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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.
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on 15 April 2013
This video shows the truth about the decrease of today's "system of our values."
Would you be willing to kill a man (a man, a woman, even a child) if it would have saved millions? I know the answer seems simple, but till it you are not holding a weapon.
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on 12 September 2014
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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on 26 June 2011
Yet another film that splits the critics. So a must see, just to draw your own conclusions.

When a nuclear terrorist plants devices in three cities the FBI are forced to turn to ruthless interorogator, Samual Jackson. A titanic power struggle develops within the team, to what are acceptable methods and what are not. As it seems the terrorist is getting the upper hand, what happens next is unbelievable and unthinkable.

As the film develops the ethics of torture and questioned time and time again, as several of the big players seem to change there position. And of course, a good few things turn out to be not what they seemed, with a good few twists and turns.

Cracking performances from Michael Sheen and Carrie-Anne Moss. Even better though is Samuel L Jackson, who is nothing short of mesmerizing. Not for the faint hearted.
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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 as time runs out.
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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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on 12 August 2011
This may start off as your usual mad bomber has placed 3 bombs somewhere,and they must be found thriller,but it's one of the best i've seen of this nature.
With the bomber in the iterrogation room not willing to give any other information but that of there are 3 bombs out there somewhere ready to give some serious damage,they have no choice but to bring in Jackson's character.
To say he's unorthodox in an understatement,he's clearly sadistic from the get go,dishing out malicious torture.
But with the bomber not willing to give the needed information,other than a false lead or 2,what next? What indeed.
With an end that makes a draconian point,it gets you thinking. Are we justified in doing the unthinkable?
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on 28 August 2015
An edgy and though provoking film that has been censored and not so well distributed, since it deal with some very controversial topics, like the line between national security and mere violence, resulting in a tough pamphlet (yet terrificly compelling story) where you really can't tell who is right and who is wrong. And talking about terrorism, that was an uneasy, uncommon and brave operation to do in america and in the years when if was made.
Basically the character of Sam Jackson turns out to be the dangerous, violent yet inevitable and hidden symbol of the price we pay to preserve ourselves, the bloody weapon that, supposedly, guarantee are freedom and lifestyle. And viewers are led to think about it, with no definitve answer, but being left alone with a disturbing, unsettling feeling of uncertainty and unease. A great cast (the bad guy is a dramatic and diabolique Michael Sheen, the guy from Frost/Nixon).
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on 3 September 2015
A very gripping thriller, but not for the faint hearted.

I won't summarise the plot, as you can get that elsewhere. Unthinkable really pushes the boundaries and discusses how far human beings can go when it comes to the stakes of millions of lives, what is "justifiable" etc?

The acting is great from all involved; you can empathsise with Samuel L. Jackson's character, even though he commits some atrocious acts, and likewise with Michael Sheen's terrorist. I felt rather torn, with no allegiance firmly in place.

It's not an action film, don't expect Michael Bay 'spolsions everywhere and gunfights - this is a tight dramatic thriller that keeps you on your toes with some horrific scenes of torture, hence the 18 certificate.
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VINE VOICEon 27 June 2015
A unnerving thriller that takes the step of making the audience sit in on an interrogation of a terror suspect.

Samuel L Jackson is the almost sadistic torcherer and Michael Sheen the man whose planted numerous bombs in undisclosed locations.

The film asks the viewer to think morally how far is to far to get answers.
This is a well acted, but violent piece of filmmaking, that some given its politics and graphic nature may find hard to stomach or in today's climate a little to close to home in its content.

Still for those wanting a non action thriller with the odd twist its an interesting premise with a top notch cast.
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