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Unthinkable 2010

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In the story, penned by Peter Woodward with revisions by Orin Moverman, a major threat is posed to the U.S. when the locations of three nuclear devices are shrouded in secrecy by a single terrorist. With only two days before they are deployed, a black-ops interrogator (Jackson) and a female FBI agent have to decide how far they will go to find the weapons.

Starring:
Brandon Routh, Stephen Root
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DVD, Blu-ray

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  • Feature ages_18_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 37 minutes
Starring Brandon Routh, Stephen Root, Samuel L. Jackson, Martin Donovan, Sasha Roiz, Yara Shahidi, Michael Sheen, Gil Bellows, Carrie-Anne Moss, Vincent Larescal
Director Gregor Jordan
Genres Thriller
Studio ENTERTAINMENT ONE
Rental release 13 September 2010
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_18_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 37 minutes
Starring Brandon Routh, Stephen Root, Samuel L. Jackson, Martin Donovan, Sasha Roiz, Yara Shahidi, Michael Sheen, Gil Bellows, Carrie-Anne Moss, Vincent Larescal
Director Gregor Jordan
Genres Thriller
Studio ENTERTAINMENT ONE
Rental release 13 September 2010
Main languages English

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Albatross TOP 1000 REVIEWER 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bill HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 5 July 2015
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A terrorist has planted 3 nuclear bombs to explode at secret locations in the U.S.A. The U.S. law enforcement agencies, headed by the F.B.I., have only 2 short days to trace and defuse the potentially cataclysmic weapons. F.B.I. Agent Brody, played by Carrie-Anne Moss, is the calculating and methodical lead investigator tasked to save the day and spare several millions of innocent people from a fate too horrendous to contemplate. The man behind the terrorist plan is Stephen Arthur Younger, played by Michael Sheen, who's already been captured and is being held by the F.B.I. in an interrogation facility. He oozes malevolence and has a snake-like demeanour, and enjoys playing mind games with the people who are holding him.
As time is fast running out to avoid three major cities from being nuked, the F.B.I. resort to the services of a specialist black ops interrogator, Henry Humphries, known simply as H, and who's played with a weirdly charming menace by Samuel L. Jackson. H is a master of all types of interrogation techniques, everything from robust cajoling and hectoring, to physical and psychological torture which has absolutely no limits. Some of his methods would have even the torturers of the Spanish Inquisition wincing...
This is a very well executed and extremely tense thriller. The chief protagonists are convincing and the interplay between the ensemble of Agent Brody, H and Younger is gripping from start to finish. Much of the film takes place inside the limited confines of the interrogation facility, which heightens the drama and ever-growing sense of looming disaster. Best of all, the film keeps its cards very close to its chest, which keeps the viewer guessing about whether or not the bombs will be found on time, right up until the very end.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ben Lauritson on 6 April 2014
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If I could sum this film up in one word, it would be "Wow!" because that was exactly my reaction when the film ended. It is pretty clear from the film poster and the 18 rating that this isn't light entertainment and from early on in the film right until the end, it makes for very intense watching.

Firstly, if you're uncomfortable with scenes of torture then I suggest you avoid this one; there are several scenes of brutal torture and dismemberment shown in pretty graphic detail. There are a few other scenes of extreme violence depicted also and so you need to have a certain level of tolerance in order to sit through this film.

If you can stomach the violence though then this is by all means a fantastic film to watch. The film starts with an American man recording a video announcing that he has placed 3 nuclear bombs, each in different cities, that will detonate at the end of the week unless his demands are met. We then follow the investigation of a senior FBI counter-terrorism officer (played by Carrie-Anne Moss) who is ordered, along with her supervisor, to assist the US army with finding the bombs.

The film casts Samuel L Jackson as "H", a specialist interrogator who, despite the grisly nature of his work, counterbalances the serious tone of the film with some occasional humour. Michael Sheen plays the role of the terrorism suspect and in my opinion all 3 leading cast members give an excellent performance in this film. It's a tense journey from start to finish and one that left me feeling pleasantly astonished.

All in all, if you've the stomach to bear the scenes of violence and torture and you're in the mood for something intense then this is truly a great film to watch.
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