intimidating and unstable in his wheelhouse. A guy who has ably done scary characters before.
Road rage. We have all heard about instances of it. Rather scary as it is something which you cannot predict and involves someone who has lost their mind with rage. As Rachel (Caren Pistorius – The Light Between Oceans, Mortal Engines) is late for work she is in a rush. In the midst of this rush she comes in contact with a man (Russell Crowe) at a traffic light.
Rachel goes on not realizing that she has lit a fuse. The man believes himself to be treated in life like he is invisible and not worth anything. This simple everyday occurence has set him off and now he is looking for revenge. Rachel and all her loved ones are his targets. He wants someone to pay.
The man is determined to make people take notice by making his mark in a big way. He will set about “teaching” Rachel and her family lessons.
Today with our new reality going out, especially for social or entertainment reasons, is seen as both a rarity and a bigger treat than before. So it better be worth it if you go out to see a movie.
A film which knows exactly what it is and what it is trying to accomplish. It wants your heart to race and make you uneasy wondering what is going to happen. Nothing really new or out of the ordinary here. It is just solid.
An interesting look at rage. Especially in the light of what we are going through right now. Could the new reality (COVID, isolation, death, Trump, racism, economic troubles, etc.) we find ourselves in equal more instances of people snapping due to the smallest of things? Maybe…just do not honk your horns people!