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- Roll over, beg, play dead. Kill.
"Unleashed" is the tale of Danny (Jet Li) bred to be a killing machine. He wears a metal collar with little hasps and a catch on it: if the collar is released, he beats the Enemy to death.
That is his job, his purpose. He is exceedingly good at it
Until he finds out about the piano, and discovers there's more to life than treeing somebody else's quarry.
Now: "Unleashed" in many ways was poorly served by its trailer, which promised hyper-kinetic brutality, done fast and fierce and foolish, and delivered with skull-crunching finality by Jet Li (who plays Danny, the aforementioned Dog).
"Unleashed" is much less than that---it really moves at a snail's pace for an actioner, which no doubt rendered it a real sleeper when audiences got impatient for the thing to deliver the skull-whacking goods---but it's also something much more.
"Unleashed", for me, was a triple-roundhouse of the Unexpected: it's a marvellously intimate little flick, alternately brutal and tender, delivering at least four stunning performances (no, not Jet Li's feet and hands...sheesh), and serving up its engaging little tale with an unexpected dash of tenderness and whimsy.
It all goes down like a latter-day "Oliver Twist": Danny (Jet Li) plays the unwitting muscle to petty London crime-boss Bart (Bob Hoskins, who positively chomps the East-End scenery, strutting and fretting, screaming and spitting, and then getting all Mommy Dearest in a nasty motherly turn...brrrr). They drag him along to one extortion after another, and the business proposition is always the same: pay me, the collar stays on. Be difficult, the collar comes off, and Danny pounds you blokes into the pavement.
That is, until a well-heeled sadistic stranger gets a glimpse of Danny's rare art, and makes Bart a business proposition of a very different sort: bring the Dog to fight in a London gladiatorial arena and get paid top-dollar---er, top-Pound---for the bloodshed. Danny goes from being part of the show to the star attraction, but still has to sleep in a cage, wallow in his own blood, and eat oatmeal through a mesh screen. Where's Don King when ya need him?
Until a little unexpected vengeance---and a Deus Ex Machina with teeth---shows up, and Danny sets off alone into a forbidding world. And the movie either slows to a crawl, or really takes off, or a little of both, depending on your point of view.
Like "Oliver", Danny is set adrift in a world far less menacing---and certainly more confusing---than the one he knows, where he is at first tended by the goofy, awkward ministrations of Sam (Morgan Freeman, the only veteran actor I know who actually *chills*, man, *chills* when he chews scenery), a piano tuner, and his motormouth daughter Victoria (the delicious Kerry Condon, a quirky discovery).
Danny finds there is more to life than alternating bouts of bloodletting and idle disgrace: there is ice cream, and the piano, and music, and tenderness, and above all things, getting kissed.
The question is: will Bart and his vengeful Black Crew let him get away with a little R&R from Hell?
The really astonishing thing about "Unleashed" is just how good Jet Li is in this understated role: an exceptionally gifted physical actor, he can say more with furrowed brows and a glance than most can with reams of dialogue. Freeman and Condon are no slouches either; Freeman really gets his groove on with this oddly intimate little flick, and Condon sells the deal---or at least, just what is at stake.
But Bob Hoskins---my god!---Hoskins brings the flick alive with his Bart, a grim, grimy, feral, maniacal nightshade of a creature, a master manipulator, a man sunk so deeply in the Pit that he might even believe his own lies. How can tenderness and whimsy fare in the face of this white-suited Monster, who jockeys about his homely domain various ill-fated white luxury rides?
You'd be surprised.
Just goes to show that every dog really *does* have his day.
- Unflinching, offbeat and intriguing action film
Trained from childhood to become a killing machine for a mobster (Bob Hoskins), Danny (Jet Li) is literally a caged animal. When bills need to be collected upon, the gang brings Danny along. If payment isn't made, they release him from his steel leash and Danny becomes a barbaric war machine of unspeakable fury, using lightning-quick hands, feet, elbows, head-butts, and any other tool at hand in staccato blasts. The gang always gets paid.
