|Directed by:||Louis Leterrier|
|Written by:||Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamene|
|Cast:||Jet Li, Morgan Freeman, Bob Hoskins, Kerry Condon|
After being absent for a few years, writer Luc Besson, returns with an emotional and enthralling action picture, in the same vein as his 1994 film, Leon: The Professional. And for your information, there is not one tiny part of this movie that disappoints in any way. Right from the start, it manages to grab ahold of your throat and draw you in, and you really can't wait to see what happens next. By the way, forgot to mention one thing...Jet Li can act!
Jet Li stars as Danny, a young man who has been raised as an attack dog for a crime lord. Like a dog, he wears a collar. When the collar comes off, and the command is given, someone is going to get hurt without hesitation. He has no emotion that one could notice as human, he's simply not in a humane frame of mind. When fate separates Danny from his master after an accident, he is taken in by a kind, blind man named Sam (Freeman) and his daughter, Victoria (Condon). After a certain time, Danny gathers a new appreciation for life, learns the feeling of happiness from having a family. And they treat him like family, they don't want to let him go. They come to love him as family. But when his former master resurfaces looking for him, Danny is forced to make an important choice, and turn against what he knows to protect his new family at any cost.
Jet Li's performance is amazing in this film. It's great to see this side of him, and hopefully, it will open up endless opportunities for him as an actor. After seeing this, he certainly has what it takes. The action is just a minor part of this film. But when there is action, it's more than worth it. The story's center lies with Danny and his new family. The relationship that grows between them takes up the entire middle of the movie, completely ignoring the action until it's hardcore climax. This little gem is destined to become a classic in the coming years.