VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Luc Besson Stars: Dane De Haan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Herbie Hancock, Rutger Hauer, Louis Leterrier, Olivier Megaton, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, Kris Wu, Sam Spruell, Alain Chabat, voices of Elizabeth Debicki, John Goodman. Twenty years after he gave us The Fifth Element, director Luc Besson returns to the futuristic sci-fi genre with this flawed special-effects heavy space opera that plays out on a grander and visually epic canvas. Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets is based on the Continue reading

THE TRANSPORTER REFUELED

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Camille Delamarre Stars: Ed Skrein, Ray Stevenson, Loan Chabanol, Gabriella Wright, Tatiana Pajkovic, Radivoje Bukvic, Wenxia Yu, Yuri Kolokolnikov. Another week, another reboot of a defunct film franchise. This time it is The Transporter series, which was first created by Luc Besson in 2002. Besson is the French filmmaker who makes kinetically exciting, fast paced but formulaic Eurothrillers and vapid Hollywood-style action movies like Lucy, Kiss Of The Dragon, etc. But it's been a long time since he has made a truly great film like Continue reading

TAKEN 3

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Olivier Megaton Stars: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Forest Whitaker, Sam Spruell, Famke Janssen, Dougray Scott, Leland Orser, Don Harvey, Dylan Bruno, Jon Gries, Al Sapienza, Jonny Weston, Andrew Howard, Wallace Langham. A couple of years ago Liam Neeson himself said that there would not be a Taken 3. He should have listened to his instincts rather than the undoubtedly hefty pay cheque producers waved in his direction. Taken 3 is easily the weakest in the series, which has obviously run out of inspiration and ideas. It is a Continue reading

LUCY

Director: Luc Besson Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Choi Min Sik, Amr Waked, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Pilou Asbaek, Analeigh Tipton. Action cinema does not have that many positive and strong heroines - there has of course been Sarah Connor from The Terminator, Ellen Ripley from Alien, Milla Jovovich in the Resident Evil series, Luc Besson's Nikita, Uma Thurman in Kill Bill, Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games, and Angelina Jolie in Salt. Now joining them is Scarlett Johansson as Lucy, a kick-arse action heroine in a role originally intended for Jolie. But Continue reading

THE FIFTH ELEMENT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Luc Besson Stars: Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman, Milla Jovovich, Ian Holm, Chris Tucker, Luke Perry, Brion James, Tommy "Tiny" Lister jr, Lee Evans, Tricky, Charlie Creed Miles, John Neville, John Bluthal, Matthieu Kassovitz Running Time: 127 minutes. This impressive, big budget action packed futuristic fantasy from French director Luc Besson (La Femme Nikita and The Professional, etc) is the most expensive European movie ever made. Every cent of the film's massive $160 million budget is evident in the final product, a futuristic Continue reading