But when his boss crosses the wrong crew one day, Danny suddenly finds himself wounded badly, bewildered and homeless. With no social skills whatsoever, he staggers back to the scene of one of his recent battles, where a piano and a blind piano-tuner (Morgan Freeman) had briefly captured his attention. Bleeding profusely, Danny collapses at Sam's feet.
Recognizing that Danny has special needs, Sam and his adopted daughter nurse the youth back to health and begin to integrate him into polite society. Danny becomes a set of eyes for Sam, helping with chores like shopping and escorting Victoria back and forth to school. Over a period of weeks, Danny becomes an adoptive member of the family. It is on a typical daily shopping sojourn that one of the old gang spots Danny. It turns out that Bart, the boss, has survived to live another day. He wants his old enforcer back in the fold. And this is where things get really ugly.
Li, Hoskins and Freeman all do fine work here. Hoskins obviously has the part of Glasgow mobster mastered and you probably couldn't find a more convincing actor to play the role. Freeman is, well, Freeman. He's convincing without being overwhelming and is the warm, stable center of the film. And Li is not only a gifted fighter, he's also convincing as a human being raised in unspeakable living conditions. All told, the film is far more than a cookie-cutter action flick. It's enjoyable, escapist fun with some pretty fine acting to help drive the story....more info
- fantastic, emotional story with brutal action
basically its a story of hope, redemption, and rebirth. Danny(Jet Lee) has been raised as nothing more than an attack dog for his entire life(that he can remember). he has been forced to hurt. forced to kill. he never gets anything in return for the atrocities. he is forced to live in a cage. its the first movie in a while that actually made me care for any characters.
one day a hit is taken out on his owner and company. after things quiet down and the smoke clears Danny is the only man left breathing. he takes his first steps out of the car and to freedom.
He ends up being taken in by a blind Morgan Freeman and his step daughter. their kindness awakens the humanity inside Danny.
i dont want to elaborate on the story beyond that. ill just say this was an amazing movie, and anyone should see it (even non action fans)
great action, great story, great soundtrack, and great acting(the most and best acting ive ever seen from Jet Lee)
apparently the violence was a bit much for some. now, while it was the most brutal violence ive scene in its own stylized subgenre, theres deffinitely more violent fights out there. if the sound of bones bones breaking bothers you, walk away....more info
Let me start by saying that I'm a huge martial arts movie fan. And yet . . . this was a movie I had to work to sit through. On the positive side, the fight scenes were some of the best I've ever seen. Jet Li is incredible, and I'll see any movie he's in.
On the negative side, this is a movie with the kind of plot holes one expects in a 1970s-era Hong Kong chop-sockey film, not in something with Bob Hoskins and Morgan Freeman. At times it bordered on silly.
Among the many distracting holes, Li's character has been enslaved by Hoskins, and is then taken in by Freeman and his step daughter. In the few months that they care for him, they don't seem all that disturbed by his almost complete lack of knowledge of the world. Then, when the team reunites with Hoskins, Hoskins still has injuries from the incident that separated him from Li, despite the passage of a few months and Li's complete recovery. Silly. I could go on, but you get the drift.
This is one to rent or catch on HBO, unless you are a collector of martial arts films or a big Jet Li fanatic....more info
- One of Li's Better Performances & Films... next to Hero !!!
