Wednesday, December 22, 2010

181. The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999)


I don't think. I leave that to God. I'm nothing in all this, I'm just the Messenger.

Luc Besson directs one of the most riveting historical war stories of all time with this take on the tale of Joan of Arc. There is just a smidgen of fantasy added to the otherwise hyperrealistic tale to allow the viewer to gain some insight on what might have driven the young lady to lead her fellow countrymen in war. Milla Jovovich (as she did in "The Fifth Element") does a flawless job portraying a character filled to the brim with wide-eyed innocent (oftentimes naive) determination. I've always been surprised that this movie never got more attention.

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