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An unsettling and thought provoking film,
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This review is from: Unthinkable [Blu-ray]  (Blu-ray)
3.7 out of 5
This is an unsettling and incredibly thought provoking film. It should leave you rattled and frustrated and full of questions. How far should 'we' go? How far would you go? Do you have to fight fire with fire and does violence and torture actually work on someone (or people) who is (are) determined to do evil? My wife was disturbed by the whole film; it really affected her and she didn't stop referring it for days afterwards. Haven't heard her talk like that in years ;-) Good to watch a film that activates rather than deactivates the brain.
Now, the script and acting. Well, I'm a big Samuel L Jackson fan, but who isn't? He's a terrific actor. However, I found him to be a bit too laid back in this film. I got that his character necessarily had this type of personality, but he sometimes lost has ability to convince. Difficult role, granted, but he could have done a better job. I only know Carrie Ann Moss from the Matrix trilogy (Trinity) but she faired pretty well here in front of Samuel L. The script necessarily limited her really. Michael Sheen, although the focus of the whole film, had very little to say throughout due to his character...well you watch it. He was mostly a vital visual focus for the story..although I understand why they chose a white convert to Islam instead of a dark skinned Muslim. I think the film would have taken on a whole different tone had it not been like that.
Also, a few of the scenes were just too contrived (one especially) and that was annoying. They seemed to be necessary to get from one place to the other without making the film longer and/or more convoluted, and I found them a bit careless (I'm trying not to give anything away at all).
The the film finishes quite abruptly. But again, this film really is about rattling you and leaving you rattled with questions and not about providing you with a wrapped up ending. That was the point IMO.