Unleashed tells the tragic tale of a man who has been enslaved literally as a dog for most of his life. His captor/master, Uncle Bart, utilizes Danny's lethal fighting skills to supply the brawn for his selfsih financial gain and underground criminal machinations(entering Danny into human fighting arena matches--- the equivalent of illegal dogfights---afterall, Danny IS a dog to Bart).Uncle Bart is no uncle.He collects from those who owe him big time. Any trouble, and Bart unleashes Danny as insurance to collect his profits!...When not being used as a killing machine, Danny spends his time in an imprisoned hell beneath a caged floor in Bart's central lair.He looks at a child's book. Whether he can read or not is another matter.The book is very symbolic like a timepiece or watch that has been stopped by an outside traumatic and blunt force. The book is a painful remnant of the early age and childhood that was stolen or stopped by something or someone.As a viewer you want to know how Bart acquired Danny like a prize fighting bulldog or an enslaved subhuman creature for his sadistic musings. What is Bart's connection to Danny's past?It is a very important marker in his life. Soon, Danny begins to question his self worth and wants answers about his past,family,mother, which he has no clear recollection due to early childhood trauma.Danny is asking the kind of questions Uncle Bart doesn't like. Bart always finds ways to deflect those questions...Then, an event occurs which releases Danny from the vile clutches of Bart into the free world. Danny is befriended by a blind man named Sam and his daughter Victoria who take him in. Sam, a piano tuner and restorer, is the father figure and mentor that Danny so desperately needs in his life. Sam is the voice of reason,logic,intelligence and civilized culture.He begins to instill in Danny his true worth as a human being as a man in the realm of human civility. Is Danny's new found family and freedom too good to be true, is it all a cruel hoax? Will something from his past catch up to him that will destroy his new world and family? With the help of Sam and Victoria, Danny begins to put the pieces into the puzzle in the hopes that he can locate his mother for more answers to his childhood and enslavement. However, time is running out, as a dark shadow of the past is about to catch up to him....
Unleashed is absolutely not what I expected. In fact, the first 15-20 minutes, at least to me, began to bore an uncanny resemblance to Guy Ritchie's Snatch. Right down to having a British character whose street dialect was difficult to decode at times (Bob Hoskins as Uncle Bart). Some of the comical and sarcastic banter between Bart and his thugs resembles that type of comedic angle used in Snatch.The music provided by Massive Attack also gave an ambient feel of the similar music used in Snatch.Fighting sound effects are slightly muted to almost non existant.Massive Attack is not only the soundtrack music but also the effects for this film's key fighting sequences! Low and behold, Unleashed is no Snatch. All similarites end there...Instead, Luc Besson's film style(despite the fact only being credited as a writer or producer) is stamped all over. Think of a male version of the French original La Femme Nikita with it's industrial and gritty look and feel.It's the pygmallion theory put into effect for a man.There are also tones of Leon;The Professional presently and sporadically placed throughout Unleashed. It's all very stylized but for the story's soul purpose and not for superficial show.
Jet Li over the years has developed a popular cult(an oxymoron?) status for those who like martial arts action films with pretty good and palpable story lines. He is not Jackie Chan. Nothing against Chan, but Li adds that innate quality that keeps his audience's attention.His dialogue in most films is very limited. What he does express is the meaning of those words through his intense eyes and powerful physical fighting gestures. Chan's acting and martial arts skills are often too smooth,choreagraphed,and just downright lighthearted that say, "I'm an entertainer". Li's all seem to say, "I take this all very seriously and to heart!" Just two completely different martial arts actors with different styles.Jet Li's moves are more raw and natural, and still manage to hit the target...As for his acting skills, he does turn in a much more stable and better performance than what I have seen him turn in in the past (including Hero, though Hero was a cinematic work of art in it's own rights).Don't be fooled, but there is an intense underlying emotive quality ( maybe not in this film for some) that in a future project, he will unleash(please, no pun intended) stronger acting capabilities...
While Morgan Freeman's Sam may be playing second fiddle to Li's character, he still handles his limited screen time persona with all the finesse and dedication of a true actor. Sometimes showing less is more. He could have turned in an over-the-top performance as a blind man a la Ray Charles/Jamie Foxx. He didn't.He could have hogged the screen, yet he humbled his role quite a bit.Afterall, it is the actor's service to contribute to the story telling of a film and not the other way around (can't always be the larger than life central character).It's refreshing to see most major and seasoned actors take these small screen time character roles.It shows that they have not grown into a swollen head and that they strongly believe in their craft. It was a wonderful performance piece.I liked it very much!
