Although the first few episodes of Unhinged were too intense for TV audiences, it is still a very entertaining film. But before you go into Unhinged you should watch this two-part TV series first.
The first episode does take place in the real world but it is full of exciting situations and is more the sort of comedy that you will get when you see movies like Blue Bloods or Nip/Tuck. Most viewers are totally lost in the story but they don't care, because the TV series does what it does very well.
The second episode is more of a "Crimes Stoppers" style show, which is like a reboot of the old Crime Stoppers. The action starts in the mountains with the president trying to get out from under the pressure of the Iraq war. He starts making a speech about crime, drugs and what he expects of the new Congress.
The guy calls him and informs him that the President of the United States has been murdered. It was a clear threat from a terrorist organization called The Knights Templar. This was a big twist, as the movie started in a much more way than the book did. The scene made it look like Unhinged was trying to get rid of some sort of ambiguity to the book.
The military is always kept up to date on what is going on with its undercover agents in foreign countries and this definitely makes the episode thrilling. It all makes me wonder if we will see some chapters in the sequels that would explain the whole case. Maybe we can get back some of the hostages, the bodies and the other details that were missed by the screenwriter.
Even though this whole episode looks like something that will make a great CSI-type show, I can understand the dilemma that writers had as to what to do with all of the existing characters. So they decided to have one of the most interesting characters, who was played by Ben Schnetzer, being the president who was murdered.
Just because this series was aired only in Europe does not mean that it was not made with enough realism, as you may find if you watch it with an international audience. The acting skills of the actors are also top notch, which shows that the people who are doing the scenes really knew what they were doing.
The writer of the novel is named Brian Cranston and the director is Simon Barrett, a well-known serial murder case maker. The movie adaptation, which is available on DVD is highly recommended, as it not only brings back memories but gives us a fresh view on the subject.