Academy Award winner, Russell Crowe, stars in Unhinged, a timely psychological thriller that explores the fragile balance of a society pushed to the edge, taking something we’ve all experienced – road rage – to an unpredictable and terrifying conclusion. Rachel, played by Caren Pistorius, is running late to work when she has an altercation at a traffic light with a stranger (Crowe) whose life has left him feeling powerless and invisible. Soon, Rachel finds herself, and everyone she loves, the target of a man who decides to make one last mark upon the world by teaching her a series of deadly lessons. What follows is a dangerous game of cat and mouse that proves you never know just how close you are to someone who is about to become unhinged.
Unhinged is the first new film to open in movie theaters following the months-long shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, bringing this edge-of-your-seat thriller to audiences eager to return to the movies.
This movie is a cautionary tale where one encounter with a stranger sets off a chain of events with deadly consequences. The film focuses on an all too commonplace experience, road rage, and takes it to the most extreme, revealing one man’s breaking point and challenging us in ways we never imagined. “Unhinged ‘hinges’ on a single moment- a chance encounter anyone of us could have at any moment,” states Writer, Carl Ellsworth.
Ellsworth is a huge fan of contained, psychological thrillers that are driven by a very relatable and terrifying “situation” that any of us, on any given day, could see ourselves facing. Having observed the escalation of road rage globally, he wondered why seemingly so many people were living their lives with so much pent-up anger. Ellsworth notes, “with Unhinged, I wanted to try to write the most intense thing I’ve ever written, with an unrelenting pace and urgency, that unfolds in real-time and doesn’t let up until it’s over. ”
When Russell Crowe first read the script for Unhinged, his instinctive response was: “Absolutely not. I’m not doing this movie, it scares (the shit) out of me, this character is intensely dark… and when I heard that come out of my mouth, I was like, since when did I stop doing that? Cause that’s basically what I look for. I look for the challenges.”
Unhinged was originally supposed to premiere July 10th, but has been moved to July 31st, 2020