Bob Hoskins portrays one nasty son of a gun the likes I have never seen him play before (maybe I have missed one of his past films as the bad guy,don't know).His thick British,cockney street lingo is so thick , yet so befitting for his role. To think this was a role that would have gone to Anthony (Hannibal Lecter)Hopkins or Michael Caine. Both of those actors are too dignified and a tad laid back to play the level of nastiness and under the surface level of sarcastic comedic wit required for Uncle Bart.I mean all of this in a complimentary and of utmost respectful way to Bob Hoskins and his acting chops! By comedic, just look at the scenes where Bart has to do his own fighting due to Danny's "lack" of obedience or absence. Bart looks downright like a bumbling buffoon. Glad Hoskin's (not Hopkins) got the role!
If anything, just see Unleashed for it also contains very strong emotional elements and twists that actually surprised me for a Li film. The closing or ending fade out scene with Li is a heartbreaking one that is both undeniably memorable and a stamp of approval that Li can act !...more info
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- Very Disappointed
I have seen both the R and Unrated version and this review speaks to both versions. I was quite surprised to see the positive reviews of this movie. I am a big Li fan and really enjoy his movies. This movie doesn't work for me and is quite corny, borderline Van Dam'ish or (recent) Seagal movie. To know where I'm coming from, I enjoy realistic (as realistic as you can get with these movies) fighting scenes. Although exaggerated for the big screen, you can still see the basis/foundation of the Li's fighting moves which I always enjoy. I never go into these movies expecting Oscar winning plot lines and acting, but there has to be a minimal level of each to support the fighting. The problem is the contrast between Morgan Freeman and Jet Li. You can't help but wonder "What is Morgan Freeman doing in this movie?" He's a very good actor that seems so out of place (he's too good). Jet Li's acting through the transition of his character from pure animal that will wipe out an army at the snap of a finger to a soft spoken uber-kind victim is way off. There are these soft, sappy, corny scenes when Li meets up with Morgan and his "daughter" that are unwatchable...I'm on the Fast Forward button through all this (because it just went on way too long)..there is no place for the soft side of Jet Li in these movies, except to be funny, e.g., Romeo Must Die or to mourn the death of a love one which triggers a massacre. Also, writer/director never develop Li's character enough for you to sympathize or feel his pain. Of course what happened to him was bad, but it just isn't enough to tie it all together. The whole piano thing is ...well..who knows--you'll judge for yourself if you watch the movie. In the end, I shouldn't even have to think this much when I watch these movies--that's not the point. The point is butt kicking (maybe even a little comedy) and good Kung Fu. It's worth catching on cable (for the fight scenes), but it is definitely not worth owning on DVD or buying on PPV. I hate to knock a Li movie, but it hurt to watch this one...
- Don't Make Me Take My Collar Off!!!!
This is a cool martial arts flick that has heart. Its not just about fighting. Its along the lines of Jackie Chan's Heart of the Dragon in that both films show people caring for each other. Both movies show characters who are mentally handicapped and are helped by someone. The non-violence side of the movie shows that Jet Li can really act. That only makes the action scenes where violence is needed all the more better. The martial arts scenes are execellent with Li fighting like a mad, stray dog. Some of the best fighting is in the pit scenes, especially when weapons are dropped in. It isn't as good as Fearless or the Once Upon a Time in China, Tsui Hark series but it does have better acting between Morgan Freeman and Jet Li then pervious Li movies....more info
- I love Jet Li but I hate this movie
This is one of those movies where you know 2-5 minutes into it, it's going to be a stupid flick. And you know what- it delivers on that on sooo many levels. I think what bothered me about it is the movie tried to have heart. It's almost like a plot was trying to form about halfway through the movie.
Bob Hoskins and Morgan Freeman were too great for this film- very weird to see them stoop down to such a dumb, violent film.
