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8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 57 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 55 out of 57
  2. Negative: 1 out of 57

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  1. Nov 20, 2011
    10
    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. Jun 26, 2014
    10
    Unleashed is the best film from Jet Li. The action scenes are choreographed flawlessly and the story is smart and non-linear. Li shows he can act in this movie alongside the great Morgan Freeman. Hoskins is also surprisingly effective as the gangster who employs Li to do his dirty work by collecting debts from debtors who owe him. If they don't fork the debts over he unleashes Li on them by removing his collar. The story is also moving and ingeniously constructed for an action movie. One of my favourite movies by far, this one delivers in every area. Collapse
  3. Sep 22, 2014
    10
    One of the best action-dramas of 2005.
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  4. Sep 22, 2014
    10
    Jet Li, Morgan Freeman and Bob Hoskins are brilliant in this action drama. Jet Li's best movie so far.
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  5. Sep 22, 2014
    10
    An intense action movie that has an ingenious plot meshed with extraordinary acting by the cast.
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  6. Sep 22, 2014
    10
    One of my favourite action dramas of all time. Jet Li gives a remarkable, profound performance.
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  7. Oct 5, 2014
    10
    Bringing together a full on fight fest coreographed by Yuen woo ping and a heartfelt story of love and loss, this is truly marked as one of the high lights of jet li's career. At nearly ten years old, it still feels fresh and dynamic, evoking feelings of the old guy richie-esque style of cinemagrophy. The gritty realistic style of fighting combined with the warmth of innocence of welcoming family life, this truly is a movie that exceeds it's own frames and boundaries and manages to stake out a path of it's own. A definitive must watch. Expand
Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 31
  2. Negative: 2 out of 31
  1. 63
    Li is action poetry in motion. Damn them for spoiling our popcorn fun with salty tear-jerking.
  2. 10
    Cloying dreck.
  3. Reviewed by: Gregory Kirschling
    91
    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.