Unhinged is a 2020 American action thriller film directed by Derrick Borte, from a screenplay by Carl Ellsworth. The film stars Russell Crowe, Caren Pistorius, Gabriel Bateman, Jimmi Simpson and Austin P. McKenzie. It tells the story of a young woman who is terrorized by a seemingly mentally ill stranger following a road rage incident.
Unhinged was theatrically released by Solstice Studios in Germany on July 16, 2020, and in the United States on August 21, 2020. The film was notable for being the first wide theatrical release in several months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and grossed $43 million worldwide. It received mixed reviews from critics, who praised Crowe’s performance but felt the film did not take full advantage of its premise.
Tom Cooper, a mentally unstable man feeling powerless and invisible to the world, breaks into the home of his ex-wife, kills her and her boyfriend with a hammer, before setting the house on fire. He drives away as the house explodes.
Rachel Flynn, a newly divorced single mother living in New Orleans, drives her 15-year-old son Kyle to school in rush hour traffic. She is running late to work and honks at a pickup truck that has failed to go through a green light. The owner of the truck, Tom, soon catches up to Rachel and after apologizing to her, asks for an apology back. The exchange escalates when Rachel tells him that she has nothing to apologize for. A small chase ensues before Rachel loses Tom and is able to drop Kyle off. Soon Rachel finds herself and everyone she loves the target of Tom, a man who feels he has nothing left to lose.