"Cripes, if Joan really WAS that annoying, I would've barbecued her ass too!"
How can this be the same guy who wrote and directed 'La Femme Nikita' and the stupid, but fun 'The 5th Element'! Jesus, FUCK THE FRENCH!What the fug, Luc, did Sally Struthers give you your degree in creative writing? What a wretched, wretched mess this movie is.
The movie opens with the now-oh-so-typical "Child sees family killed by English invaders, Child develops lifelong obsession with revenge" scene. Ok, once and for all people, YOU CANNOT TOP BRAVEHEART! Stop trying so hard! JC Masterpiece, Conan had pretty much the same plot, and even IT had better dialogue than this! And it was mostly GRUNTING!
The performances are for the most part horrid. Even Malkovich looks like he'd rather be watching MOESHA or something. Jovovich, while I do agree that I would tap that adz, acts in this particular film about as well as she sings, which is to say she's quite BAD, and I don't mean Run DMC Bad....more lesbian than thespian. She redeemed herself to me by taking the dominatrix role in Zoolander...mmmm. The fact that she looks like a female Leonardo DiCaprio throughout most of this film also doesn't help matters much. Oh wait, Leonardo DiCaprio IS female.
The only worthwhile performances turned in in this contrived movie are Dustin Hoffman, who actually makes the dialogue sound good for once (Luc, noone has or ever will talk like that!), the British guy that looks like the grouchy guy from Hill Street Blues, and the Dexy's Midnight Runners lookin french man-at-arms.
Then amongst all this, you have a bunch of artsy-fartsy, twatty daydream scenes. Dali this ain't.
The battle scenes almost make this movie worthwhile, but come on...ya seen one decapitation, ya seen em all.Avoid. Avoid avoid avoid. The french are responsible for the Battlefield Earth movie as well. Need I say more?