Each week I'll post a new letter and all you have to do is nominate a film that you think…
Right and Wrong no longer exist
A convert to Islam sends the U.S. government a tape showing him in three nondescript storage rooms, each of which may contain a nuclear bomb set to detonate in less than a week. Helen Brody, an FBI agent in L.A., is tasked with finding the bombs while a CIA "consultant", known as H, interrogates the suspect who has allowed himself to be caught. The suspect, whose wife and children have left him and disappeared, seems to know exactly what the interrogation will entail. Even as H ratchets up the pressure, using torture over Brody's objection, the suspect doesn't crack. Should H do the unthinkable, and will Brody acquiesce? Is any Constitutional principle worth possible loss of life?
Installment in my Actor Arc Challenge
It kinda really pains me that less than 1k people on Letterboxd have seen this. It's shocking. Admittedly, this wasn't a very publicized film and I even missed it's release.
Films like this (and Zero Dark Thirty and probably many others) really interest me. If you know what this is about then you'll probably find that statement pretty fucked up. If you don't know, this film is basically centered on United States sanctioned torture. I enjoy films like this because of their honesty. Who gives a shit what the Geneva Convention says? Everyone everywhere uses some form of torture when necessary, regardless of what they tell other people. It's effective and, at times, necessary.…
Well, this is pretty much what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object. Go figure.
Man builds bombs, man hides bombs, other man removes first man's fingers and inserts sharp objects and voltage into him to find out where bombs are. Carrie Ann Moss watches. Hilarity does definitely NOT ensue, but as thrillers go this is a decent film if you're not too faint-hearted.
Samuel L Jackson: "NOW TELL ME MOTHERF**KING NIGEL CLOUGH!. TELL ME WHERE ARE THE GOD DAMN MOTHERF**KING BOMBS?"
Unthinkable just felt like a very unimaginative action/thriller. I've seen this kind of movie done before and better.
The acting was incredibly mediocre. Michael Sheen is an American citizen turned islamic terrorist, but his extremely un-menacing performance makes his character questionable. You find yourself put in a position of not really knowing where you stand with him. I think we are supposed to feel a little sorry for him, but I didnt feel that way about him what so ever.
Samuel L. Jackson didn't even act for his role in the movie. A man that will go past any boundaries to get the answers he's looking for. Again he is supposed to be this menacing character that puts us in…
An interesting piece concerning the ethical question of how much would it take before you consider torture to be a viable option. As indicated by the trailer, Michael Sheen is an American converted Muslim who has placed 3 nuclear weapons in secret locations across the United States. Once he's captured, the government bring in Samuel L Jackson who is essentially an official torturer - on the other end of the spectrum you get Carrie Anne Moss playing the moral FBI agent. Once the set pieces are in place, the viewer is essentially placed on a visual pendulum - swinging between revulsion at the sight of the torturous methods that Jackson employs and the frightening thought that Sheen, despite the heinous…
saw and hostel just ate unthinkable shit!
Torture: The Movie. Is it right or is it wrong? That's the question it poses and never gives a definitive answer because it lets the viewer come up with their own answer.
If you have a great disdain for torture avoid this movie, it's not OVERLY graphic though. If you have a moral ambiguity/ethical dilemma thing going on it could help sway you one way. If you have a thing for cold blooded torture then there's Michael Sheen's chest hair.
When a by-the-book FBI agent (Moss) is forced to work with a black-ops interrogator (Jackson), the result may very well be “unthinkable,” as they attempt to get a suspected terrorist to reveal the location of nuclear weapons set to go off in three U.S. cities. Torture of the old-fashioned physical variety is the primary means of getting the necessary information, but how much is too much? This film raises some troubling questions while keeping the audience’s undivided attention from start to unexpected finish.
Heute guckte ich zum zweiten Mal "Unthinkable" diesmal in der Unrated Version und diese ist BEFEUTEND BESSER, als die Ami Version welche ich zuerst sah. Der Film ist bedrückend und sehr gut inszeniert, es gibt (bei einem Film mit Folterthematik ist das ja klar) ein paar Gewaltszenen, die ich zwar nicht besonders schlimm fand, manche könnten sich aber aufregen (gerade wegen dem Thema). Ich will nicht zu viel vorwegnehmen, ich finde der Film ist extrem gut und empfehlenswert.
While the acting in this movie was decent and it has an OK plot, the film tries to be disturbing and it barely works. I don't regret watching it, but I would never watch it again.
A great thriller with Sammy J in top form. This film is not afraid to go to some dark, dark places and the ending of the extended version was a surpise. Some of the scenes were hard to watch and you find yourself asking the question "Would this happen if the threat were great enough?" (25.3.13)
Alternates between subpar b-movie trash and surprisingly effective genre exercise, but ultimately it's more the former than the latter. Ending is bold, but too little too late. Jackson gets some fantastic over-acting in, but his character (and the film's treatment of him) is so ridiculous it's tough to take anything in Unthinkable seriously.
Samuel L. Jackson provides a gripping performance in a taut thriller that has a lot to say about human morality.
- The Ugly Swans
- Under the Skin
- American Psycho
- The Boondock Saints
- The Last Samurai
- Born on the Fourth of July
This idea popped into my head one night as I was about to go to sleep. I've seen things done…
- The Offence
- The Interview
- The Inquisitor
- Under Suspicion
- The Arrival of Wang
Films that are completely, or almost completely, based around an interrogation. It doesn't have to be by the police or…