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  • Summary: On and beneath the meanest streets of Glasgow, fiery gangster Bart (Hoskins) is merciless with debtors, would-be rivals, and anyone else to whom he even takes a passing dislike. How does Bart maintain his chokehold? Through his unwitting enforcer Danny (Li), who he has "raised" since boyhood. (Rogue Pictures) Expand
  • Director: Louis Leterrier
  • Genre(s): Action, Drama, Thriller, Romance, Crime, Music
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Runtime: 102 min
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 31
  2. Negative: 2 out of 31
  1. Reviewed by: Gregory Kirschling
    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.
  2. Pierre Morel's diving, spiraling camera keeps pace with Yuen Wo-ping's rapid-fire fight choreography, all smartly directed by Louis Leterrier.
  3. The simple, unpretentious storytelling of Unleashed is a rarity in the glut of underwritten and overproduced action films that dominate American screens today.
  4. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    Ultimately, the movie doesn't make it, but there's enough going on to make it more arf than barf.
  5. Reviewed by: Lisa Nesselson
    Slick transitions and punchy pace leave just enough time for Hopkins and Freeman to make dopey dialogue sound far smarter than it is. And as both pit bull and puppy dog, Jet Li convinces.
  6. 50
    Doing nothing special, Freeman manages to make the picture seem wiser, funnier, and more eloquent than it is.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 31
  2. Negative: 1 out of 31
  1. Nov 20, 2011
    Unleashed (a.k.a. Danny The Dog) is a gangster-fairytale-martial arts-drama about a man who not only was never given the chance to grow up, but was raised as a dog. I've seen hundreds of martial arts action films and I have no problem saying that Unleashed is easily one of the best English language martial arts action films of all-time! Not only was the action on point but the acting was actually good. Morgan Freeman does a decent enough job (not his best work) but Bob Hoskins blew me away as the wicked uncle! The biggest surprise though was the dramatic chops of Jet Li! He displays a childlike innocence in this role that makes you actually care what happens to him so you end up truly feeling for his character. He gives a stellar emotional and physical performance as an actor, everything from his posture to his emotionally expressive, soulful eyes. He takes you on a journey from animalistic pit-bull-like ferocity to docile puppy-like innocence, curiosity, and vulnerability. You experience moments of humor, drama, & edge of your seat-brutal action sequences! I know some people were put off by the quieter sections of the film when the studio marketed it as some sort of non-stop action flick, but the truth is this movie has heart... Which I find refreshing for this type of film. Simply put, Unleashed was off-the-chain! P.S. Just a WARNING: I own the dvd and when you first put it in it gives you a choice between the Unrated & Extended versions of the film... DO NOT WATCH the extended version for the first viewing! The extended sections ruin the fight scenes with poor video and audio quality, I don't even think they added sound effects. Expand
  2. stanleyh.
    Oct 27, 2005
    One of jet li's best.
  3. MaxS
    Nov 24, 2005
    One of the best films I've seen recently, with a lovely mix of wonderfully-done action and an excellent storyline that's both substantially different and substantially superior to the average martial arts film. Expand
  4. Jake
    Sep 25, 2005
  5. BillS.
    Oct 20, 2005
    I did not expect to like this movie, but boy was I surprised! Bob Hoskins is phenomenal as Danny's "owner", Morgan Freeman does his usual excellent job, and Jet Li can act (really!). The fighting scenes were good (but that is what you'd expect from a Jet Li movie), but the surprise is the tender, moving family scenes with Morgan Freeman. The contrast between the two worlds is effective, making this an excellent movie. Expand
  6. [Anonymous]
    Dec 10, 2005
    Definitely a strong action movie, and Yuen Mo Ping's work is always welcome. The biggest surprise, though, is the story. It's not totally new, but it's quite well done for this genre, giving the whole film a fresh, even epic feel. THe premise of trying to fit in a new world and leaving the old behind also holds your interest. Expand
  7. DanV
    Dec 24, 2006
    This was not a good movie...the fight scenes were hardly exciting and full of awkward scenes...i constantly squirmed watching the movie as so many scenes were just plain stupid...i really don't understand how ppl can give this movie such a high rating. Expand

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