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3.0 out of 5 stars Torturous, 19 Sep 2010
This review is from: Unthinkable [Blu-ray] [2010] (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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Initial post: 1 Feb 2012 18:04:09 GMT
furiouszed says:
Is the final line of your review an indication that this is the extended version of the film? I saw the DVD version that ended a few minutes earlier, missing out the short scene that made all the difference to the way you judge Sheen's character and indeed the film. I won't say what the scene includes in case people haven't seen the movie but if you do see it and intend to buy it, you will most certainly want the full version!

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Mar 2012 17:12:53 GMT
S. D. Dawson says:
I also want to know if this is the extended dvd. the ending makes the film
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