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Unleashed

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Source: Catholic News Service

Surprisingly engaging action drama centering on a lethal man-child (Jet Li), who is raised by a ruthless gangster (Bob Hoskins) and conditioned to kill on cue like an attack dog, and who experiences kindness and compassion for the first time when he is taken in by a blind piano tuner (Morgan Freeman), who helps him reclaim his humanity and solve the mystery surrounding his foggy past. Stylishly directed by Louis Leterrier and heavy on bone-breaking brutality, themes addressed include the depersonalizing effects of cruelty, the healing power of love, the malleability of young minds for good or evil, and the nature of free will, elevating it above most mindless action films. Recurring intense violence, including several vicious beatings, a brief sexual encounter, fleeting nudity and much rough and crude language and humor, as well as profanity. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted.

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