Although I'm a fan of Jet Li's movies, ever since he moved to Hollywood mainstream, his movies' quality just decline. I know he's not very good in speaking English, and most of acting ability is limited in Hong Kong movie industry where he understood the whole acting method, and it's different compared to Hollywood. He is still undefeated fighting champion in movies. He always bring the tough and nitty gritty of kicking ass. I'm not going to start a debate of which one is much better; Jackie Chan or Jet Li. They have different styles of fighting method. So, there. This movie also a tad bit confusing. Its ambiguous type of film makes me wondering whether this is a drama, an action or both?
Danny (Jet Li) is a human attack dog. Raised by his master, Bart (Bob Hoskins), he lives in an underground cage, eats directly from a can and wears a metal dog collar. Once the collar is removed, Danny goes mad and berzerk -- attacking anyone in his path by the order of his master. His fighting skills really a supernatural speed, begs audience belief that he really is moving so fast. One day, Danny meets a blind piano turner named Sam (Morgan Freeman) and his step-daughter Victoria (Kerry Condon) and befriends with them because their music calms him. He runs away from his master and try to live a normal live with Sam and Victoria. He learns about love, music and try to stand up to his master.
This is actually a movie that makes me really uncomfortable about the whole concept of slavery and innocence. The film changes gear so many times from action to drama to action to drama, it gives me a headache. I feel so sad about Danny, 'cause in sometimes rare circumstances, I feel his loneliness. But most of the characters seems sad and feeling alone all the time, it get me depressed. They said I should feel warm and sympathetic with the characters, but I just feel depressed. Most of the acting are flat and too dramatical without even a sense of moving fast enough -- which is ironic, 'cause of the fast fighting scenes. The only thing that I think is good enough is Bob Hoskins' performance. His nasty character is joyfully chewing the scenery and believable as this evil man.
But I feel this movie is too one dimensional, it doesn't have much in-depth analysis of characters. You can see whose bad, and whose good, and it doesn't develop much after that. Danny is a sad character, deserve a happiness, and he unfortunately is too innocent to face the actual reality of the world. He lives in small box of his own world, and when he finally got out, it bewildered him.
Due to my hectic schedule, I will not be able to review all new movies every week. I apologize. I will however review some older movies from DVDs from time to time. Thank you for understanding.
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