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Tuesday, December 22, 2020 - 10:18
Unhinged Punk Rock Theory
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Google unhinged and you are likely to find a bunch of news referencing Trump, but under the category ‘People also ask’ I came across the question ‘is Unhinged worth watching?’ Well, that largely depends on whether or not you like trashy B-movies. Which is exactly what Unhinged is.

A bulked-up Russell Crowe takes road rage to a whole new level after single mom Rachel (Caren Pistorius) pisses him off by honking her horn when he’s not moving at a green light. Something she probably would have thought twice about if she had known that ‘The Man’ (Crowe’s character) previously killed his ex and her new love with an axe before burning down the whole place. 

Yes, The Man is having a particularly bad day after having been fired just before his pension kicked in, being left by his wife and treated as invisible by society as a whole. In that regard, 

Unhinged takes some cues from Joel Schumacher’s 1993 movie Falling Down as it deals with a normal guy who simply snaps one day. But contrary to Michael Douglas’ character, The Man (seriously, they couldn’t just give him a name?) takes his pent-up frustrations out on anyone who ‘wrongs’ him, including Rachel’s friends and family.

There are a whole lot of improbabilities going on in the script by Carl Ellsworth (Disturbia, The Last House on the Left remake) and more than once you will want to scream at the screen when Pistorius’ character makes another bonehead move. But if you manage to move past that, director Derrick Borte will have no problem keeping your eyes focused on the screen as he ratchets up the tension. Sure, it’s no Duel or even a Changing Lanes, but as far as trashy, pulpy flicks go, you could do a lot worse.