Jet Li, what have you gotten yourself into this time? It seems Mr. Kung Fu himself has been a bad boy and is being more than treated as such in "Unleashed". But was he really that bad? Did he deserve to have his sense of self reduced to that of a lapping dog following his master through a crime-ridden world? Where did he go wrong? Was there something else that could have been done?
Seems like his master, Bart(Hoskins) has been grooming Danny(Li) for years, but not to be a good man, but a rabid Pit Bull! Yeah, that's right. Uncle Bart here has turned Danny into a pure killing machine that is conditioned to kill with the unsnapping of his leash. You've seen how cops train their dogs, but just imagine having that kind of control over a fighter such as Jet Li! It makes for one interesting movie..lol
Wait A Minute, What?
Yes, in "Unleashed", Jet Lit is an attack dog of sorts that kicks arse at his master's command. He refers to his master as Uncle Buck because he raised him as a child or at least that what he remembers. You know funny things can happen when your just a little child and something traumatic happens, but that's another story...
Now, the whole movie isn't about Danny being a supreme killer that makes Uncle Buck look like a Boss in the streets. It's also about Danny becoming self-aware and learning that his life wasn't always at his master's side, but in a different place far away. No, we're not talking about some magical place, but from a different origin that definitely was not with Buck.
So, as the story progress events that once placed him on his current course begin to shape a new future, but will it be enough? Is it possible that just meeting a sweet old blind man in a piano shop named Sam(Freeman) could change the tune of his life? Is it possible that being on the receiving end of some brutal retaliation could be the wake-up call he was looking for to remember who he once was? Guess to find out, you'll have to watch the movie :p
With All That Said
We feel that "Unleashed" is an interesting experience that can be appreciated by any fan of Jet Li or lover of martial arts film. This movie brings Jet Li to us in a way that we've never really seen him before, you know more docile and child-like. It serves it's purpose in the role, but we know he's a vicious bone-breaking beast when he wants to be and that's on or off camera!
So, if you haven't seen this film yet which you should have by now, give it a spin. It's a little older because it came out in 2005, but it's still got some quality action scenes that will make it worth your while. Enjoy!
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