Unhinged opens with Russell Crowe–recognized solely within the credit as “Man”–sitting in his pick-up truck exterior a suburban home, staring on the tiny match he’s lit, his face emotionless and his eyes narrowed. Abruptly he will get out of the truck, grabs an axe and a can of accelerant, and breaks down the door, slicing the person and girl inside to dying earlier than burning down the home.
The digicam watches all this from a slight distance, as if director Derrick Borte (The Joneses) needs us to view these occasions, not less than at first, objectively. We don’t know who this Man is, we don’t know who he’s killed or what has pushed him to commit these horrendous acts we’ve simply witnessed, though we’ll be taught a bit extra afterward.
Because the opening credit of Unhinged roll out, they achieve this over a montage of reports flashes, TV photos, and audio clips of a society in the midst of a breakdown, with civility, empathy, and decency steamrolled by seemingly limitless cases of impulsive, impolite, aggressive, and even lethal conduct. Clearly the movie is saying from the outset that that is the breeding floor which spawns the sorts of actions we’ve simply seen.
So when he pulls up in his jumbo SUV subsequent to a automobile pushed by single mother Rachel (Caren Pistorius), who’s coping with private and monetary problems with her personal and has honked somewhat too loudly at him when she is caught behind the Man at a visitors gentle, we already know that she mustn’t roll down her window and interact with an individual who’s, at this second, the strolling embodiment of highway rage to the nth diploma. However, have interaction she does, and shortly sufficient the Man is launching an onslaught of terror at Rachel, her son, and anybody in her circle.