"Reel Reviews: ‘Unhinged’ ramps up road rage to full-scale insanity" by: Jessica Shepard

   I must confess that I went into this film with high hopes of seeing some quality Russell Crowe acting. 
   Sadly, it appears that he may have passed his zenith in skills and choosing roles that benefits said skills. 
   Or, at the very least, some late 2019 desperation for work paved the way for his role in this flick. 
   Unhinged is a thriller film directed by Derrick Borte, from a screenplay by Carl Ellsworth. 
   The film stars Russell Crowe, Caren Pistorius, Gabriel Bateman, Jimmi Simpson and Austin P. McKenzie. 
   Coming in at just an hour and a half long, Unhinged is rated R for strong violent content, and language throughout. 
   The movie opens with Tom Cooper (Crowe) popping pills in the rain at 4 a.m. from the safety of his truck – and that sets the dismal tone for the whole movie. 
   Cooper invades the home where his ex-wife resides with her new partner and kills them, then sets the house on fire and drives away as the house is destroyed in an explosion. 
   Newly divorced Rachel Hunter (Pistorius) lives in New Orleans and wakes up late before she has to drive her 15-year-old son Kyle (Bateman) to school. 
   While driving, Rachel gets stuck in rush hour traffic and honks at a pickup truck that has failed to go after the light has turned green. 
   The owner of the truck, Cooper, soon catches up to Rachel down the road and demands an apology. 
   The exchange escalates and a chase ensues before Rachel loses the man and is able to drop Kyle off at school. 
   Later, she stops at a gas station to fill up her car and finds Cooper in his truck at the pump behind her just watching her. 
   If you’re paying attention, she’s left her car unlocked with her phone in plain sight at a gas station – a definite safety foul if I’ve ever seen one. 
   She accepts help from another man to escort her to her car and to get Cooper’s license plate number as she drives off. 
   The gas station clerk offered to call the cops for her but, she refused – another foul in my book. 
   I mean, if you’re being chased by some maniac in a truck and it’s blatantly obvious – wouldn’t you call the cops? 
   However, in keeping with his rage-fueled bender, Cooper runs over the man who escorted Rachel and told him to leave her alone before chasing Rachel again. 
   When Rachel tries to contact her friend Andy (Simpson) for help, she finds that Cooper had stolen her phone earlier. 
   Cooper uses her daily planner to locate Andy and brutally kills him in the diner where they were supposed to meet. 
   Cooper continues to stalk and harass Rachel while he attacks her brother Fred in his house and kills Fred’s girlfriend, Mary. 
   Cooper then sets Fred on fire just as the police arrive at the house. 
   They manage to shoot Cooper in the shoulder but he still escapes. 
   Sadly, the one-shot isn’t enough and Cooper manages to run into Rachel and Kyle on the highway again. 
   If anything, this movie serves as a cautionary tale about road rage and personal safety – I just can’t see what’s worth supporting it for more than that.    

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