While the upcoming big-budget feature Tenet is getting a lot of attention for relaunching theatrical releases, it’s the more modestly-budgeted Unhinged that will drop in theaters first on July 10. The psychological thriller follows the story of Rachel (Caren Pistorius), a mother who’s running late to work when she becomes frustrated with another driver. The traffic disagreement with the stranger (Russell Crowe) manifests into a deadly game of cat and mouse that endangers both Rachel and her son Kyle (Gabriel Bateman). Keep reading for a peek into the cast of the film that’s paving the way for a return to theatrical releases.
The Oscar-winner can most recently be seen in features like IFC Films’ True History of the Kelly Gang and Joel Edgerton’s Boy Erased, as well as the Showtime mini-series The Loudest Voice. The veteran actor has a long list of impressive credits to his name that could be used to back up his ability to carry a film, especially one that’s leading the charge in theaters reopening. From his role as Bud White in L.A. Confidential to portraying Ben Wade in 3:10 to Yuma, Crowe is no stranger to action-packed films. And it would be hard to forget his portrayal of the sword-wielding Maximus in Gladiator, which won him Best Actor at the 2001 Academy Awards. The Ridley Scott film also boasted a memorable performance from Joaquin Phoenix as the deranged Commodus, and now 20 years later, it’s Crowe’s turn to take on the similarly complex role of an antagonist with psychological issues. The official Unhinged site describes his character as a man “whose life has left him feeling powerless and invisible,” and “who decides to make one last mark upon the world by teaching her [Rachel] a series of deadly lessons.” From the trailer alone, you can see Crowe’s character engaging in increasingly violent behavior while uttering chilling warnings. And come July 10, audiences can take in Crowe’s portrayal of the dangerous character on the big screen.
Amongst Pistorius’ recent work is the action-period piece entitled High Ground, which also stars Simon Baker. She has a number of films to her name that fall within the action genre, such as A24’s Michael Fassbender-starring Slow West and Peter Jackson’s Mortal Engines. Since the actor is no stranger to the world of fast-paced film, we’re eager to see her performance in this upcoming thriller. And her fellow Unhinged lead had only good things to say about Pistorius’ on-screen abilities. “Caren has that magical thing seen in all great actresses, you just believe she’s inhabiting the skin of the character she’s playing,” said Crowe. Come July 10, you can see how Pistorius becomes Rachel, a woman fighting to save herself and those she loves from a stranger whose road rage spiraled out of control.
You may have recently seen the young actor in the family-friendly feature Think Like a Dog, in which he starred opposite Josh Duhamel and Megan Fox. Bateman also appears in the 2019 period piece Robert the Bruce, which also features Angus Macfadyen in the titular role that he first portrayed in Braveheart. Besides this action credit, Bateman has a number of horror titles under his name, such as Child’s Play, Lights Out, and Annabelle. With his experience in films that keep audience members on the edge of their seats, we’re anticipating his performance as a son who’s terrorized by a stranger, along with his mother. Even veteran actors can struggle with maintaining the suspension of disbelief during scenes of mounting tension and terror, so the young thespian’s resume of horror films has hopefully prepared him well for his role in Unhinged.
Aside from the plethora of relevant experience displayed by its cast, the filmmakers behind Unhinged bring to the feature their own expertise in the action-thriller genre. Carl Ellsworth wrote the script, for example, and he has other suspense titles under his name like Red Eye and Disturbia. And Derrick Borte, the filmmaker behind Jim Gaffigan’s dramatic turn in American Dreamer, directed the film. Considering the talent in front of and behind the camera for Unhinged, the film is a must-see for both those who can view it in theaters on July 10 and those who’ll wait for its digital release.