Jet Li can be seen in better fight scenes from Once Upon A Time In China, Forbidden Kingdom, Fearless, Hero and even Romeo Must Die.
- Transcending Evil, Discovering Humanity
Luc Besson's signature style is all over the writing of this very fine little film. His ability to push the buttons on the most violent screen business while gradually developing a tale of warm sentiment is well served by director Louis Leterrier and a perfect cast of actors. UNLEASHED is one of the few examples of how martial arts and bona fide drama can be mutually supportive in creating a film that is at once thrillingly athletic and gently tender.
Bart (Bob Hoskins) is a brutish loan shark thug who makes his 'collections' accompanied by his 'dog' Danny (Jet Li), a silent man Bart has raised form childhood to be a caged killer, a human with a dog collar that when removed unleashes a ferocious beast who kills on command of his master Bart. Bart keeps him in a cage, feeds him, and uses him solely for his criminal doings. Danny unleashed is simply a Pavlovian animal and when the collar is replaced, he becomes docile with the sad eyes of a puppy.
During a 'collection' gone bad, Danny escapes and finds shelter in an antique shop basement where he meets blind piano tuner Sam (Morgan Freeman), a gentle man who gradually introduces Danny to music, trains him as his assistant, and introduces him to his 'family' - his step daughter Victoria (Kerry Condon). With the two of these welcoming, tender people Danny discovers how beautiful life can be. The story from this point is how Danny chooses between his Pavlovian response life as a killer and the simple life of Sam and Victoria. The journey is not without stressors and it is a difficult transition that keeps the viewer on seat's edge.
The wonder of this film lies in the extraordinary performances not usually associated with martial arts films. Jet Li does some of his finest athletic fighting on film, but thankfully at the same time creates a character who is multidimensional and memorable - a very fine acting job by Li. Bob Hoskins is brilliant as the despicably cruel Bart, Morgan Freeman adds a luster to his fine portrayal of blind Sam, and Kerry Condon makes Victoria zany and lovable at the same time. The action is superbly captured by cinematographer Pierre Morel with the aura of darkness in Danny's caged life serving as a perfect foil to the martial arts sequences. In short, this is a fine little film about characters worth knowing and provides audiences with both action and drama of a very high level of achievement. Grady Harp, September 06
- Great movie
What can I say? It's a good action movie with a decent enough plot. I'm a fan!...more info
- very intense.
just finished watching it. don't wan't to use capital letters for a while. it was that intense. damn. intense....more info
- What a great surprise of a movie!!
From the time I saw the previews at the movies I thought, that'd be a cool movie to watch. And one day on cable I saw it listed and decided to give it a try. What a great surprise!! I really, really liked this movie. It really reminds me of the other Luc Besson movie "The Professional". It was great the way the character who was an animal (or treated as one) became a whole different person. Jet Li really did a great job acting. I really believed his character. He didn't over-act, or play it too much outside. The fight scenes were incredible. Choreographed very, very well.
I highly recommend this movie to anyone who wants a good action movie with a great story. I think with actors such as Morgan Freeman and Bob Hoskins, the movie has some weight to it. Not to say Jet Li couldn't carry the movie, but, when you have great actors other than Li, it really gives the movie credence. Great job on the casting. Check this movie out. It's really worth it....more info
- I want a dog like danny
I think people are looking to far into this movie. Of course it could never happen and the story is not to original. Is it entertaining? yes very much so. Does Jet Lee kick ass and take names? He does some of his most brutal fighting ever. Does the supporting cast breath life to the script. Of course, Bob Hoskins and Morgan Freeman should allready be in the actors hall of fame.
If you are a Jet Lee fan why are you reading this go buy now....more info
This movie was packed full of action and very well configured fighting.
Jet Li did a wonderful acting and fighting job as always....more info
- "You're a dog! You're my dog! "
"Unleashed" is dark and action-packed, combining elements of noir with martial arts. While the premise may not be all that believable, it's already understood that when you see one of these movies, you're going to have to suspend the rules of reality to buy into it all. If you do that, then you're on your way to enjoying a different type of fight/action movie.
