Unthinkable (2010)

What follows describes the first ten minutes of the movie as a basis of discussion. An american citizen which is also a Muslim, threatens to detonate three nuclear bombs in three different american cities unless his demands are fulfilled.
The plot of the play is excellent (suspense, plot turns, etc), the roles are played well but there are some questions about the film.
The baseline of the story may be phrased as “if it was your responsibility, as an (American) citizen to find where these three nuclear bombs are placed, how far would you go to do it?”.
The play questions and answers at the same time some basic values regarding the rights of a person who is considered to be a terrorist (ok, the specific one presented himself as such, but others may not, so we have to know if they are, don’t we??). It does the same thing with different people involved during his interrogation: people from the military, the CIA, the FBI. Because one must not forget that regardless of their posts, these individuals are people as everyone else.
So, Peter Woodward who wrote the story and Gregor Jordan who directed it, place a question for the spectator: is, even the unthinkable, good enough to make a terrorist speak? May be the obstacle is not the terrorist but each and every one of us.
Two things: first of all, make sure you see the movie to the end and do not stop it when you think it ends.
Second, try to read between the lines, and then between the lines of the lines you’ve read!

My rating: 01/10


  1. The most common question when being trained to interrogate people is “would you torture someone – or even kill him – if you knew that in that way you could save thousands of other people?”. Even for me, after attending this “training”, this is not an easy question, is it for you “mastora”?

    • No, it is not. Also, the answer each person provides to that question fills a part of it’s personality’s puzzle.

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