Happy Wednesday MMT Fam! While taking a much-needed birthday break, I also took time out to screen a pretty cute film, “Unleashed,” which was released in select theaters and on VOD last Friday, August 25.
In the movie, protagonist Emma (Kate Micucci) – a budding app designer – develops severe trust issues after a prior flame steals a very lucrative app that she created. Deciding a major change is needed, she packs up her belongings and moves with her beloved pets – Ajax (cat) and Summit (dog) – to San Francisco, where the pets encounter a “transformative” supermoon, becoming full-grown humans Diego and Sam respectively. A comedy of errors ensues, and the pair unwittingly help Emma on her journey towards trust and fulfillment.
Now I’ll be honest, I wasn’t sure about the premise of this film at first, but the actors who played the pets/humans, Justin Chatwin (Diego) and Steve Howey (Sam), were a riot! Even with the predictable “single female loner with pet” and “perfect guy is staring you in the face” tropes, which led to an easily predictable conclusion, Diego and Sam’s antics and attempts to reintroduce themselves to Emma as humans to get back in their coveted space were remarkably funny – especially for a pet lover like myself.
And I loved the score, which featured some catchy original tunes along with a few popular old-school songs including “Fire” by the Ohio Players and “White Lines” by Grand Master Flash and the Furious Five, both of which highlighted some of the pets crazier moments.
Written and directed by Finn Taylor, “Unleashed” has been a hit on the festival circuit and won “Best Feature” at several, including the Southside and Sonoma International Film Festivals.
So, any pet lovers in the MMT Fam? Are you #TeamDog or #TeamCat? You can win a digital copy or DVD of “Unleashed” by letting me know! Send an email to email@example.com (you must be subscribed to this website) with the subject line “Diego and Sam” and your full name and address in the body.
And tag @musicfilmdiva on Instagram or Twitter, or @MMThoughts (MusicMoviesThoughts) on Facebook with either hashtag (#TeamDog or #TeamCat) to double your chances! One winner will be selected at random and notified by Friday, September 8.
Good luck! Until next thought, Thomasena
Please note: Each household is only eligible to win Unleashed via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.