Danny isn't your typical guy. In fact, it's hard to find any signs of humanity in him as he's been brought up by a ruthless and heartless crime boss, who has literally brought Danny up as nothing more than a dog. He uses Danny to do his dirty work. When he takes the collar off, Danny does his bidding and turns into a violent killing machine. When the collar is on, he's shy, harmless and not so responsive to the world outside of him. When an "accident" happens where Danny is able to escape, he's taken care of by a blind piano tuner, Sam. Him and his stepdaughter try to show Danny a life outside of the darkness. Things get complicated when the crime boss wants Danny back, and is willing to do anything in his power to make it so. In order to protect the ones he loves, Danny will have to transform himself into the fighting machine he was trained to be.
The action in the movie is very rapid and fast-pace, but they give you enough space for story and character development. The look and feel of it really drags you into this dark and raw atmosphere, which is why we can buy into everything that happens. Make no mistake, you're not going to walk away from "Unleashed" with the hopes of seeing a modern masterpiece, or something very thought-provoking and awe-inspiring. It is an action movie with a cool twist to it and nothing more. Take it for what it is and you'll be able to appreciate it for what it is.
As violent as this movie can get, I was actually expecting more carnage and mayhem, although I have to say that the fight sequences that are in the movie are stunning and amazing. Jet Li has all of the moves and nobody can take that away from him. Also, it was neat to see an action movie presented in such a fashion that I hadn't experienced before. Again, the story may not be completely plausible, but does it really have to be? In this kind of movie, you realize that anything goes. It's a question of if you're allowed to be dragged into the movie and go for the ride. The DVD includes some behind the scenes featurettes, music videos, and also allows you to watch the Unrated version or the Extended version. I don't know what the difference is, so I just went along with the Unrated version.
"Unleashed" is a dark and enjoyable action flick with a very nice overall presentation. Those who don't like violent fight movies would be wise to stay away, but for everybody else I can honestly say it's worth giving it a shot. It's not a masterpiece, but it is something. It's nice to see that the same thing isn't being done over and over again and that people are using different approaches and presentations to these martial arts movies. -Michael Crane...more info
- Amazed Again
Jet Li has been with me since Leathal Weapon 4. That was an amazing first impression on me. In this film he really amazed me not only with his martial arts but with the character of Danny. His acting amazing. Another worth every penny!...more info
- An original drama that proves Jet Li can do more than just beat up bad guys
Unleashed is about a man named "Danny the Dog" (Jet Li), raised like an animal since childhood and trained to unquestioningly obey his master (Bob Hoskins). With his collar on, he is docile and emotionless, but when his master takes it off he turns into a powerful, unstoppable killing machine. When Danny is injured and separated from his master, he is taken in by a kind old piano tuner, Sam (Morgan Freeman) and his equally friendly granddaughter, Victoria (Kerry Condon). With their compassion and the solace that Danny finds in learning to play the piano, he tries to regain his humanity and escape physically, mentally, and emotionally from the oppression that had been forced on him for so long.
Directed by Louis Leterrier, Unleashed deals with familiar themes, but within completely different circumstances. Sure we've seen movies about people who were trained since they were young to kill, and we've seen movies about dogs that run away from their abusive owners, but combining the two concepts creates a very original and intriguing storyline. Though it seems like it could easily become weighed down by its implausibility, Li's honest portrayal of Danny makes everything work. That kind of extreme contrast, of being a violent murderer and yet still being nayve and innocent, is incredibly hard to pull off, but Li does it flawlessly. Hoskins also does an excellent job as the cruel antagonist of the story, and the scenes when Li's character confronts him are all intensely convincing.
If you haven't guessed by now, this is not a typical Jet Li martial arts movie. It focuses more on the drama and underlying emotions than on the fights themselves, but that's not to say the fight scenes weren't extremely well-done. All of the fights were elaborate enough to be interesting without being over the top, keeping the special effects at a refreshing minimum. And even though these scenes were also very gory, the bloody violence was used to show the contrast between the two worlds that Danny becomes engulfed in; it wasn't just thrown in for looks.
