Unhinged / Synopsis + Complete Story - Th1 2020

In a heart-pounding tale that will leave you on the edge of your seat, Unhinged takes audiences on a relentless rollercoaster ride of suspense and terror. Directed by Derrick Borte and featuring an all-star cast, including the incomparable Russell Crowe, this 2020 American action thriller delves deep into the darkest corners of the human psyche.

Brace yourself as we unravel the chilling story of a man pushed to the brink of madness, and the unsuspecting woman who becomes the target of his unrelenting fury.

Get ready for a pulse-pounding experience like no other as we dive into the twisted world of Unhinged.


In the gripping and intense thriller "Unhinged," a seemingly ordinary day takes a terrifying turn for Rachel Flynn. After a series of unfortunate events, including losing her job and dealing with a pending divorce, Rachel finds herself on a collision course with a man named Tom Cooper.

It all begins when Rachel encounters Tom at a red light, where he demands an apology for her honking at him. Refusing to back down, Rachel unknowingly sets off a chain of events that will push her to her limits.

Tom becomes obsessed with teaching Rachel a lesson, and his actions become increasingly violent and unhinged.

As Rachel tries to navigate her way through this nightmare, she realizes that Tom is not just a random stranger. He has her phone and is using it to track her every move. With her life and the lives of her loved ones at stake, Rachel must make impossible choices and fight for survival.

With each passing moment, the tension escalates as Tom's relentless pursuit becomes more dangerous. Rachel's only hope is to outsmart her tormentor and protect her son, Kyle. The stakes couldn't be higher as the battle between Rachel and Tom reaches a heart-stopping climax.

"Unhinged" is a pulse-pounding thriller that explores the darkest corners of the human psyche. Russell Crowe delivers a chilling performance as the unhinged antagonist, while Caren Pistorius portrays Rachel's resilience and determination in the face of unimaginable terror.

Prepare to be on the edge of your seat as "Unhinged" takes you on a rollercoaster ride of suspense, fear, and survival. Will Rachel be able to outwit her relentless pursuer, or will she become another victim of his twisted game? Find out in this gripping and adrenaline-fueled thriller that will leave you breathless.

A Bad Day Begins

On a rainy night, a man named Tom Cooper sits in his pickup truck outside of his ex-wife's house. He removes his wedding ring, then grabs an axe and a tank of gas. He proceeds to break into the house, kill his ex-wife and her boyfriend, and sets the house on fire before driving off.

A Fateful Encounter

The following morning, Rachel Flynn is awakened by a call from her lawyer and best friend, Andy, about her impending divorce. Later as she drives her son Kyle to school in rush hour traffic, she is fired by one of her clients over the phone.

Frustrated with how her life is going, she angrily honks at a pickup truck blocking traffic at a green light.

At the next red light, the pickup truck pulls up to Rachel, revealing it to be Tom behind the wheel.

Tom apologizes for not going at the previous light and asks Rachel for an apology in return.

Rachel refuses, telling him that she has nothing to apologize for.

Enraged, Tom vows to teach her what a bad day really is.

Down the road, Tom speeds in front of Rachel, slams on his brakes, and nearly causes an accident before driving off.

Though shaken, Rachel drops Kyle off at school and makes plans to meet Andy at a diner.

A Terrifying Pursuit

Rachel later stops at a gas station. While inside the store, she sees Tom's truck parked outside. A fellow customer escorts Rachel back to her car and relays Tom's license plate number to her, but is then killed after Tom rams him with his truck and propels him into oncoming traffic.

Tom then chases Rachel, during which he reveals that he has her phone.

Using the info on her phone, Tom goes to the diner and meets with Andy, pretending to be a friend of Rachel's.

Using Andy's phone, Tom calls Rachel on a burner phone stashed in her car.

When Andy asks for his phone back, Tom smashes a mug across his face and stabs him to death in front of everyone.

Tom then tells Rachel that she must choose someone in her contacts to die next.

When he suggests her ex-husband, her mother, or Kyle, she chooses the client who fired her.

Rachel then calls the police, who respond to the client's home while Rachel races to her son's school.

A Desperate Escape

Tom arrives at Rachel's home, where her brother Fred and his fiancée Mary are living. Tom sneaks inside and Fred arms himself with a knife. Tom confronts him, holding Mary hostage, and explains to him that over time, he began to feel insignificant, powerless, and invisible to humanity, and that revenge and violence are all he has left to get him through the day.

Tom repeatedly pushes Mary into Fred's knife, accusing Fred of killing her (as he was the one holding the knife).

