Welcome to another edition of the “The Valero Verdict” movie review. In this, I will give you a quick movie review with a couple of bullet points of which I either liked or disliked. I will end the review with a rating of the movie and short overall thoughts.
On the docket today, the brand new Russell Crowe led film, Unhinged.
After a confrontation with an unstable man at an intersection, a woman becomes the target of his rage.
The film opens with seeing ‘The Man’ (Crowe), walking into a house with a hammer and gas can and beat up and burn down the house of what we find out it is his ex-wife and her new husband. I loved how this was shot because we see the slow methodical pace of Crow, and it gives you the perfect idea of who we are dealing with as a person.
As we transition, we see this struggling with a divorced mom (Rachel), who is late taking her kid to school and getting to work as well. Since they are running behind, they are behind a truck (Crowe), and they are stopped at the light, and he isn’t moving, and Rachel decides to do what a lot of us do, and she honks the horn which sets us up for the rest of the movie.
The utilization of ‘The Man’ (Crowe) reminds you of what they do with Michael Myers. He has this zero sense of urgency, he doesn’t care who is watching, who is around, he is going to be this ruthless, careless asshole that does what he wants. Crowe kills these mannerisms and does this wonderful job of making you loathe the person he is.
Generally, films like this have some over the top unrealistic things that make you got ‘WELLLLL’ and this wasn’t anything different but you aren’t here for the Oscars, you are here for a fun popcorn flick which makes you care less about these certain things.
Otherwise, we close with some high action-packed car chases with some smart uses of technology from all parties. The attention of detail here is what makes this movie go from good to really good. You appreciate what Carl Ellsworth did in his writing and what Derrick Borte did with that writing because of these little things.
The happy like ending is something you expected and weren’t even mad that it transpired at all.
Unhinged isn’t perfect but that’s okay, it provides some solid action, good chase scenes and it’s a fun popcorn flick.
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