I must say, I liked the movie much more than I thought I would than from the trailer. Unhinged is a [kind of psychological] thriller, minus all the mind boggling psychology. (Such as the likes of Eli (2019), Haunting of Hill house or Bly Manor, and Fractured (2019)). This is one of few movies that incorporate an everyday aspect of life (in this case, driving); the intro, complete with a compilation of road rage incidents, almost seems to raise awareness in regards to road rage.
Spoilers below (duh)
After the compilation ends, we are greeted with a scene of The Man (the antagonist). Having seen the trailer, I already know he is cray cray, and make nothing of the fact he’s lighting a match till it fizzles out on his finger. I assume the house he’s at is his own, until he approaches with a gas can, busts the door down, kill people, and burn the house. Seeing that Rachel wasn’t in this scene, it became clear to me that The Man is a serial road rager, who has likely claimed the lives of many. This intro is easily one of the most tantalizing intros I’ve ever seen.
Gotta love millennials
Yes, every generation has road rage. But with millennials, I would say it’s worse. Other than being young and stupid, as the generation that grew alongside the internet (social media, gaming, and all of the negatives that come with it), they can be much less empathetic. Simply put, it’s because their interactions with total strangers in person is substantially less than with other generations. To them, people on the road are almost no different than strangers in games or social media. For older generations, their social media is the material world, and as such, they have more respect and empathy for the people they must share the physical world with. Rachel, the protagonist of the film, is totally a millennial.
Horror Movie Logic Syndrome
As for HMLS (Horror Movie Logic Syndrome), it can be justified/explained for Rachel. Rachel, as a young mother with a young child, and having her lifestyle (bad driving) suddenly turn against her, it’s easy to understand her horrible decision, though it definitely irks us all. Particularly, one of the most irking scenes is when she finally manages to hide from The Man in a territory only familiar to her. At this point in the movie, she could’ve parked her car in the garage.
This was possible because she apparently had the keys to the black car that was in the garage. Rachel and her son would’ve been safe, and had ample time to wait for the police to apprehend the man as he continues searching the vast neighborhood. But she was refusing to live out in fear, deciding that only by confronting the man, can she and her son be safe. For all we know, she may have saved many lives by deciding to confront The Man; he could’ve probably thought logically and decide to ride out, for another opportunity to claim more victims or search for Rachel again.
Some may be disappointed that the ending was rather happy and ending with no loose strings. Rachel (and us) learning a lesson (that is, of not falling victim to road rage or the temptation of exercising road rage is) may seem a bit cliché (especially in children’s books) but it is legitimately a good lesson learned, one that would benefit us all. Unneccessary honking, harm, and destruction of property simply does no one good (except maybe for insurance companies).