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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 Baldé
Christian Bergner Raffles' Thug
Patrick Médioni Raffle's Thug (as Patrick Medioni
Jean-François 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 Frédéric 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 Grégory Loffredo
Mouloud Ikhaddelene Bart's Thug (as Mouloud Ikhaddalene
Mark Chung Bart's Thug
Oumar Diaoure Bart's Thug (as Oumar Diaouré
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
Loïc Molla Bart's Thug
Louis-Marie Nyee Bart's Thug
Patrick Oliver Bart's Thug
Sebastien Soudais Bart's Thug (as Sébastien Soudais
Patrick Tang Bart's Thug
Michaël Troude Bart's Thug (as Mickaël Troudé
Patrick Vo Bart's Thug
Frédéric 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 Benoît Doctor
Osana Ekue Wyeth's Girlfriend (as Osana Ekué
Miguel Cueva Wyeth's Aide-de-Camp
Kathy Farkas Cocaine Girl/Fight Club
Friedrich Hartwig Extasy Guy/Fight Club
Stéphane Gluck Bookmaker (as Stéphane Glück
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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