Unthinkable 2010

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(87) IMDb 7.1/10
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Somewhere in the US three nuclear bombs are about to detonate. There are only two days to find them and only one man knows where they are. FBI agent Brody must make the terrorist talk with the assistance of H, a black-ops interrogator.

Starring:
Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Sheen
Runtime:
1 hour 37 minutes

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Unthinkable

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller, Action & Adventure, Crime
Director Gregor Jordan
Starring Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Sheen
Supporting actors Brandon Routh, Carrie-Anne Moss, Stephen Root, Gil Bellows, Martin Donovan, Yara Shahidi, Sasha Roiz, Vincent Larescal
Studio Entertainment One
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By B. Knapp on 4 April 2014
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I was blown away by who gripping and intelligent this film was.
The ethical questions and the to-ing and fro-ing of the morality were awesome and both not pushed into your face, yet there for all to pick out.
It was like several episodes of 24 all rolled into one, and what a great ending, accelerating to awesomeness.
I thoroughly recommend this to anyone - but not too close to bedtime
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Aug 2014
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'Samuel .L Jackson' and 'Martin Sheen' both bring outstanding performances to the screen in this 'brutal' yet 'brilliant' movie.
A former U.S. nuclear expert turns terrorist as he claims to have planted three nuclear bombs in three major U.S cities, all set to explode in a few days time.
F.B.I agent 'Helen Brody' (Carrie-Anne Moss) is set the task of finding the suspect, however it seems that the terrorist is allready in custody to enable his demands to be heard.
'H' ( Jackson ) is a specialist iin extracting the truth from prisoners, he has his own way of doing things.
'H' asks for 'Brody' to be his assistant for the interegation, seeing the lengths 'H' is prepared to go makes her a reluctant partner, perhaps the voice of reason ammist the violence 'H' inflicts, however time is running out, just what deapths will 'H' sink to in his effort to find the bombs ? ----perhaps----unthinkable.
this is a really clever and tense plot that will draw you in astime runs out.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By treenybobs on 21 Mar 2013
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this film will make you question the whole torturing terrorists thing.....thrilling ,tense,edge of your seat stuff.Acting and direction brill.....loved this hard hitting film!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Ferguson on 6 Oct 2010
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Without doubt - for me - the best film of this type, i.e. hidden bomb, high drama - stand off ever made. Samuel L Jackson absolutely superb as ever. Fantastic and UNMISSABLE!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Don on 17 April 2014
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Dont listen (too much) to the reviews, different people will have different opinions.
Now for the movie itself. Wow. GREAT acting on everyones behalf, but I gotta give the oscar to Samuel L.J !
The whole movie leads up to moment after moment. Its never really done until the very end.
The name does justice = unthinkable! You will understand and it will fit in once you watch it.
I have watched it several times, in 12 months time, thats how much I liked it. Very thought provoking, gets you to think about "right" and "wrong" amongst other things. Nothing else I can say really. Just clap clap for samuel l jackson, the RIGHT man for the role.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Mr. T. J. Bowerbank on 29 May 2010
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A fantastic film which makes with the viewer question their own morales.
The acting is superb, the storyline is unique and compelling, and the movie has a fast pace through out which would keep any viewer's attention.
However the movie is fairly brutal and not for those who could be easily offend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 31 May 2014
Format: DVD
Unthinkable features two such rippingly blistering performances from the male antagonists, centred around one of the dirty open secrets of the modern era, that it's easy to forgive the nonsensical plot devices which exist only to bring the trio of leads together in intimate, appalling confrontation.
Samuel L and Michael Sheen are so convincingly committed, so determined in the righteousness of their causes and of success at any cost, that we could barely glance away from the screen for the whole running time. Carrie-Ann Moss has a harder job, portraying as she does the only person with a scrap of decency. Inevitably, gender stereotypes assert themselves as she plays the role of intermediate, of peace-maker; seeking a compromise to save millions from nuclear annihilation... and to save one man's family from brutal torture.

The themes in Unthinkable are far from new - and have been covered in recent years with more subtlety in, say, Rendition, where we never knew if the brutalised suspect was guilty of anything or not. Here, there is a clear and verified threat (although it may be a hoax, who knows?), and the interrogation team becomes increasingly desperate to prevent the deaths of many. In so doing, some of them seem willing to dispense with the very moral code they claim to be fighting to uphold. And on that sticky situation rests a couple of hours of virtuoso acting - and not a little blood-soaked violence.
When 53 Americans are killed, in the film, it's a national disaster. When American drones / forces kill 53 foreign civilians in actions overseas, it's called collateral damage.

Gripping and difficult, Unthinkable crams all of this into the tight confines of what feels like a stage play - one based around an interrogation cell where the worst things in the world happen. Afterwards, elements of the plot make scant sense, but while you're caught up in the moment it is compelling stuff.
8/10
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Albatross on 4 May 2014
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It’s fair to say that ‘Unthinkable’ is NOT a ‘feel-good’ movie. The film deals with what many (Americans?) would say is an ‘unthinkable’ situation, where a trusted American citizen who’s been born and bred to love their country, ‘defects’ to ‘the enemy’ and places nuclear devices around the country in the name of a world religion.

However, all is not lost, for the powers that be have already captured the offender (Martin Sheen) and he’s been placed in a secure (and totally off-the-grid) facility where Samuel L Jackson and Carrie Moss must extract the information they need before the bombs go off. It’s fair to say that Samuel and Carrie go about this in vastly different ways.

Unthinkable was never going to be a hit. It’s too dark and deals with issues of modern life (and politics/religion) that many will not find easy to address. However, perhaps its lack of social niceties actually makes it all the more worth viewing. And it’s uncomfortable viewing at that. Those with a strong stomach may well not want to watch the ways Samuel L Jackson tries to get the information out of Martin Sheen. In some respects it’s almost a ‘torture porn’ film.

It’s a thriller with little actual thrills, but plenty of tension. If you’re a fan of political thrillers (and aren’t too squeamish) then Unthinkable is a safe bet. All three of the leading actors play their parts well, especially Martin Sheen, who has the unfortunate job of being constantly on the receiving end of Samuel L Jackson’s various implements of torture for the best part of ninety minutes. Plus it raises the issues of how far we should go to save the many. After watching Unthinkable, I’m reminded of the quote Spock used in ‘Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.’ He said, ‘The needs of the many out way the needs of the few (or the one).’ That theory is really pushed to the limits here.
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