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Luc Besson does it again,
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This review is from: Unleashed [Blu-ray]  [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
I had no idea what this film was about when I first saw it a few years ago. I thought I would give it 10 mins and if it hasn't grabbed my attention, then I can just switch off. After the first few minutes I knew I would be watching it to the end. If you are a fan of action films with well choreographed fight scenes, you are in for a treat.
Danny (Jet Li) is a meek and mild child-like possession of Bart (Bob Hoskins). He has been brought up by Bart and treated like a dog, kept in a cage, fed morsels and wearing a collar. The collar has a hold on Danny and seems to subdue him, but when Bart releases the collar and utters the magic words, Danny turns into a doberman on crack cocaine. Bart is a local thug and he uses Danny to strong-arm others into paying money owed and for his own personal protection and so he is feared in the London underworld.
After one hustle too many, Bart has his car rammed where Danny walks away from the accident fearing every one in the car dead. He is helped by Sam (Morgan Freeman) and his daughter Victoria (Kerry Condon). It is here that you start to see an intelligence in Danny and a much softer innocent side, a polar opposite to his killer alter-ego. Not-so-dead Bart finds Danny and he is brought back to the world of thuggery, but Danny learns a secret from his past and his encounter with Sam and Victoria have changed him into something that Bart does not like.
The acrobatic fight scenes are so well scripted and acted that it will have your muscles twitching with involuntary invisible punching. The idea of using what appears to be a vacant shell of a man suddenly turn into a lethal killing machine when the collar is popped off was quite new to me at the time and so it was refreshing to see a new theme on an old thug story. The rest of the acting is good. I thought Bob Hoskins was a good choice for a thug who needs protection himself as he is too unfit to stand up for himself. Morgan Freeman has the same relaxed unfazed air about him that he has become famous for and the right choice to calm a savage killer.
The blue-ray quality is what you would expect, crisp sharp images, vibrant colour, and foreground image details being drawn out. A definite improvement on the DVD. I can't say if the audio quality is better than the DVD as my sound comes out of the cheap TV speakers, but it seemed clear enough to me