DVD TV Show Reviews
Unleashed (Unrated Edition) (2005)
Review by Suzanne
I expected this to be your typical martial arts film, but I was
pleasantly surprised. It was a good film. The acting was top-notch, the
fight scenes were great, and it had a good and interesting story. I can't decide
if it is a martial-arts film with a good story, or a good story with
martial-arts, but either way it worked out well.
Jet Li plays Danny, who has been raised by a mobster (Bob
Hoskins) to be a killing machine. The mobster has treated Danny literally
like a dog, locking him up in a cage when he's not using him to attack the
people who owe him money and won't pay up. He keeps a collar on Danny and
only takes it off when he wants him to fight. Danny inadvertently meets a
blind piano tuner (Morgan Freeman) and later Danny goes to live with him when he
thinks the mobster has been killed. The first part is just very violent,
but after he goes to live with the piano tuner, it is all about how Danny
discovers the world and is starting to act like a real human being.
Eventually Danny finds out the mobster is not dead; also, Danny
wants to find out what happened to his mother. A lot of interesting things
happen, including more violence, as Danny tries to stay at his new life without
endangering the piano tuner and his step-daughter, who are threatened by the
mobster. The story is about finding the strength and courage to keep your
freedom and say no to violence.
If I thought all martial arts films were like this, I would
watch them. Somehow, I doubt that they are. Real martial arts fans
may think there is not enough fighting and too much story. The fighting is
great and, from what I gather, more realistic than Jet Li's fighting in other
movies because he wanted it to look very real.
If you don't watch violent movies, you may be either disgusted
or bored by the violence. However, it's worth hanging around to watch the
rest of the story. This may be the one movie where the violence is not
If you just like action and a good story, you will also love
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