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Besson (La Femme Nikita, The Fifth Element) challenges established notions about the Maid of Orleans as he creates a decidedly more human heroine than have previous biopics. The story line is the same--a young, illiterate peasant girl convinces the dauphin of France to give her an army, and she leads them to victory in Orleans, only to be burned at the stake for heresy--but Milla Jovovich, in the title role, is a woman possessed. Her influences are less than heavenly; as a child she witnesses the murder of her sister by the English, a death caused by the sister's giving her hiding place to young Joan, which causes an intense desire for revenge. Yes, God still speaks to Joan, but even this is undermined, as Dustin Hoffman, playing The Conscience, questions her motives.
Cinematically, The Messenger is stunning, with fantastical sequences of Joan in communication with higher powers. Yet the graphic violence (scenes include random decapitation and a dog gnawing on a body); the uneven accents, which make it difficult to tell who is fighting on which side; and the rewriting of lore may make this version of Joan of Arc appeal only to Besson fans. Jovovich is convincing, and while at times the film may drag (at times you wish they'd hurry up and burn her), it is a remarkable and insightful retelling of a well-known piece of history. --Jenny Brown
Great movie. The bad reviews all have the same greivance- that it is not historically accurate.
So watch a documentary or read a history book if you want the... Read more
Oh Mila......if only you could act, even just a little.....what a waste of time watching this crap. And Dustin Hoffman......you are now dead to me, Sir.Published 11 days ago by JDP
Yes, you will be called upon, but your biggest enemy will always be your own doubts and fears. Some of us see crosses. Some of us see swords.Published 14 days ago by agrimes
Look, I don't care that this is not historically accurate, most historical fiction is not. What matters here is the acting and the presentation of the plot. Read morePublished 20 days ago by danielsden
I thought they could ha e portrayed her as less of a crazy person more passionatePublished 29 days ago by brenna quillen
great movie, some blood, guts things, the rape scene, little over emphasized.Published 1 month ago by Rod Findley
I loved the movie and the acting was amazing. The only criticism I have is that I would have liked to see more of Joan's early life and how she became inspired.Published 1 month ago by Daniel Frias
Replacing all VHS tapes with DVD's. The Messenger is a very good production of the story of Joan of Arc.Published 1 month ago by Dennis Brunty