Directed By: Louis Leterrier Starring: Jet Li Morgan Freeman

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A gripping action-packed story about a man raised from childhood by a ruthless crime boss. When a blind piano tuner takes him in, danny tries to start a new life, but his brutal past follows him, forcing him to fight back.


Studio Universal Home Video
SKU 40720560
UPC 025192636325
UPC 14 00025192636325
Format DVD
Release Date 1/17/2006
Rating Rating
Teenage Girls
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Martial 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.
Rolling Stone "Li is action poetry in motion." 05/19/2005 p.85
New York Times "The infinitely silly, unconscionably entertaining action film UNLEASHED earns most of its juice from the martial-arts star Jet Li, the eminent martial-arts choreographer Yuen Wo Ping and the fine British actor Bob Hoskins in full terrifying lather." 05/13/2005 p.E13
Entertainment Weekly "[H]eartfelt, heart-stopping....Bounding out of the gate like a greyhound, UNLEASHED needs only its first 30 seconds or so to elevate itself well above the average action potboiler." 05/20/2005 p.53
USA Today "The staging and editing of several fights are tops even by the standards of Yuen Wo-Ping..." 05/13/2005 p.6E
Louis Leterrier
Jet Li
Morgan Freeman
Cast & Crew
Bernard Grenet - Executive Producer
Bob Hoskins - Actor
Jacques Bufnoir - Production Designer
Jet Li - Actor
Jet Li, et. al. - Producer
Kerry Condon - Actor
Louis Leterrier - Director
Luc Besson - Writer
Massive Attack, et. al. - Original Music By
Morgan Freeman - Actor
Nicolas Trembasiewicz - Editor
Pierre Morel - Cinematographer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2005
Catalog ID 26363
UPC 00025192636325
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 102 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review Unleashed is two radically different movies fused into one. On their own, each of the films might have stood a chance of working, but, brought together in concert, the radical shifts in tone create a weird dichotomy that will distract and disorient some viewers. As if that isn't bad enough, the storyline contains elements that are so patently ridiculous that you half-expect members of the Monty Python troupe to show up on screen to say, "And now for something completely differentÉ"
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 6
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review The film is ingenious in its construction. It has all the martial arts action any Jet Li fan could possibly desire, choreographed by Yeun Wo-ping, who is the Gerald Arpino of kung-fu and creates improbable but delightful ballets of chops and socks, leaps and twists and kicks and improvisations. Everything happens in a denatured sepia tone that is not black and white nor quite color, but a palette drained of cheer and pressing down like a foggy day.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Widescreen, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1), No Longer Produced
Jeff Vice, Desert News, Salt Lake City Unleashed is easily [Li's] best, most consistently exciting film in quite some time.
Lou Lumenick, New York Post Unleashed...is top-grade...

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