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Unleashed (2005)

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.

Director:

Louis Leterrier

Writer:

Luc Besson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jet Li ... Danny
Morgan Freeman ... Sam
Bob Hoskins ... Bart
Kerry Condon ... Victoria
Vincent Regan ... Raffles
Dylan Brown ... Lefty
Tamer Hassan ... Georgie
Michael Jenn ... Wyeth
Phyllida Law ... Distinguished Lady
Carole Ann Wilson ... Maddy
Mike Lambert Mike Lambert ... The Stranger
Jaclyn Tze Wey Jaclyn Tze Wey ... Danny's Mother
Puthirith Chou Puthirith Chou ... Teen Danny
Tony Theng Tony Theng ... Little Danny
Owen Lay Owen Lay ... Baby Danny
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Storyline

Two men cut off from the world in different ways become unlikely friends and protectors in this offbeat action drama. Danny (Jet Li) is a physically powerful but emotionally stunted man; never given any sort of proper education, Danny has learned little in his lifetime but how to fight, and his minder, Bart (Bob Hoskins), treats him more like a guard dog than anything else, using him in illegal no-holds-barred brawls that earn Bart plenty of money but only reinforce Danny's violent alienation. When Bart is injured in an auto accident, Danny is left to fend for himself, and stumbles upon Sam (Morgan Freeman), an elderly piano tuner who has lost his sight. Sam is the first person to treat Danny with kindness, and the music he plays soothes the troubled soul of the fighter. However, Danny's fighting skills soon come in handy when Sam runs afoul of a pack of small-time crooks who believe he knows too much about their operations.

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Certificate:

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Official Sites:

Rogue

Country:

France | USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 June 2005 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Unleashed See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

It has been considered that the film is a loose remake of the Kurt Russell film Soldier (1998). The film is about an emotionless futuristic combat soldier who was stolen at birth and trained to fight and kill, who is dumped and left to die on a garbage planet and lives among the survivors of a crashed spaceship and he sets out to defend his new home and his new family, when genetic engineered soldiers are ordered to kill the survivors and destroy the colony. This film is about a man who was enslaved as a child by his loan shark master and raised and trained as a fighter, who lives with his new family, a blind piano turner and his adopted daughter, when he is wounded in a ambush and he sets out to protect his new family and his new home, when his master sends his armed thugs after him. See more »

Goofs

Towards the beginning of the movie, as Bart is making his visits, the camera shoots a low angle of Bart removing Danny's collar. There is a sign on the building above them; the sign is backwards, indicating the film was flipped from the original shoot angle. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bart: Get 'em!
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Alternate Versions

The Europa Ultimate Edition of the film contains deleted scenes like:
  • 1) Danny admits to Sam that he 'hurts people'.
  • 2) An incomplete fight-sequence at a indoor car park.
  • 3) A 3D track shot inside the piano
  • ..and also U.S version scenes include:
  • 1) A longer montage of Bart taking Danny throughout Glasgow to collect money.
  • 2) Alternate ending: instead of ending with a close-up of Danny, it simply ends with the piano crawl.
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Sonata No. 11, in A Major, KV 331
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A Brutal-Yet-Touching Film
15 April 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See 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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