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Unleashed (2005)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  13 May 2005 (USA)
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A man enslaved by the mob since childhood and raised into behaving like a human attack dog escapes his captors and attempts to start a new life.



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A man treated like a dog and raised as a fighting machine his entire life, ends up in a coma and is taken in the care of good people, but his sinister owner is looking to retrieve his most prized possession: a non stop human weapon triggered by the collar leashed on his neck. Written by mystic80

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Chained by Violence. Freed by Music See more »

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Rated R for strong violent content, language and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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13 May 2005 (USA)  »

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Box Office


$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,924,204 (France) (4 February 2005)


$381,492 (Brazil) (11 November 2005)

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Morgan Freeman's character Sam was at first not blind at all. After hearing from a piano school for the blind (with a very high reputation, and where the scholars developed their hearing), Freeman had the idea of making his character blind because like this it is easier for Sam to "see" the child in Jet Li's character, and not the brutal killer. See more »


The same Land Rover is seen again despite being destroyed in an earlier scene. The G274 HDS number plate reveals this. See more »


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Bart: Get 'em!
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Drama, not an action movie
12 May 2005 | by (Paris & NYC) – See all my reviews

Unleashed is the touching story of Danny (Jet Li) who as a young boy was brought harshly by a loanshark (Bob Hoskins) and was trained to kill once his dog collar is removed. Although Danny was brought up as a dog, he is human, and through the intervention of music and the care and love of a blind piano tuner (Morgan Freeman), and his stepdaughter (Kerry Condon), Danny discovers another side of life.

Unleashed is not an action movie. There certainly are some spectacular fight scenes, but the emphasis is put on the relationship between Morgan Freeman and his stepdaughter, and Jet Li, and on the development of Danny's "humanity". Danny yearns for more than just killing; he discovers music and is saved by it. Music also plays a key role in his self-discovery as it awakens long-lost memories of his childhood.

For the first time, the audience are treated to Jet Li's true acting capabilities. Jet Li seems genuine and earnest--perhaps this is because the actor openly acknowledges that this film is close to his heart: as a Buddhist, Jet Li is against violence, and this film portrays the fight between humanity and violence.

This drama is a surprising break from usual martial arts movies. The fact that the number of action scenes is limited is counter-balanced by Yuen Wo Ping's masterful choreography; do not expect a fight-fest. Do however expect an unpretentious touching story featuring good actors with a few spectacular action scenes.

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