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…
Stupid, stupid, stupid. Issues in and around torture have been in the news a lot recently and let me tell you that this movie does very little to add to the debate in any meaningful way. What point is the movie trying to make? That torture turns us to animals? That it doesn't work? That it only works to an extent?
This would have worked a lot better if there was some ambiguity regarding what the torture victim knows. It also utilises the fabled 'ticking bomb' scenario that's the subject of so many thought pieces, without being a particularly realistic case study.
Oh and why present so many people as 'Experts' when EVERYBODY in the movie is so bad at their job. Sam Jackson is presented as an interrogator extraordinaire, but shows no evidence of this on screen.
A difficult watch because it makes the viewer an accomplice and asks the unthinkable question - what would you do?
This suspense thriller directed by Gregor Jordan and starring Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Sheen and Carrie-Anne Moss was just another direct-to-video release. Some critics thought that this film is noteworthy for the controversy it generated around its subject matter, the torture of a man who threatens to detonate three nuclear bombs in separate U.S. cities. Actually, it is something which is a simple brainwashing technique to make people think that everything is acceptable when you are fighting "terrorists" (which can be anyone declared as such by the U.S. authorities).
The film begins with an American Muslim man and former Delta Force operator named Yusuf (Sheen), formerly named Younger, making a videotape. When FBI Special Agent Helen Brody (Moss) and her…
Outstanding performance by the cast. One hell of an intense ride with the climax at the end. The ethical issue of "sacrificing a few to save many" really screws with your mind.
A round table discussion about the merits and disadvantages of torture would be more engaging and far less ridiculous.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
saw and hostel just ate unthinkable shit!
- 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…