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Unthinkable

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Release Date: 
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
On DVD: 
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
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Running Time: 
97 minutes
R

Ostensibly a suspenseful and balanced thinking piece on the role of torture in the War on Terror, direct-to-DVD Unthinkable plays out as a claustrophobic and endlessly talking piece of torture porn.   Unwatchable would have been a much better title.  Steven Younger is an American citizen and former military nuclear specialist turned radical Islamist who makes a video claiming to have placed three nuclear bombs in urban centers and says they will explode within days unless some unspecified demands are met.  He is arrested soon after, apparently by choice, and is interrogated by the FBI and military to no effect.  Enter H (Samuel L. Jackson), an “independent contractor” under CIA protection who specializes in torture and makes Jack Bauer look like the cuddliest teddy bear ever.  H immediately hacks off one of Younger’s fingers, much to the distress of Special Agent Brody (Carrie-Ann Moss), the FBI anti-terrorism expert