Unleashed (2005)

Unleashed

TOMATOMETER

AUDIENCE SCORE

Critic Consensus: Jet Li gets to emote in some emotionally awkward scenes, but the gritty fight sequences come through in what is Li's best English language film.


Movie Info

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. … More

Rating: R (for strong violent content, language and some sexuality/nudity)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Mark Kamen, Luc Besson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 11, 2005
Box Office: $24.4M
Runtime:
Focus Features - Official Site

Cast


as Danny

as Victoria

as Distinguished Lady

as The Stranger

as Danny's Mother

as Teen Danny

as Little Danny

as Baby Danny

as Baby Danny

as Boxing Boss

as Boxing Giant

as Maddy's Market Fight...

as Boss First Fight

as Tough Man

as Swimming Pool Fighte...

as Raffle's Thug

as Jewelry Security Man

as Sales Person

as Bart's Thug

as Trainer Brute

as Bart's Young Thug

as Bart's Driver
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Critic Reviews for Unleashed

All Critics (136) | Top Critics (36)

Li's dramatic turn is no match for his fists of fury.

Full Review… | August 17, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

An intriguing little action thriller, a half-and-half story divided between sequences of vicious violence and quiet, wryly comic scenes of newfound domesticity.

Full Review… | January 7, 2006
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

This is by far Jet Li's best English language film, and one of the finest of his career, not because of the thrillingly choreographed fight sequences but because of its well constructed story and Li's riveting performance.

Full Review… | March 21, 2011
ComingSoon.net

Li's fighting sequences are unique for their street fighting style of realism and brutality...

Full Review… | June 20, 2009
ColeSmithey.com

a dog of a movie, better not unleashed on any discerning viewer.

Full Review… | August 10, 2007
Eye for Film

We're treated to some impressively percussive fights.

Full Review… | July 25, 2007
eFilmCritic.com

Audience Reviews for Unleashed

½

Jet Li plays the son of a Chinese immigrant who is taken in by a London gangster at a young age and brought up as a kind of human attack dog, kept in a cage and trained only to fight. Upon finding himself free for the first time in his life after an attack by a rival mobster, he returns to the only person who ever showed him kindness, blind piano tuner Morgan Freeman; but the past inevitably catches up with him. Actually this rather unpromising and hokey sounding premise is easily the films greatest weakness. If you can look past it, you'll discover an extremely stylish and unusual thriller. The scenes between Li and Freeman's family have a genuine warmth and sincerity which never resorts to schmaltz, Li in particular bringing an innocence and pathos to his role. The direction is much more sophisticated than you would expect from an action film, and the East End gangland setting combined with the bursts of visceral violence is very reminiscent of Guy Ritchie's work. If anything, the fight scenes are amongst the least interesting parts of the film, the arena scene in particular is clumsy and unnecessary but Jet Li's athleticism and skill are always worth watching. A superior action film that's far from the usual dim-witted thuggery you'd expect from Hollywood.

garyX
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

"Unleashed" is definitely Jet Li's best English film. Man, are there some pretty awkward moments in this. The follow up to most of the fight scenes is very drab and very rarely does the drama actually have an impact, but the action fight sequences are incredibly satisfying. I liked the gritty cinematography also. Only one thing: why was there nudity in this movie? It was so unnecessary.

Albert Kim
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer

½

an excellent action film with solid fight sequences and a touching although bizarre story.

sanjurosamurai
danny d

Super Reviewer

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