“Luc Besson is known to be a storyteller with a distinct set of visual stylistic elements. Many people agree that a lot of his content, while contemporary, is plated to the audience with various styles. I, for one, haven’t seen his earlier films enough to comment any more eloquently than I can. One honestly wouldn’t be able to blame me much on my wariness, considering most of his later efforts have been pale and fairly formulaic, building upon nothing but (as I’ve come to know) his own built up trademarks. Discovering a director, if you end up liking the film you bumped into, you’ll probably definitely go ahead and check out his filmography for more of what’s he’s done. But if the films you’ve bumped into are generic, there’s a fair chance you wouldn’t care to do any quick search on the guy behind the director’s chair. With the case of Besson, however, aside from knowing him as the founder of EuropaCorp and subsequent producer of some capriciously mixed bag of films (most of them highly generic and predictable in content), I’ve not been fortunate enough to have watched his better directorial ventures. Aside from a strict one-time watch called The Lady, and a humorous-but-flatlined The Family (or, as some of you might know, Malavita), the productions I’ve seen of his consist of some of the slickest action sequences in quick succession of each other, supported only in flashes (District B13 franchise) by a coherent narrative and storyline. Of course, there’s a highly entertaining set of romps (Taken, Colombiana), but let’s be honest – when broken down, they really have no point apart from their thrilling action set-pieces and almost super-heroic protagonists.
Now, the expectations – at the risk of repeating myself – are fairly straightforward. Action, sci-fi and a badass Scarlett Johansson in the template of a Besson film. all we’ve got to see is whether this gets past the shackles of expectation and delivers something that fairly transcends Besson’s tropes of action and chaos.”
– excerpt from the review by Ankit Ojha
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