Unhinged - Film Review
past tense: unhinged; past participle: unhinged
make (someone) mentally unbalanced.
"the loneliness had nearly unhinged her"
deprive of stability; throw into disorder.
"a chain of events unhinges the structure of his family"
Three things I learned early in my life to lead a better life – use PST liberally and without any hesitation or shame as the situation may be: Please, Sorry & Thank You. In many occasions, this has come in handy; in some it didn’t. After all, it requires a lot of grace to say these three words. And a lot more to accept them. Unhinged is all about one of these words. And how someone can bully another. Who bullied who? Later in this article.
Rachel, very well played by Caren Pistorius, a single mother (in the making) is a distressed person due to various reasons and lives with her son Kyle (Gabriel Bateman who is in real only 14 years younger to her). While she’s rushing to drop her son to the school as she over-slept, she gets in to an unwarranted verbal duel with another roadie (Russel Crowe) at a traffic signal. And his annoyance was because she blared the car horn and later, refused to seek an apology citing she was having a bad morning, already although he apologises to her for being a bit lost and for not moving. Her ex-husband was demanding the house they lived together as settlement, says her Counsellor & Divorce Lawyer, her mother who lives in an Adult Home is depressed, one of her main clients has fired her as her Beautician because she is eternally late every other time and her many other such miseries.
The Man, simply seeks an apology for her road rage which she refuses to. What follows on is a cat-and-mouse story which moves from the road to a fuel station to her house and finally he attempts to take revenge for her attitude by killing her and her son. Does he eventually kill them and walk away? What is 911 doing all along? Interesting screenplay and a good hunt.
What’s surprising is that such a movie featuring one of the most celebrated stars is so weak that the lady is just unable to drive into a Police station. The Man, who refers himself as Tom Cooper in one of the scenes is already a killer, at 4am the same day after he hits a couple with a hammer and sets their home on fire. Later in the script, he kills the Divorce Lawer Andy which is when the audience may expect that he too had a flashback involving his wife – since he removes off his wedding ring before committing such a heinous crime. Thankfully, there was no such flashback and the audience is left to their imagination.