Movie Review: Unthinkable (2010)

Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Carrie-Anne Moss, Michael Sheen, Stephen Root, Brandon Routh, Martin Donovan, Gil Bellows
Writers: Peter Woodward
Director: Gregor Jordan
Running Time: 97 minutes
Rated R for strong bloody violence, torture and language.
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What would you be willing to do to save the lives of millions of people? Samuel L. Jackson knows his limits as H in the film Unthinkable. They are a lot farther than most people would dream of going or are they? What would you do if you knew that there were three nuclear bombs placed in three different cities that were set to explode in less than a week? Oh I forgot to mention that you have the culprit in your capture and are ready to interrogate them. Think to yourself what would you be able to do.
This film is very suspenseful and puts the audience in the room and allows them to see things that the government would not want to acknowledge actually takes place. Unthinkable is just that, it opens up a world where people are forced to do unthinkable things to protect our way of life.
This movie is decent and well worth the $1 rental fee from Redbox. I am one of the few people that has never seen Jack Bauer work his magic in 24 but I have to think that he might be best buds with someone like H, a black ops interrogator that is able to do the things that most of us would never dream of doing. Samuel L. Jackson is great in this film. Michael Sheen is believable as the bad guy because he has a wonderful range as an actor. I mean who else could pull off playing Tony Blair, David Frost and one of the Volturi from the Twilight series? It was nice to see Carrie-Anne Moss playing a character that does not require her to wear vinyl pants, even though I did not mind that one bit. She is tough as FBI agent Brody in this film and is a good compliment to the intense Jackson.
This movie has a lot of great character actors that look as though they stopped filming some procedural television drama and then came to the set of Unthinkable. I am glad that Brandon Routh has found other work as an actor after Superman as well. Stephen Root is great as a CIA stooge who is heartless in the film.
There is not much to this film. That is actually what I like. A lot of the film plays out in one location and with the same people present. The production value of the film is not that high but that is just fine with me because we are then pushed to focus on great characters and strong scripting. I love the way that Brody and H play off of one another and Sheen’s character in the film and I think you will too.

The Bottom Line:
If you just cant get enough of dramas that are intense and suspenseful than this should be one of the next films you rent from Redbox or Netflix. If you love shows that involve interrogation and military related themes than this is also a good choice for you. Even though I am not a huge fan of shows like that I really enjoyed it and would recommend this for viewing. It is not something you want to watch with the kids home because it is very graphic.

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