Monday, July 20, 2009

Unleashed - May 2005

I guess movie marketing is an art and fraught with risk. If the ads don’t get people into seats the first week, the movie fails. With that in mind, it makes sense that "Unleashed" was marketed as generic chop-socky action pic. It is and it isn’t. That’s what makes this movie so good. And that’s why you can’t always believe the ads.

"Unleashed" features Jet Li as a man trained like a dog – he is restrained when wearing a collar but lethal when unleashed. He’s being used as the muscle for a loan shark. In the beginning, we see many impressive fight scenes. After a while, he escapes and is taken in by a blind piano tuner (Morgan Freeman) and learns to be civilized. The middle half of the movie forgets about the violence and is a highly effective and touching hero-reclamation story. The end reverts to action but still can be considered a step above typical, both on a technical and character level. "Unleashed" is well worth checking out.

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