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Good Movie Alert: Unthinkable - Sam Jackson & Carrie Moss (Trinity, Matrix)
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Good Movie Alert: Unthinkable - Sam Jackson & Carrie Moss (Trinity, Matrix) - October 26, 2010, 12:24 PM

Just saw this last night. Holy hell, why was this a straight to DVD release and not a theatrical.

It's a bomb movie but not your typical bomb movie. There's not a ton of action. It's more about exploring the limits of human actions and humanity vs morality when under the most dire of circumstances. Very much a 2-camera close up, dialogue and character driven movie.

80% of the movie takes place in 2 rooms and Sam is completely bad-ass in a mental, psychological way (think Sphere instead of Pulp Fiction). He plays a retired Army trained interrogator now working as black-ops independent contractor (think Blackwater).
When a high value target is captured and normal interrogation techniques don't make him speak - the CIA gives him a call. Don't think of his character in the Negotiator, this is a completely different color of man here.

Carrie is a high moral ground, principles and values driven, Harvard educated attorney who works for the FBI heading up a LA based Anti-Terrorism Investigation unit. She would be the good cop in the unexpected Good Cop/Bad Cop routine she's been forced into.

There are a few plot twist but nothing you have to keep rewinding to understand. As a matter of fact if you were paying attention you might just be able to catch if yourself before it's revealed.

All in all, I'd give this one a strong 8/10 for watchability. A definite add to the Netflix account.






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Yo thanks...
Im about to go on amazon today and see if i can find a used copy...
Huge sam J fan and love his serious movies more than the more comedic kinds...

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October 26, 2010, 12:58 PM

I saw this too.. it was pretty entertaining


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In the pivotal final season, Jackson actually gets the man to talk by putting him on a plane alone....Or so he thinks....

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Im about to go on amazon today and see if i can find a used copy...
Check out Half.com too. Good place for used Movies/Books/Games/etc
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ehe it was time pass movie .. ending was gay


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ehe it was time pass movie .. ending was gay
8/10 is a time pass movie. Watchable. Leaves you feeling intrigued and not let down like you just wasted 90 minutes of your life.

You knew the ending wasn't going to be some kind of awesome fest. It wasn't that kind of movie. However, it made you question would Sam actually go thru with it (don't want to give too much away).



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Does Sam say "motherfucker" at least once? I cant stand to watch a movie with Sam Jackson in it, if he dont get to say "motherfucker" at least.


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Does Sam say "motherfucker" at least once? I cant stand to watch a movie with Sam Jackson in it, if he dont get to say "motherfucker" at least.
I don't think he does. No. This is more of the I've already thought what you're thinking, and know what you're going to say before you say it - I'm apathetic and could give a fuck less how you feel and what you think of me - now take this long scary, ice dagger stare - Sam.

If you remember the movie Sphere w/Dustin Hoffman, sort of like that.



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the amazing thing about this movie is about how accurate it is. The feelings behind what goes on and the motivation is insane. This is a great movie in my opinion!


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I want to cut your fingers off for recommending this movie. I was very angry by the end. 99% of the movie was great. It failed miserably with the last 1%.



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I want to cut your fingers off for recommending this movie. I was very angry by the end. 99% of the movie was great. It failed miserably with the last 1%.
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8/10 is a time pass movie. Watchable. Leaves you feeling intrigued and not let down like you just wasted 90 minutes of your life.

You knew the ending wasn't going to be some kind of awesome fest. It wasn't that kind of movie. However, it made you question would Sam actually go thru with it (don't want to give too much away).
Slow, plotting, psychological dramas rarely have awesome endings. The genre doesn't necessarily lend itself to that sort of thing.

Ask yourself, did The Siege (another good movie along this same thematic line) or Phonebooth have amazing endings? No, not really.

The point of movies like this is to put you in an uncomfortable place, look within yourself and ask which character do you identify with and what would you do if faced with similar circumstances?

Would you be able to ignore your moral compass? If so, at what point have you crossed a line and lost your own humanity and values.

How much innocent blood can you bathe your hands in in the name of doing something for the greater good or even just in simple retribution?

Do the ends always justify the means? Is the sacrifice of a few innocents for the good of the many always the right thing to do? And if you believe it is so, can YOU do it. Would you do it?



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October 27, 2010, 01:54 PM

I guess we all look @ movies differently, if the ending sucks, I'm left feeling angry. "How could they not write a better ending?!" is my thought.

Thanks for the recommendation anyways.



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I guess we all look @ movies differently, if the ending sucks, I'm left feeling angry. "How could they not write a better ending?!" is my thought.

Thanks for the recommendation anyways.
Well, the way it ended could leave room for an interest part 2.
Governmental blame x Jackson arrest and prosecution. Then Jackson escapes and turns on the US Government and goes all "Law Abiding Citizen" on his former government handlers.



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