Starring Russell Crowe, Caren Pistorius, Gabriel Bateman, Jimmi Simpson
Directed by Derrick Borte
Unhinged feels like the kind of exploitation trash that Nicolas Cage would feel at home. Instead, in the driver’s seat, so to speak, we have fellow Oscar recipient Russell Crowe. He plays the eponymous stalker whom single mum and so-so driver Rachel (Caren Pistorius) has the misfortune of pissing off in a traffic light squabble.
The incident triggers a deadly cat-and-mouse game, with The Man — that’s what Crowe’s menacing character is called in the credits — chasing down Rachel in his pickup truck. He’ll stop at nothing to get her, even if it means killing an innocent bystander or two along the way.
Folks looking to escape from the relentless drumbeat of upsetting headlines will find little enjoyment in this nasty road-rage thriller, a Franken-Movie constructed from spare parts of Duel, Falling Down, The Hitcher and Roger Ailes’ beer gut in The Loudest Voice.
The movie wants to say something about mental health issues and toxic masculinity but the biggest take-away, believe it or not, is the importance of cyber-security. If Rachel had been more careful with her phone (never ever leave it unattended!), her feud with The Man would never have escalated. Tsk, tsk, tsk. (**1/2)
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