Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Unleashed

You'll probably find this flick under in the Action section of your local video store but, in reality, this film feels a lot more like a drama with some really great fight scenes thrown in. Jet Li, as always, delivers some amazing martial arts action. Where he really impresses, though, is in the dramatic side of the film, where he proves that, given the opportunity, he can act. I'm not saying he's going to win any Oscars over this performance, but he does a solid all-around job. In fact, he even stays in character during his fight scenes, choreographed by the legendary Yuen Wo Ping (if you've watched any martial arts movies in the past, you'll notice the difference pretty quickly). Hoskins and the young Condon also turn in great performances. My grade: B

Avg. Critic's Score: 6.3 (via Rotten Tomatoes)
Avg. Viewer's Score: 7.2 (via Imdb)

Synopsis: A man raised into behaving like a dog escapes from his captor, who seeks to reclaim him because of his unnatural martial arts skills that are triggered when unleashed. (via Imdb)

Director: Louis Leterrier (Transporter 2)
Writer: Luc Besson (Leon: The Professional)
Stars: Jet Li (Hero), Morgan Freeman (Million Dollar Baby), Bob Hoskins (Who Framed Roger Rabbit?), Kerry Condon (Ned Kelly), Michael Jenn (Quills), Michael Ian Lambert

Useless Trivia: Albert Finney, Anthony Hopkins, Michael Caine and Brian Cox were all offered the role of Bart.

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