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Unthinkable [Blu-ray]

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The most suspenseful thriller of the year explores just how far we will go to protect ourselves and our country. When a nuclear expert-turned-extremist (Michael Sheen, Underworld) plants devices in three separate cities, the country's counter-terrorism force springs into action and captures him. But the location of his bombs remains a mystery. With time running out, FBI agent Helen Brody (Carrie-Anne Moss, Disturbia) agrees to work alongside a mysterious interrogator known only as "H" (Samuel L. Jackson, Lakeview Terrace), whose ruthless methods get results. But a power struggle develops between Brody, "H', and the terrorist, and what happens next is unbelievable and -ultimately-Unthinkable!

Unthinkable will give people of all political persuasions plenty to argue about. A terrorist named Arthur Younger (Michael Sheen, Frost/Nixon) has planted nuclear bombs in three American cities, then allowed himself to be arrested. The government, desperate to find these bombs, turns Younger over to a man known only as H (Samuel L. Jackson), who will use any means to extract information from Younger, despite the protests of FBI agent Helen Brody (Carrie-Anne Moss, Memento), who argues that torture doesn't produce viable data. Though Unthinkable is driven by this debate, the plot moves forward propulsively, never getting bogged down in rhetoric, and it carefully grounds this fantasy scenario (Younger is to real terrorists as Hannibal Lecter is to real serial killers) in realistic textures and details. It helps that the cast is crammed with talented characters actors, including Martin Donovan (The Opposite of Sex), Stephen Root (NewsRadio), and a lot of faces you'll recognize, even if you don't know their names. More importantly, Unthinkable gives weight to both perspectives and doesn't pull its punches about what torture entails. The final moment will provoke the most debate: does it bring the argument to a conclusion, or are the filmmakers just picking the most flamboyant ending? --Bret Fetzer

Special Features

movieIQ™+sync and BD-Live connect you to real-time information on the cast, music, trivia and more while watching the movie!
Engaging Commentary with Director Gregor Jordan
Includes Extended Version of the film with Alternate Ending

Product Details

  • Actors: Samuel Jackson, Michael Sheen, Carrie-Anne Moss, Sayeed Shahidi, Chris McGarry
  • Directors: Gregor Jordan
  • Producers: Marco Weber, Bill Perkins, William Perkins, Vanessa Coifman, Caldecot Chubb
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 15, 2010
  • Run Time: 192 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (259 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,808 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Unthinkable [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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As stated by many reviewers, this movie is a 5 star "under the radar" supernnova! Samuel Jackson portrays a "non-existent" terrorist interrogator, who is brought out to save the country from a nuclear Muslim terrorist, Arthur Younger played beautifully by Michael Sheen. Younger is frighteningly convincing with a mysterious conviction, a personal and religious agenda involving at least 3 hidden nuclear bombs of mass destruction, hidden in unknown metropolitan America.

Jackson's character is magnificent, simply known as "H," the silver bullet weapon who is the only chance to extract key information and save millions from an impending holocaust. The movie races under a pressure cooker of time, obstacles of authority, and confusion on how far to go in this unbelievable quandry of intensity and horror. What does "H" need to do to uncover and neutralize this madman's design to kill millions of innocents? The military and intelligence teams are portrayed with sublime perfection, especially the supporting actress, Carrie Ann Moss. She is utterly convincing as an icon of righteousness in being Helen Brody, FBI supervisor. Helen is on a rollercoaster of confliction, bound by integrity, ethics, and procedure who undergoes a shattering metamorphasis as the plot unfolds into one of narrowing, "unthinkable" choices.

This movie is more than thought erupts off the Richter scale with aftershocks of repercussion that stay with the viewer for days! Shameful, painful, but somehow justifiable degradation of civilized behaviors under the duress of mass annihilation. What exactly will we do to protect our own and how will we justify it after the fact? "All virtue is summed up in dealing justly." ~Aristotle~ The premise remains as to "What is justice in certain circumstances...
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Extremely powerful. I finished watching this movie a few moments ago, and am struggling to come up with the words to describe it. First I should say that the movie is graphicly violent, as most of it is based on the torture of one suspected terrorist. The movie generally plays on the what-ifs and what people assume is the worst case scenario to an attack on the United States. However unlikely we may want to say the story is, those that have researched wartime history know that as humans we have been and can be amazingly cruel. One of the things that I thought was well done with this movie is that... at least to me... did not seem to tell the story from only one perspective. Whether it was the conflict between "suspect" and government agencies, or the conflict between giving life value or to torture, or whether we would be willing to destroy everything we are in order to save ourselves. I was hesitant to rent this movie at first simply because I have not been impressed with Samuel Jackson's choices of roles over the past few years... but I think this is the best work he has done in a long time. Despite that the movie may take some turns the viewer finds unthinkable, they were smart enough to know that not everything has to be shown to be conveyed. And unfortunately for us as the human race, the reality could be worse than what the movie even implies. But I believe the movie was made to make the viewer think, because in the end there may be no definitive moment for either side to say "Aha! See I was right, and therefore it was all worth it."
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I am usually hard pressed to give 5 stars to any movie, game, etc but this movie gives excellent reasons for me to give 5 stars.
The review by M. Himed was excellent except one point. He/she stated that there was a scene where a woman said she had been raped. He said we didn't know if she was Muslim or Christian. He/she was incorrrect. The woman speaking to Carrie-Anne Moss was Sam Jackson's wife and in the beginning of the movie they clearly state, his wife is a devoute Muslim. She was the one who was raped at one point. It's one of the reasons Sam Jackson is considered to be one of the most dangerous people that the Gov reps use to do their dirty work. He has reasons to hate terrorists.
Michael Sheen is awesome in his performance. With a large, well known cast around him, he stepped up and delivered an amazing performance. The mental chess game he plays is very well acted.
This movie shows the average viewer that sometimes, the unthinkable MUST be done in order to save the lives of the innocent.
Some people watching this have said that "You just can't do that!" or "That would never happen!". This is a movie called "Unthinkable". It is A MOVIE about an interrogator that will do anything to get the information in order to save lives. Even use women and children for leverage. Yes, it's hard to watch but that is what this movie is about.
I can't recommend this enough.
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The situation: Nuclear bombs are planted in at least three American cities and a terrorist has decided he will endure any torture, if necessary, to stick to his beliefs. Samuel Jackson plays H, a man who is willing to do just about anything to get information from the terrorist. Things become very bloody and very gory quite quickly.

Before describing this movie any further, I need to be clear that if you have ANY difficulty watching graphic portrayals of a man being will definitely have issues with this one. Whether you can stand to watch the movie or not, at least think about what levels of torture you would find acceptable to save lives. Not every single detail of the torture is shown but there is enough to be quite graphic, along with the screams of a man in deep pain. It is very easy to imagine exactly what is being done...even when it isn't shown.

Helen Brody, played by Carrie-Anne Moss, balances out H's commitment to full scale torture. She is horrified by how the terrorist is treated but also has to question her values as time goes on.

When the movie ended, I confess that I said, "Wait! Is that the ending? They left it like THIS?!"That ought to tell you that this isn't one of those movies where every last detail is nicely explained and packed in a fine, neat ending with a moral or message with a capital "M". You aren't pounded over the head with any meaning. However, after I got over my initial disappointment (after all, I'd watched all those torture scenes and that is NOT my cup of tea), I started to realize how the ending made sense.

My take is that this movie is meant to get people thinking how far they would be willing to go to potentially save lives. Also at stake: how useful is torture in getting the truth out of the tortured?
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