Unthinkable: 3.5 Stars

Stephanie Doot, Staff Writer

In this mind-boggling, 97-minute thriller, Unthinkable is exactly what the title says.  The movie starts off by introducing Yusuf Atta Mohammed, aka Steven Arthur Younger, who is an American man claiming to have planted three nuclear bombs in popular United States cities.  Mohammed says that the president can stop the bombs from blowing up by meeting his demand of taking U.S. troops out of all Muslim counties.

The movie then introduces H (Samuel L. Jackson) a black-ops agent who interrogates Mohammed and is told to do whatever is necessary to get answers.   H decides to use methods of torture to get Mohammed to break.  Mohammed’s character makes viewers wonder how far they would go for their country and if being brutally tortured is worth it.  An FBI agent of a counter-terrorism team, Agent Helen Brody (Carrie-Anne Moss) doesn’t agree with H’s torture methods and has disagreements with H for most of the movie.  Agent Brody doesn’t quite understand how human beings can hurt other humans until her own interrogating methods fail, and she is put in a position where she takes a knife to Mohammed.

H is seen as a caring, kind, and gentile family man in the beginning of the movie.  When he is in his job role, however, he completely changes personality and becomes a different person.  Throughout the movie, you see how H’s job personality dominates his true personality.

Mohammed (Michael Sheen) is a very intelligent man who sets himself up to be arrested even though he knows he will be tortured.  Just like everything else in the movie, it is all a part of his plan.  Mohammed seems to always be one step ahead of the FBI until H does the “unthinkable” and puts a daring twist in the plot by using his methods on Mohammed’s wife and two children in hopes of getting accurate answers about the bombs’ locations.

I would give the movie 3.5 stars.   Although it is rated R , and may not be an ideal family movie to watch, does have a very intriguing plot and story line that keep its viewers at the edge of their seats waiting to see what will happen next.  A disappointing factor is at the very end.  The viewer is left with many unanswered questions whose answers are left up to the imagination.