At the turn of the century, Russell Crowe was not only one of the most popular but also one of the most sought-after actors in Hollywood. With “Insider”, “Gladiator”, “A Beautiful Mind”, “Master & Commander” or “The Comeback” he had several films in the pipeline one after the other, which were not only celebrated by critics and the public, but always by themselves were allowed to calculate chances of one or the other Academy Award. Back then he even won the golden boy for “Gladiator”, while “only” remained with a nomination for “A Beautiful Mind”.
In the meantime, Russell Crowe has not disappeared from the scene, but he is also trying to realize himself in other areas, as the brute thriller “Unhinged” proves, in which Crowe gets completely out of control as an unleashed berserker. If you haven’t seen Derrick Borte’s film yet, you can now subscribe to Netflix. Of course, you shouldn’t expect great art, but if you’re in the mood for some furious genre fare that offers really good entertainment, you’re welcome to take a look here.
In the official DashFUN review, in which “Unhinged” received a solid 3 out of 5 possible points, our chief critic Christoph Petersen writes in his conclusion: “It doesn’t get any meaner than that! ‘Unhinged’ smashes into oncoming traffic at 200kph from a standing start – only picking up the pace and viciousness even more tautly as it progresses. If you get involved in the madness, you could almost overlook the fact that logic falls by the wayside at the very first intersection.“
Of course, you shouldn’t check “Unhinged” for its validity in terms of content, instead you should just let yourself be carried away, because this film knows no compromises and goes all out right from the start. This is also due to Russell Crowe, who in a sweaty shirt and a handsome body (a fat suit helped out here as well) would like to beat everything up and down. And it stays that way from start to finish, because:
“The violence is sudden, brutal, merciless – even against women and children. There’s not a shred of a clever cinematic monster like Hannibal Lecter, quite the opposite: it’s hard to imagine a more unpretentious, unflattering performance from an Oscar winner.” In any case, as a 200 percent full psycho, Crowe is a seething force – and reason enough to give yourself “Unhinged”. The outrageous story hardly bothers you, because after a crisp, short 78 minutes the credits roll anyway.
Rachel (Caren Pistorius) is running late when she bumps into a strange driver (Russell Crowe) at a stop light on her way to her son Kyle’s (Gabriel Bateman) school. Although his traffic light is green, he stoically ignores the signal. As she passes him, honking her horn, she becomes the target of an angry man who obviously has nothing left to lose.
The stranger wants to make one last mark on the world by teaching her a series of deadly lessons. What follows is a dangerous game of cat and mouse that proves you never know who you’re really driving next to…