Unthinkable 2010

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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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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)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Albatross on 4 May 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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7 of 8 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman TOP 100 REVIEWER on 13 Aug. 2014
Format: DVD
'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 as time runs out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Harvey on 20 April 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Not what I was expecting. Some parts had me on the edge of my seat and some had me hiding behind a cushion. Really recommended if you like a bit of grit and surprise.
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20 of 24 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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A strong film led by the excellent Samuel L Jackson, who plays a CIA specialist interogator.

For some reason a ex CIA agent has gone rogue, and has rigged nuclear bombs to go off on american soils. Jackson is tasked with interrogating him in the most inhumane way. Although nothing too graphic is shown, the film leaves you in no doubt as to what he intends to do with the variety of tools he has in his hands. Jackson character is challenge at every step by a moral FBI agent who even after a smaller bomb goes off killing 50, preaches the constitution to Jackson. In fact they stand by and watch him while talking about prosecuting him after he gets the info.

No matter what she says, Jackson always seems to win the argument to ratch up the degree of torture, while ministers, generals and soilders keep passing the buck for stopping him and then leaving the room. The film is fast pace and gripping with a twist at the end. The film kind of gives the message that we may preach the Geneva convention in the West,when we need to we have and will break it.

The language is strong, no sexual scenes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vlad the emailer on 19 Jan. 2013
Format: DVD
Definitely one for your collection.This is thought provoking very well acted and will keep you on the edge of your seat.BUY IT
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Northern Warrior on 19 Sept. 2010
Format: Blu-ray
Do not be misled by the opening 10 - 15 minutes into thinking this is a routine FBI/terrorist thriller - it's not. This is almost entirely a film about torture and pain and how far "civilised" society is supposed to hurt one individual for the greater good of the many. Most of the action takes place at a secret goverment building where, with time running out to the possible explosion of three nuclear bombs on US soil, the suspect is subject to increasingly harsh measures by Samuel L Jackson's pain technician. While not over gory, the torture scenes will have you wincing and cringing even though stopping short of eye gouging, branding or removal of vital male appendages.

What's difficult to see is the message the producer/director are trying to get across? Is it a right wing movie suggesting that torture up to and including the physical harm of a suspects family is acceptable in extreme circumstances, or a left wing anti torture.

Anyhow those who felt for Michael Sheen's plight may gather some comfort from the very last moments of the film!
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