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Boston Underground Film Festival 2019 Review: “The Unthinkable” (2018) ★★★


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It’s an unfortunate truth that destabilization of one country can bring money to another. Whether that destabilization is war, contaminated water, massive virus or something else, there’s always someone making money from the tragedy of others.

“The Unthinkable” (Swedish Title: “Den blomstertid nu kommer”) puts Sweden in the middle of an attack from an unknown foe that begins not only destroying the country but kills its people as well through a strange virus that causes either short-term madness or memory loss. Alex, after years of unsolved childhood trauma caused by his own father Björn, tries to reconnect with his old love, while his father, now more crazy than ever, tries to find the true reason of Sweden’s chaos which he’s sure has been caused by Russians.

The film takes an interesting approach as its first part explains the tense relationship between Alex and Björn, while the second one is an apocalypse that hits Sweden too hard. It’s almost like a Hollywood type of film but with more back story that helps build up and eventually support the narrative. While Victor Danell’s “The Unthinkable” does not explain Björn’s significant job at the beginning, it’s later we see him as someone who plays an important role to provide refuge to people that run for their lives.

Overall, “The Unthinkable” is a good but messy sci-fi drama that has a bitter truth to provide. While the government is in search of the enemy responsible for such a senseless attack on the country, the closing scene of Vladimir Putin where he says, “The Economy of Russia is stabilizing” is enough to explain many unsolved puzzles occurring in the real world. As the film aims to become more political, what it has to offer makes sense in terms of who benefits from any type of event that may occur in Europe or in the whole world.

In the end, as Sweden is the country where “The Unthinkable” takes place, Russians are portrayed as heartless villains willing and capable of sabotaging the stability of one country in order to gain money that will eventually end up in the pocket of politics. That concept alone is quite impressive through the endless mess of “The Unthinkable” where a lot happens at the same time. But even that won’t stop you from enjoying the film throughout and even recommending others.

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