The only thing about this movie that annoyed me enough to comment on it was Freeman and Condon's characters. Both actors did a great job with their parts, but...how many people would unconditionally take in some mystery man that they found on the streets who wouldn't even tell them his real name and who hid under the bed whenever they tried to bring him food? As much as I'd love to believe otherwise, pure-hearted philanthropists like that are one in a million, and the fact that Danny just happens to encounter two of them is almost too coincidental. Almost. But everyone was so perfectly cast and the story flowed so smoothly that for 1 hour and 43 minutes I could just forget about that minor detail.
Unleashed has just the right mix of drama and action, with a nice touch of humor, to create a truly compelling movie. It takes fears and desires that many of us have felt before and portrays them in new and original context. Recommended for fans of music, Jet Li, or good movies in general....more info
- Great Action Film
If you love Jet Li and his incredible acrobatic martial art skills, then this one is for you. Being an English speaking picture they had to work around Jet's limited English. The story however is perfect for that. Jet is a killing machine that has literally been raised like a dog by a cruel master who uses him to enforce his extortion racket as well as using him to fight in an illegal combat arena where victory only comes with your opponents death. Li escapes his lifelong captures and takes up with a blind piano tuner(Morgan Freeman) and his daughter who teach him that there is something more to life than killing. But of course his former master wants him back and all hell breaks lose. This is a great action picture with a pretty good story if you suspend a little belief. For example there are no police around despite daylight street fights and gun battles, and no one ever questions why a rag tag Jet Li is walking around with a dog collar on. But don't let that ruin a good picture for you....more info
- Better than average chop sockey film
these movies usually don't have any plot, but this one does, sort of. the always adorable and action packed Jet Li is a orphan raised by his cruel master as a dog he even has to wear a dog collar. When master says sic-um, he does. One of master's clients crashes his car and Jet gets free. Now, here it gets a little hokey, he meets blind piano tuner, the great Morgan Freeman in his 3,000th movie role this year, he seems to be in everything. Jet is invited to live with him and his step-daughter, everything is comfy, cozey for a while until Jet is recognized on the street by one of his former master's thugs. So, back he goes to fighting, but now he refuses, master don't like that so master and his thugs try to kill Jets adopted family, naturally Jet wins because he only had to beat up 300 armed thugs. And everything is right with the world again. This was ok, and little differenct from Jet's usual plotted movies. Enjoy! ...more info
- The best Jet Li vehicle in years
After getting stuck in a few pointless, hip-hop flavored actioners paired with DMX, Jet Li finds himself in the best film he's starred in in years. He plays Danny, a man conditioned to be nothing more than a violent dog by a ruthless gangster named Bart (Bob Hoskins) who manages to escape and finds shelter with a kindly, blind pianist (Morgan Freeman) and his step-daughter (Kerry Condon). Naturally, Bart and his goons come looking for Danny, who soon proves that you can teach an old dog new tricks. While the action is brilliantly coreographed, it's Li's sympathetic and vulnerable turn as the tortured Danny that makes Unleashed worth checking out, and Hoskins is a rabid dog himself as the obscenity spewing gangster. Unleashed is undoubtadly the best mainstream domestic Jet Li vehicle you'll see, and here's hoping that Li and writer/producer Luc Besson team up again down the road....more info
- the most unique, modern day martial arts film
I love this movie. It is one of the most unique marial arts films in a very long time. And teamin up Jet and Morgan Freeman? I thought the world would explode from the sheer awesomeness of such a combination. Both actors deliver an amazing and believable performance. Often times Jet is just Jet, the same guy in most movies. In Unleashed, he really took on his character. It is a much more brutal film than many of his other films, but a great story with a great cast. Definetly check this out. If you're a martial arts fan, this is a must-have....more info