Monday, September 6, 2010
The story of a white american muslim, who claims to have planted three nuclear bombs in large cities of the US, threatening to kill millions. He is interrogated and tortured by an 'agent' who uses every possible mean to crack him into revealing the location of the bombs. It's a hard and brutal 'game', which challenges ever possible definition of right and wrong, as well as lawful versus criminal behaviours: how far would you go, based on a 1% chance the the bombs really exist and may kills millions, to protect those? And when even the most brutal acts of torture don't break your subject, what becomes the next 'unthinkable' boundary of human decency, which marks the difference between the terrorists and the order? Where do you stop? The movie goes really far in asking these questions and - correctly - leaves the answers to each viewer for him/herself.
I went into watching Unthinkable knowing absolutely nothing about it. I had never heard of it, nor ever intended on seeing it, but I am glad I did. Unthinkable may be a little harsh at times for some viewers as the torture scenes can be quite graphic, however, they are well portrayed. Samuel L. Jackson's character is absolutely phenomenal and they could not have chosen someone better to play the role. Samuel L. Jackson's character, H, shines out as one of the most complex yet straightforward involved in the situation. Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix) also plays a great role portraying the more humane side of humanity. Unthinkable throws some great plot twists in at the end of the film that pull the movie together as a whole. You find yourself choosing sides multiple times throughout constantly trying to figure out who really is the "bad guy" in the story. Unthinkable was a great watch, and I would recommend it to all.