Unleashed (Danny the Dog)
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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. When Bart is injured in an auto accident, Danny is left to fend for himself, and stumbles upon… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Li's dramatic turn is no match for his fists of fury."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, Time Out
"The film contains enough quiet, reflective moments for us to become aware how preposterous the central conceit is, and that keeps us at arm's length. For a movie that strives to be in-your-face, that's too far away."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"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."
‑ Joshua Starnes, ComingSoon.net
"We're treated to some impressively percussive fights."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"Has a "been there, done that" feel, as if writer/co-producer Besson has returned to this concept one time too many."
‑ Lewis Beale, Film Journal International
"An intriguing little action thriller, a half-and-half story divided between sequences of vicious violence and quiet, wryly comic scenes of newfound domesticity."
‑ David Germain, Houston Chronicle
"A nice, violent little film about the redemptive powers of art and love."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com
"Li's fighting sequences are unique for their street fighting style of realism and brutality..."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Unfortunately, the fight scenes (and there are several) are very frontloaded."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
"Freeman is better than his role, and Hoskins is a powerful presence. Li almost pulls off a psychologically complex role. But in the end, Unleashed is a muddled film."
‑ Stefan Ulstein, Christianity Today
"It's the same stuff that as we always get where like the henchman come up to him one by one."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"A film that could use a little less conversation, a lot more action."
‑ Richard Harrington, Washington Post
"a dog of a movie, better not unleashed on any discerning viewer."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
"An irritating excuse to glorify senseless slaughter!"
‑ Kam Williams, Princeton Town Topics
"Para cada bom filme que escreve, produz ou dirige, Luc Besson realiza outras dez porcarias. Esta é uma delas (e nem mesmo as boas seqüências de luta podem salvar um roteiro absurdo, esquemático e com personagens unidimensionais)."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
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