MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2

Content: -3 1/2

Unleashed is the story of an orphan named Danny (Jet Li) who was raised to be a human attack dog by his owner, Bart (Bob Hoskins). To keep Danny under control, Bart trained him to be docile while wearing his collar but a brutal killer when unleashed. As a result, Bart has a prize fighter for lucrative death matches, and he can also intimidate anyone with a simple threat: the removal of Dannys collar. But when Bart is involved in an auto accident, Danny is left to roam the streets. And there he meets Sam (Morgan Freeman), a blind piano tuner. Sam and his daughter, Victoria (Kerry Condon), take Danny into their home without asking about his background, and they begin to teach him the meaning of love and family. But just as Danny begins to feel at home with them, Bart resurfaces and threatens to steal Danny away from his new family.

While it is not the worst film in its genre, Unleashed nonetheless limps along, suffering from an identity crisis. Though it attempts to mix both martial-arts action and compelling human drama, the film fails on both fronts. Action fans will be disappointed that there is not more fighting or suspense in the film while drama fans will struggle to take the story seriously. The portrayal of a mistreated orphan who is shown no love is interesting, but the film does not do justice to the topic. Danny makes the transition into family life much too easily when compared with real-world examples of abuse. In truth, the kind of abuse that Danny had apparently experienced since early childhood would affect a person for the rest of his life. To its other failures, Unleashed adds nudity, sexuality, brutal violence and a lot of foul language. Preview urges moviegoers to avoid it.

Preview Reviewer: Shaun Daugherty
Rogue Pictures

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (18) times mild (hell 2); moderate (b-tt 1, b-stard 5, t-ts 1, other 2); strong (-ss 2, b-tch 4, SOB 1)

Obscene Language: Many (38) times moderate (p-ss 2, cr-p 3, scr-w 1); strong (f-word 23, s-word 9)

Profanity: Few (3) times strong (J 3)

Violence: Many times moderate (numerous fight scenes with kicking, hitting and use of weapons; car gets hit by truck; car flips over; man shoots another man to death; man thrown into cage; man mistreated by another man); strong (man viciously attacks other men, man breaks another mans bones with sound effects, man slams another mans head into the floor repeatedly, men fight to death in an arena, man kills another man with a single punch to his throat, woman shot to death while her son watches)

Sex: Few times moderate (man and woman twice begin to remove clothing and have sex but are interrupted both times)

Nudity: Few times moderate (woman shown taking off her top with breasts exposed, man takes off womans top exposing her breasts, images of nude statues); strong (woman shown in shower with breasts exposed and translucent shower curtain covering her genitals)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Several times mild (woman kisses man on the cheek, men talk about being kissed, woman kisses man in a sensual way); strong (man refers to a woman as a whore and talks about his sexual relationship with her)

Drugs: None

Other: Portrayal of organized crime and abuse of basic human rights; love, family and music portrayed as healing forces

Running Time: 103 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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