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Thoughts on the Movie "Unthinkable"

Updated on June 3, 2011

The new movie on DVD has me in a whirl. I was ready for a good guy bad guy we win go get em movie. Nothing could be further than the truth

Unthinkable leaves you wondering if this is really like it are in big stone buildings in soundproof rooms in places no one looks or ventures. Unthinkable shows what is sanctioned by our government as acceptable torture to non-US citizens. I had to look it up but all I found was none is sanctioned. Interrogation, now is sanctioned but there are multiple papers that deal with this question and exactly what can and cannot be done to anyone.



In the movie the CIA, the FBI and the president are all involved in how far to allow Samuel Jackson, who plays "H" to go in order to get the information about three nuclear weapons placed in three different cities with less than 72 hours to find them. One is actually detonated by an FBI agent who sees a picture of the terrorist and rips it off the wall saying, "what’s this"?

In fact, the entire movie is designed to make you think. There is the question of course of what are we willing to do to extract information if there are millions of US citizens in harm’s way.

There is the question of if torture itself actually works, regardless of how long it has been used or how many sites have been done on the subject. Personally, I would hope to have the fortitude to make up anything to make the pain stop but never the truth, whatever the question. In face of I have your husband, your children, your grandchildren, and your family and if you lie, aIl will etc...Well that is another question itself, eh?

There is the question of how an American citizen could be persuaded so far to the extremes of killing millions f us citizens to make a point

There is the question of what makes a person see or experience that turns their mind into that direction in the first place.

There is the part we hate to look think about that we are as bad as the ones we feel are evil incarnate.

The Koran mimics the Bible. The Koran says love one another, the Koran just adds another word for I AM and all the Old Testament stories and parables and people are in the Koran as well as the Bible

So why and what are we fighting about? GAS? MONEY? POWER? Oh and now, with all the bombing, MINERAL DEPOSITS in Afghanistan.

We are not fighting to free an oppressed people, they are not oppressed, it is their choice, and their way of life, their religion that they follow that gets our blood up. Why? Guilt? Does the act of Sarai and Abraham haunt us in our ancestral memory and we keep trying to obliterate anyone who knows about their act? Is it as simple as that?

On the other hand, as simple as they are different. Their God is not our God. Well, God is God, regardless of what your decide He/She is. God is LOVE; people, that is all.

See Unthinkable and decide for yourself.

That is all.

God is love.


 If it is true that any Higher Power that approves and instructs followers to kill and torture other human beings is indeed, a false God; where is God?


In our hearts.


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      Barbara Bethard 6 years ago from Tucson, Az

      from your avatar this does not surprise me but i adamantly believe as consciousness is all has so succinctly is in all of us but we must make a stand

      I will also add that what YOU put out into the world comes back to YOU; threefold

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      tortureisfinebyme  6 years ago

      I would allow the torture of any human for information but would draw the line with children. No matter what you disagree or agree with these things will never stop.

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      Barbara Bethard 7 years ago from Tucson, Az

      woneerfully said and I am with you!!much love to you bb

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      conciousness is all that is 7 years ago

      if you look at the cover of the movie, think is highlighted. this gives the game away as it does in advertising so much. At first i thought there might be a typical hollywood ending. I was so greatfully wrong. Yusuf is right, a hero, he puts himself and his family to one side and decides to attack the country he loves. That is to say what the country should be.......stop killing innocent people US and all the other bitch following countries and unite the world or other wise we shall see a movie made real.

      People are the problem for not deciding for themselvwes, so therefore the people are the solution. WE ARE the solution. government means ruler of mentality and they (across the world) are doing so. WE can stop them, WE can bring peace, WE are the power we the governments are secretly afraid of.....lets stand against them and their wars and there treasonous theft of our rights, blood, land and well being.

      LOVE IS IN ALL OF US, but we must make a stand.

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      Barbara Bethard 7 years ago from Tucson, Az

      chice you hit it right on!! that is exactly how I feel as well!! thats what I was trying to get comments about this movie yea!!! love to you and thanks barbara b

      question: bev is this you?

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      Choice 7 years ago

      There is a line in the movie said by Officer Helen Broody that really brings out the entire soul, spirit, and POINT of this movie. For those of you who asked “Whats was the creator of this movie thinking? And what was his message?”, listen up.

      In the final scene where ‘H’ states that he will not bring the kids in (for a second time) to try and coax the 4th bomb’s location out of the terrorist, UNLESS Officer Broody gives him permission, she screams these words:

      “You cant do this! We’re fucking human beings! Let the bomb go off, we can’t do this!”

      I think her point was made by those words. There are times when we have 2 options as human beings, when being threatened by a large force.

      We can do the right thing, and leave his kids out of it and follow regulatory interrogation techniques. Or we can be evil, and do what we saw here in this film; torture, kill, threaten, and use fear to get results.

      Basically….we can all die as good people who did the right thing, or we can live as horrid people who ‘did what they had to’ to survive. Choice in yours.

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      Barbara Bethard 7 years ago from Tucson, Az

      hello ethel thanks for the commenet/yea/definitely watch it...mind you its not an easy one to watch... strips everyone of us bare

      wonderful flick!

      any flick that makes me think I love

      I love you too!


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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Yes if is ther si a god he is the same no matter what religion. Well that is my belief. I shall have to watch this film.

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      Barbara Bethard 7 years ago from Tucson, Az

      hello wannabeewestern long time no hear! how are you? love to you!! I would definitely suggest everybody watch this needs to be needs to raise questions. remember art is there to make us extend our senses and THINK!!! watch it and decide for yourself.

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      Carolyn Augustine 7 years ago from The Land of Tractors

      You have articulated many of the issues that surround the use of torture to extract information. It is questionable how much, if any, accurate information can be extracted from a person being tortured, beside many of the other questions you issued. Like what if the person being tortured is innocent of their charges? I have not seen this movie but the idea of torture sickens me so much that I will probably not see it. Thank you so much for your review. I wish I understood what motivated the religious fanaticism that inspires so much hatred and torture in our world. :{