Unconditional stars a girl who dies early on in the first season of True Blood and a guy who has appeared in such fine films as Think Like A Man and For Colored Girls. I’m pointing this out to demonstrate the caliber we’re working with here (don’t get me wrong – I love True Blood, but this girl is one of the first to die in the whole series). So Lynn Collins plays Samantha, whose husband was murdered by an anonymous black mechanic – his mechanic status given away by the red rag at the scene, and only mechanics can have red rags. Michael Ealy plays Joe Bradford, aka “Papa Joe,” this super weird guy who has to use dialysis for a wound he got in a prison fight and whose ambiguous occupation appears to be to hang out with elementary school kids. It’s super weird, but no one thinks it’s weird, like when Joe and Samantha take all these kids on a field trip to Samantha’s ranch, and then end up sleeping there, like it’s no big thing.

Samantha and Joe surprising don’t fall in love, because Samantha is a good Christian and although she’s a widow, she’s still married (or something). In the end, Samantha tracks down her husband’s killer (Anthony Jones – a really easy name to follow up on), only to find that he’s not the killer, just a random guy her husband creepily befriended right before he died. Her husband was killed by an anonymous white homeless man – whom she never tries to find. She gets the biggest break in her quest to find her husband’s killer, and as soon as she finds out he’s a white homeless guy, she drops it completely. What the fuck?

There’s also a horse subplot. About a horse helping a girl learn to speak, or some shit. I hate horses, the end.


This movie was pretty scary. The main character’s job is to watch children in some kind of city program . . . maybe? What his movie was really about was a man, and a bus driver, kidnapping children who come from homes that won’t miss them and take them on sleepovers. While this is going on a woman is trying to find out who killed her husband. She sees a man with a red handkerchief, which she saw at the crime scene, and assumes it’s the same person . . . and somehow it is? BUT he didn’t kill her husband, he was just there. He tells the widow that some white crackhead killed her husband aaaaaand she doesn’t care anymore?

3 thoughts on “UNCONDITIONAL (2012)

  1. I saw this movie for the first time. I was enjoying it very much until the dialysis scenes. They were unreal!! I was born with kidney disease and spent 10 pretty much healthy years on dialysis. I have now been been a kidney transplant patient for 29 years. You could say I am somewhat an expert on the subject. First of all, the movie shows Joe bleeding every time he seems to fall short of putting himself on the machine. This is not a true dialysis experience. The only blood you are going to see when dialyzing is the blood making its way through the tubing being cleansed. Its not as the movie showed, oozing out from your stomach and the patient looking as if he/she needs to be taken to emergency. Joe apparently was on “Home Dialysis”. Dialysis is done 3 times a week either Monday, Wednesday and Friday, or Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday with each schedule allowing the patient 2 days in row off the machine. The only way a dialysis patient will ‘reject’ dialysis is if his/her blood chemistry clearances show a steady decline from stabilization. But this doesn’t happen for years down the line, or if the patient is reckless in taking care of them self by abusing their body and deviating from the usual restricted dialysis diet. There are 3 forms of dialysis. 1) Hemodialysis meaning “blood”. In this case a patient before the very first treat can be started has to go through what is called an av fistula connection where a vain usually in the arm or possibly in the leg is connected to an artery. This is done so that the dialysis treatment can use a larger gauge needle which in turn allows for more blood volume into the machine which means better blood chemistry clearance for the patient which mean a healthier dialysis patient. 2) CAPD (Continuous Ambulatory Parentineil Dialysis). This is where a tube is place into the abdomen into the parentinel cavity. This form of dialysis involves no machine as with hemodialysis. The 3rd and last form of dialysis is a kidney transplant either cadaver, living related or unrelated. I am assuming Joe received a transplant because he was sick enough that he was moved up on the transplant list. You just don’t receive a transplant of any kind whenever you need one. There is a list and there are many hard working dedicated people who run the transplant services. The problem is that there are just not enough donors. So the movie made me somewhat upset with its inaccuracies. Hollywood is a lot about sensationalism. I know the real Joe is a good and honest man. But please believe me, the dialysis scenes where a Hollywood version of the dialysis experience. No form of hemodialysis is fun. But it is nothing how it was depicted in this movie.

    1. Thank you so much for your comment! I am by no means any kind of expert on dialysis, but I thought surely it was not like it was depicted in the movie, because if it was then I would think a ton more people would have insane problems with it. It seemed like if anything his problems with dialysis were from his own lack of taking care of himself.
      Good to know!

      – Elizabeth

      1. Thank you. Too many times people believe what they see from the movies and TV without taking a moment to find out whats accurate. Renal Failure is a serious condition as with so many other illnesses out there. I’ve seen many other shows/movies where the renal issue was much more accurately depicted unlike in Joe’s story. The writers and producers of his story could have done a much better job. However, the bottom line is, that here is a man that went through so much, he finally stopped and listen to God and his life was changed forever as he now continues to make a difference so many children.s lives. The you again for your reply.

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