Unleashed (Blu Ray) (2005)
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|Martial-arts superstar Jet Li delivers a breakout performance in Unleashed - the gripping, action-packed story about a man raised from childhood by a ruthless crime boss (Academy Award nominee Bob Hoskins) who becomes a violent killing machine. When a blind piano tuner (Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman) takes him in, Danny (Li) tries to start a new life, but his brutal past follows him, forcing him to fight back. Featuring breathtaking fight choreography by Yuen Wo Ping (The Matrix and Kill Bill: Volumes 1 & 2), Unleashed is a non-stop showcase of "sensational martial-arts sequences? (Roger Ebert, Ebert & Roeper).|
"...top-grade... Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"One of the best Sunday Afternoon action flicks since the glory days of Schwarzenegger. Michael Ferraro, Film Threat
"Jet Li lets fly with his fists and feet of fury. Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"The most enjoyable film Besson has had his name on in eons. Scott Foundas, L.A. Weekly
Editor's NoteMartial arts superstar Jet Li reteams with French writer-director Luc Besson (KISS OF THE DRAGON) in this psychological action film shot in Glasgow, Scotland. Li stars as Danny, a human attack dog for a powerful mobster he calls Uncle Bart (Bob Hoskins, looking resplendent in white suit after white suit). When Bart and his men go out on their collection runs, they bring Danny, who has been trained since he was a child to fight to kill. When Bart takes Danny's collar off and commands, "Get 'im," Danny goes to work, an unstoppable machine, using the only weapon he knows: his body. But when a turf war ends up in bloody carnage, Danny escapes and is taken in by a kind family consisting of blind piano tuner Sam (Morgan Freeman) and his teenage stepdaughter, Victoria (Kerry Condon). They teach Danny how to be a real person, to be able to act civilly in society. They also allow Danny to explore his love of the piano, where a specific tune haunts him, bringing up repressed memories from his long-ago past. Just when Danny thinks he has escaped from his former life, he is pulled back in, but he is no longer the trained dog Bart thinks he is. Written by Besson and directed by Louis Letterier (THE TRANSPORTER), UNLEASHED is a gripping, heart-wrenching film fueled by the music of Massive Attack and a relentless visual style. And having taken acting lessons for the first time in his career, Li more than holds his own in the presence of such masters as Hoskins and Freeman.
Cast & Crew
|Carole Ann Wilson|
|Jacques Bufnoir - Production Designer|
|Luc Besson - Screenwriter|
|Steven Chasman - Producer|
|Massive Attack - Music Performer(s)|
|Jet Li - Producer|
|Olivier Beriot - Costume Designer|
|Nicolas Trembasiewicz - Editor|
|Yuen Woo-ping - Martial Arts Choreography|
|Luc Besson - Producer|
|Pierre Morel - Director of Photography|
|Louis Leterrier - Director|