Unhinged (2020) Movie Review

Unhinged (2020) - Movie Review - Quick Movie Reviews by Haris

Academy award winning actor Russell Crowe in an action-packed psychological road rage thriller, based on something everybody has experienced by now. When an everyday argument between two traffic participants escalates, the fight for life becomes merciless and unpredictable. An everyday commute to work turns into a living nightmare for Rachel when she runs into The Man who is stalled at a green light in rush hour traffic. She lays on her horn before she drives away in front of him, but, things escalate when she refuses to apologise to him later on in the movie. She was just at the wrong place at a wrong time. The Man is disappointed with his life, mentally unstable and violent, so he decides on revenge by following her around the city in an attempt to kill her and everybody she cares about. This road rage x 100!

Let me just get the positives out of the way! Russell Crowe is by far the best part of this movie. He is really having so much fun with this role. His character is an unstoppable force in this movie, he will kill people publicly along the way and just walk away because he doesn’t care if he dies. He says he doesn’t mind if he gets killed by the police in the end. Rachel (Caren Pistorius) is also good in the movie, though, her character was a little uninteresting to me. I would have been impressed/uneasy with the many kills in this movie if only I missed the trailers for this movie.

Now onto the issues with this movie… There’s a dialogue about a Fortnite strategy between Rachel and her son Kyle (Gabriel Bateman) at the beginning of the movie and I thought, wow, not only are they using pop culture references in this movie, which usually age pretty badly, but, they’re also hinting about how the movie is going to end, and, sure enough, that’s exactly how it happened. The first 40-45 minutes of the movie were really good. But then in the second half of the movie it was just mindless, road rage action which, I didn’t mind. It was very entertaining. I have ran out of pop corn very fast. I also liked that the movie ended as a home invasion thriller. What I didn’t like was that characters made stupid decisions and the overused dialogue which made my eyes roll so many times and a fight scene that almost made me sick because of the way it was so poorly filmed. You couldn’t tell what was going on.

The first half of the movie was really good, the road rage scenes were very thrilling, I was impressed with the kills and there was a couple of good ideas in the second half of this movie, but, they were just poorly executed. I just wished the second half of this movie could have been a lot better. I’m going to give this movie 7/10*.

Director: Derrick Borte
Written by: Carl Ellsworth
Starring: Russell Crowe, Caren Pistorius, Gabriel Bateman
Runtime: 90 minutes