He then ties Fred to a chair and tells Rachel over the phone that she has three minutes to go into the school, get Kyle, and drive away, or he will light Fred on fire, and demands Fred read a letter about how Rachel is a liar and how she is selfish.

At the school, Rachel desperately demands that the principal release Kyle.

She drives away with Kyle.

A police officer arrives at Rachel's house, and, after being told to let Fred go, Tom sets him on fire and pushes him to the cop.

The cop is able to shoot a running Tom in the shoulder and tries to put the fire out.

Tom catches up to Rachel and Kyle on a highway.

They use a GPS app on her tablet to find out that Tom is in a minivan and is right in front of them.

When they attempt to alert a nearby police officer, Tom sees them and rams the officer's car, causing a massive multi-vehicle car accident.

A Final Showdown

Tom pursues Rachel to her mother's house where Kyle triggers a silent alarm to bring the cops and hides. Rachel rams the van that Tom is driving, flipping the vehicle, but he gets out and attacks Rachel, telling her that she will always see Tom everywhere she goes, then enters the house in search of Kyle, intent on killing him.

As he is about to walk back outside, Kyle inadvertently alerts Tom to his hiding place upstairs.

Rachel sneaks inside the house and finds Kyle, but Tom finds them both and they engage in a brutal fight, beating and throwing each other around the room.

When Tom begins to strangle Kyle with a cord, Rachel stabs Tom in the eye with a pair of scissors, screaming, "here's your fucking courtesy tap!", before pushing the scissors further into his eye socket, finally killing him.

A New Beginning

The police arrive and inform Rachel that Fred survived Tom's attack. Rachel and Kyle leave to see Fred at the hospital. As they drive away, a car cuts Rachel off and she stops herself from honking at the angry driver.

Kyle says, "good choice".

They drive away as the sun sets.

Discussion topics

  • 1) How would you summarize the story of "Unhinged" and what do you think are its main themes or ideas?
  • 2) In what ways does the film explore the concept of anger and its consequences? How does it challenge or reinforce societal norms regarding anger management?
  • 3) Can you relate to any of the characters' experiences with road rage or encounters with aggressive individuals? How did the film portray these situations, and did it resonate with your own experiences or perspectives?
  • 4) How does "Unhinged" fit within the action thriller genre? Does it adhere to or subvert typical conventions of the genre? How does the film's setting and time period contribute to its overall impact?
  • 5) Are there any current events or real-life incidents that you can draw parallels to while watching "Unhinged"? How does the film comment on or reflect societal issues such as aggression, violence, or mental health?
  • 6) Did "Unhinged" challenge your understanding of the world or your own values? How did it make you reflect on the consequences of one's actions and the importance of empathy?
  • 7) What are your thoughts on the character of the Man and his descent into violence? Do you think the film effectively portrayed the psychological aspects of his character, or did it rely too heavily on stereotypes?
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    Concluding thoughts and considerations

    Imagine a world where a single moment of road rage spirals into a terrifying game of cat and mouse. That's exactly what you'll experience in the heart-pounding thriller, Unhinged. Strap yourself in, because this movie will take you on a wild ride that will leave you questioning the very nature of humanity.

    From the moment we meet the Man, played brilliantly by Russell Crowe, we can sense that something is off. His eyes hold a darkness that sends shivers down your spine. And when he crosses paths with Rachel, portrayed by the talented Caren Pistorius, their lives become forever intertwined in a deadly dance.

    What makes Unhinged so gripping is its ability to tap into our deepest fears. We've all experienced moments of frustration on the road, but what if that anger was met with an unrelenting force? The film explores the terrifying reality that one wrong move can lead to a chain of events that can't be undone.

    As the tension escalates, we witness the lengths to which the Man will go to exact his revenge. It's a chilling reminder of the darkness that can lurk within anyone, and how easily it can be unleashed. Russell Crowe's portrayal of the Man is nothing short of mesmerizing. He brings a raw intensity to the character that is both captivating and disturbing.

    But amidst the chaos, there are moments of unexpected humanity. Rachel's determination to protect her son, Kyle, played by the talented Gabriel Bateman, showcases the strength and resilience of a mother's love. And as the Man's true motives are revealed, we're left questioning the thin line between sanity and madness.

    Unhinged is a thought-provoking film that forces us to confront our own capacity for violence. It's a chilling reminder that we are all capable of becoming unhinged under the right circumstances. So the next time you find yourself in a moment of anger, take a deep breath and remember the consequences that can follow.

    In the end, Unhinged leaves us with more questions than answers. It's a film that lingers in your mind, challenging your perceptions and leaving you with a sense of unease. So buckle up and prepare yourself for a rollercoaster of emotions. Just remember, once you step into the world of Unhinged, there's no turning back.

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