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Danny The Dog (Unleashed) (2005)

Serve no master.

Original Title : Danny the Dog
Director : Louis Leterrier
Writer : Luc Besson
Genre : Action
Crime/Drama/Thriller
Country : France
Language : English
Producer : Luc Besson , Steve Chasman , Bernard Grenet , Jet Li , Pierre Spengler
Music : Massive Attack
RZA
Photography : Pierre Morel
Distributor : EuropaCorp. Distribution
MPAA Rating : Rated R for strong violent content, language and some sexuality/nudity.
IMDB ID : 0342258
Official site : http://unleashedmovie.com/
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Starring

¬Jet Li Danny
¬Morgan Freeman Sam
¬Bob Hoskins Bart
¬Kerry Condon Victoria
¬Vincent Regan Raffles
¬Dylan Brown Lefty
¬Tamer Hassan George
¬Michael Jenn Wyeth
¬Phyllida Law Distinguished Lady
¬Carole Ann Wilson Maddy
¬Michael Ian Lambert The Stranger
¬Jaclyn Lee Danny's Mother
¬Puthirith Chou Teen Danny
¬Tony Theng Little Danny
¬Owen Lay Baby Danny
¬Franck Xie Cheng Baby Danny
¬Georgina Chapman Floozy No. 1
¬Danielle Louise Harley Floozy No. 2
¬Andy Beckwith Righty
¬Michael Webber Boxing Boss
¬Jeff Rudom Boxing Giant
¬Laurence Ashley Taboulet Shower Woman
¬Alex Lawson Maddy's Market Fighter No. 1
¬Stuart Lawson Maddy's Market Fighter No. 2
¬Audifax Kinga Maddy's Market Fighter No. 3
¬Eric Mondoloni Maddy's Market Fighter No. 4
¬Vanessa Mateo Maddy's Market Cashier
¬Alain Figlarz Boss/First Fight
¬Maurice Chan Tough Man
¬Gregory Feurte Tough Man
¬Amadeo Cazzello Tough Man (as Amadeo Cazzella
¬Emmanuel Lanzi Tough Man
¬Affif Ben Badra Tough Man (as Afif Ben Badra
¬Cyrille Hertel Tough Man
¬Santi Sudaros Swimming Pool Fighter No. 1
¬Scott Adkins Swimming Pool Fighter No. 2
¬Valerie Henin Swimming Pool Fighter No. 3
¬Seydina Balde Swimming Pool Fighter (as Seydina Bald√©
¬Christian Bergner Raffles' Thug
¬Patrick M√©dioni Raffle's Thug (as Patrick Medioni
¬Jean-Fran√ois Lenogue Raffles' Thug
¬Malki Attar Raffles' Thug
¬Serge Beuchat Raffles' Thug
¬Christophe Weyer Raffles' Thug
¬Vincent Haquin Raffles' Thug
¬Tarik Zitouni Raffles' Thug
¬Joseph Beddelem Jewelry Security Man
¬Fred Dessains Jewelry Security Man (as Fr√©d√©ric Dessains
¬Carlos Bonelli Jewelry Security Man
¬Michel Bouis Jewelry Security Man
¬William Cagnard Jewelry Security Man
¬Thierry Saelens Jewelry Security Man
¬Ksenia Zarouba Salesperson
¬Pascaline Girardot Customer
¬Alain Barbier Customer
¬Alain Grellier Customer
¬Nic Stevens Brute 1
¬Gregory Loffredo Bart's Thug (as Gr√©gory Loffredo
¬Mouloud Ikhaddelene Bart's Thug (as Mouloud Ikhaddalene
¬Mark Chung Bart's Thug
¬Oumar Diaoure Bart's Thug (as Oumar Diaour√©
¬Eric Etje Bart's Thug
¬Sylvain Gabet Bart's Thug
¬Pierre Rousselle Bart's Thug
¬Marc Hoang Bart's Thug
¬Karim Hocini Bart's Thug
¬Lo√Įc Molla Bart's Thug
¬Louis-Marie Nyee Bart's Thug
¬Patrick Oliver Bart's Thug
¬Sebastien Soudais Bart's Thug (as S√©bastien Soudais
¬Patrick Tang Bart's Thug
¬Micha√ęl Troude Bart's Thug (as Micka√ęl Troud√©
¬Patrick Vo Bart's Thug
¬Fr√©d√©ric Alhinho Bart's Thug
¬Gabriel Chatelain Bart's Thug
¬Tarick Hadouch Bart's Thug
¬Lionel Bouvard Trainer/Brute (as Scott Rider
¬Pascal Lopez Bart's Young Thug
¬Pascal Lavanchy Bart's Driver
¬Quentin Pierre Concert Announcer
¬Vincent Tulli Dead Fighter
¬Clara Creantor Felina/Bart's Girl No. 2 (as Eudes Clara Creantor
¬Christelle Senechal Kany/Bart's Girl No. 3
¬Isabelle Didier Nomi/Bart's Girl No. 4
¬Gwenael Mairey Angele
¬Ariadna Cascaval Crazy Dancer
¬Ludmila Henry Fight Club Figure
¬Rebecca Hazan Fight Club Figure
¬Hyggins Sansa Fight Club Figure
¬Christian Gazio Paramedic
¬Matthieu Albertini Paramedic
¬Georges Beno√ģt Doctor
¬Osana Ekue Wyeth's Girlfriend (as Osana Eku√©
¬Miguel Cueva Wyeth's Aide-de-Camp
¬Kathy Farkas Cocaine Girl/Fight Club
¬Friedrich Hartwig Extasy Guy/Fight Club
¬St√©phane Gluck Bookmaker (as St√©phane Gl√ľck
¬Victor Izquierdo Factory Security Man
¬Igor Joly-Erard Factory Security Man (as Ygor Jolly-Erard
¬Sety Diaby Factory Security Man
¬Gilles Louzon Factory Security Man
¬Kamel Tazit Factory Security Man
¬Georges Bouchelagem Factory Security Man
¬Tyana Raboana Factory Security Man
¬Jean Atonga Factory Security Man
¬Jamal Bellyazid Factory Security Man
¬Serge Gnaly Factory Security Man
¬Fred Zanolino Factory Security Man
¬Michel Flasch Factory Attendant
¬Iouri Zagorski Factory Attendant
 

