Tuesday, December 13, 2005
Danny the Dog/Unleashed

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.

Ratings: 2/10


Posted at 06:23 pm by hanitje

Hani
December 18, 2005   10:00 AM PST
 
you can buy the metal collar at the gothic store. my friend has it, and most of gothic stores usually have it.
Name
December 16, 2005   02:43 AM PST
 
where can i buy th collar of the movie danny the dog ?
 

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