The rest of this review contains spoilers for Unhinged, reader’s discretion is advised.
Unhinged is a horror, thriller that hinges on the message of road rage. A mother (Rachel) and son (Kyle) in a mid-size car cut around a truck, who doesn’t drive away during a green light. The truck’s driver, Tom Cooper, confronts them, asking for an apology. When Rachel refuses to sincerely apologize, her worst nightmare was destined to become a reality. Cooper wants Rachel to really feel sorry, saying what he is doing is all her fault. He tracks down where she, her friends, and family are, killing them off one by one, planning to leave Rachel for last. The characters are constantly fearing for their lives, and that fear transfers onto the audience.
With few characters and the main setting being the inside of a car, the plot could have been bare. The concept of an extreme case of road rage is a simple one,
Most of the ways this film wants to scare audiences are a little silly, but the film is still an enjoyable watching experience. For someone that enjoys horror movies, there are some good scares that have been missing from modern horror movies. Instead of relying on cheap jumpscares and horror tropes, Unhinged takes a more realistic and destructive approach on an unconventional story. The story is not terribly complex, which lends itself to be visually interesting. Take a horror filled joy-ride down twisted streets and flying debris, it is certainly worth the price of admission.