We’ve all experienced a little road rage, especially when stuck in traffic. But nothing comes quite as close to the anger expressed by Russel Crowe in this violent cat-and-mouse thriller.
Crowe plays ‘The Man’ as a blend of Rutger Hauer in The Hitcher and the lorry in Spielberg’s Duel. His short-tempered nature is only matched by his scarily large physicality; all beard and bloat. His target is single mum Rachel (Caren Pistorius) after she beeps him when he hesitates to move at a green light. For most people this would be an understandable response, but for The Man, this act of impatience was the last straw for his already fractured mental state. After she refuses to apologise for what he describes as an overly aggressive act of honking, he snaps, and begins to relentlessly pursue the mother across the freeways of New Orleans.
No one is safe from his warpath; from her friends and family, to pedestrians that just happen to be in his way. Unhinged may be a one trick pony, but it’s Crowe on overdrive - allowing the Aussie to go full bad-guy - and veers from horrifically entertaining to just downright horrific. (Jack Whiting)