Plot

This is the story of Danny(Li), a slave who has lived his whole life without any sort of normal human education, with the mind and personality of a young child, with only one lesson learned: how to fight. Treated like a dog by his owner/boss, Bart(Hoskins) which includes having to wear a collar, Danny has been raised to be a lethal fighting machine who fights in illegal gladiator-style fight clubs, where he earns lots of money for Bart as the undisputed champion. After a car accident that lands Bart in a coma, however, Danny meets a kind elderly blind piano tuner(Freeman) on the run because he knows secrets some bad guys don't want known, who uses music to teach Danny some things about the world and about being human... A man treated like a dog and raised as a fighting machine his entire life, ends up in a coma and is taken in the care of good people, but his sinister owner is looking to retrieve his most prized possession: a non stop human weapon triggered by the collar leashed on his neck.
 

Comments

Surprises never cease, Unleashed is the best action film I've seen in years., 15 May 2005 Author: Li-1 Rating: **** out of **** If I'm always skeptical of Jet Li's English-speaking films, it's for good reason. They're usually crap. Too often, he's either been put in the hands of incompetent directors who couldn't properly film or edit his impressive martial arts abilities and/or he's teamed alongside a cast that includes one rapper too many. It also didn't help that these movies were poorly written and acted, failing to work as either a showcase for Li's moves or his charisma. So it's all the more satisfying that Unleashed goes through its entire running time without succumbing to any single one of these flaws. Jet Li stars as Danny, a fully grown man with the mind of a child who is a literal slave/pet to Bart (Bob Hoskins), a Glasgow mob boss who keeps Danny in a cage and uses him as a form of "persusasion" to those who owe him money. Like a dog, Danny wears a collar, shy and seemingly dumb whenever it's clasped around his neck, but a ferocious killer once he's unleashed. After a mishap with another criminal, Bart and Danny are left for dead, leaving an injured Danny to crawl to a warehouse where he's taken under the wing of kindly blind piano tuner Sam (Morgan Freeman) and his stepdaughter, Victoria (Kerry Condon). Starting over with a clean slate, Danny comes to enjoy his new life and loving family, no longer is violence or cruelty something he must face everyday. But fate hands him an unlucky turn when he's forced to confront Bart, finding no choice but to give in to his violent side one last time. The film's premise, that of a violent man finding a better life, is nothing new but rarely have I seen the simple but effective premise delivered so well and with such genuine heart. To my immense surprise, it's Jet Li's performance that anchors the film, showing us a side of corrupted innocence and child-like enthusiasm that is sweet, moving, and occasionally even quite humorous. The transformation and natural maturity Danny undergoes is engaging, and it's to no small measure of Li's performance that we hope Danny can entirely shed his former life even when we know it'll inevitably catch up with him. Li is surrounded by a fantastic cast with great actors Morgan Freeman and Bob Hoskins pulling their own weight. Freeman delivers as always, playing the kindly authority figure with firm but gentle resolve. Hoskins is over-the-top but suitably so as Bart, whom we're quite sure is complete scum, yet one can't dismiss the fact that he holds Danny in a certain esteem, and that he may actually be the only person in the world Bart cares for, however twisted a manner he chooses to show it. Relative newcomer Kerry Condon is cute and appealing, although she could just as easily have won me over with that great smile of hers. As a kick-ass action film, Unleashed is superb. The ratio of action to story might be a bit less than hardcore martial arts fans desire, but there's no question every facet of the plot bolsters the fight scenes, giving every battle a palpable and underlying current of emotion that adds to the thrills of the spectacle. And spectacular action this is, every fight scene-most especially the brutal opening sequence and the thrilling, almost emotionally exhausting climax-is brilliantly filmed and edited, wisely emphasizing Li's natural abilities in favor of quick-cuts and wirework. There are a few instances of Matrix-style slow motion, but the spare usage works to the film's advantage. There's even a terrific fight scene inside a tiny bathroom that far outdoes a similar scene in The Matrix. An absolute winner on almost every conceivable level (the exception being that the title should be changed back to Danny the Dog, but I'm not going to hold that against the movie), Unleashed delivers some of the best action scenes I've seen to go hand-in-hand with memorable characters I adored and a story that riveted me from start to finish. I should also not slight director Louis Leterrier, who puts it all together with the right mix of strong style and natural storytelling. Why can't all action films be this good?
 
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