23 February 2011

Movies: Unthinkable

Unthinkable http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0914863/

Psychological thriller from 2010. An ex army special-ops dude goes all radical Islam, hides 3 nuclear bombs in three cities somewhere in the U.S., releases a tape admitting that he did with a couple days left on the deadline.

While the FBI scampers to try to track down the suspect and identify the sites that show the device locations they get called to a secret location to find that the perp is already in custody and about to undergo interrogation.

Starts Samuel Jackson, Carrie-Anne Moss, Stephen Root, and a bunch of others you'll recognize.

Pretty darn good edge-of the seat thriller, with a bit of bloody torture extreme interrogation methods thrown in. Not for the squeamish in some scenes, so just nut up and watch through 'em.

Dunno why I never heard of this flick - I can't even find any record of it hitting theaters. I guess it went straight to video. I suppose the distribution decided the issues (torture, radical islamist, Samuel Jackson at his scary-quiet then turning on the loud-voiced-kick-your-ass badassness-best) was too "hot-button" to unleash on the public in theaters. Or something.

Judging by critical reviews, and the varying stances and complaints, I'm guessing this movie actually achieved its aims -- got 'em thinking and talking.

I liked it. Doubt everyone will.

(original post 4 Jan 2011)

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