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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Distinguished Lady
Mike Lambert ...
Jaclyn Tze Wey ...
Danny's Mother
Puthirith Chou ...
Teen Danny
Tony Theng ...
Little Danny
Owen Lay ...
Baby Danny


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 »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

13 May 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Unleashed  »


Box Office


$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,900,901, 15 May 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$24,520,892, 10 July 2005

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$26,013,571, 5 January 2006
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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film was originally going to be called Danny the Dog before being changed to Unleashed. The original name can still be seen in the opening and closing credits as the name of one of the production companies. 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 »


[first lines]
Bart: Get 'em!
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Lindsay Lohan/Coldplay (2005) See more »


Round Midnight
(Cootie Williams / Thelonious Monk / Bernard Hanighen (as Bernie Hanighen))
(c) 1944 Advanced Music Corp
with courtesy of Warner Chappell Music France
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A Brutal-Yet-Touching Film
15 April 2007 | by See all my reviews

For a martial arts picture, "Unleashed" was above average because it had some heart and soul to it.....not just people beating the crap out of one another for two straight hours.

However, be wary of those who claim this isn't an action film. That's not true: there is a lot of action, quite a bit of brutality and profanity, mostly by Bob Hoskins' character "Bart" in this movie. Hoskins plays profane, nasty slave-owner who has locked up and trained "Danny" (Jet Li) to be the ultimate fighting machine. Once Danny is "unleashed" (literally) he's a killer and helps the gangster Bart in his criminal work.

Then, in a moment of further greed, Hoskins agrees to enter his man in a death match with a lot of money at stake. That match turns out to be a farce with Danny winning in a matter of seconds. The other promoter wants a rematch, and with more entertainment. In the meantime, however, Danny escapes his captors and winds up at the house of an older blind American, "Sam," played by Morgan Freeman. He and his 18-year-old daughter "Natalie" (Kelly Condon) befriend young Danny, slowly bringing him out of his "animal" state. Everyone discovers Danny has some very human characteristics and is basically a nice, gentle guy. The family helps uncover that through music (piano playing, to be exact). These are all touching scenes.

But then - and this is almost a cliché in these kind of films - the bad guy comes back, snatches him away and his former bad life comes back....except Danny is a changed man. How he can get out of this latest predicament and what happens to this new "adopted" family, takes up the rest of the story. That last part has the same thing: ultra-violent and touching scenes.

Jet Li does an excellent job in here, not only displaying his amazing physical talents but also showing us he has warmth in his face and heart.

Overall: a brutal, yet touching film: an odd combination.

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