Friday, July 25, 2014


It's nice to be reminded every now and again that not all wide release movies are franchises that come from the Hollywood Assembly Line.  We've had a few so far this year.  'Edge of Tomorrow' was totally awesome, but no one went to see it because it wasn't a known property like a comic book character, toy, or video game.  'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' is every bit as good as its reputation.  (Sometimes even the general consensus gets it right!)  And now, thanks to legendary action director Luc Besson, we get an original and exciting film that takes you on a fun ride in directions you don't expect (assuming you haven't already seen the trailer.)  Both Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman are at the top of their games here.  This is the movie that Freeman's 'Transcendence' and Johansson's 'Under the Skin', both of which were boring misses, should have been.  Don't watch the trailers.  Don't read any (other) reviews.  Just go see it and enjoy.  Besson crams an awful lot into its short 89 minute runtime and it flies by.

Grade: A-

Who is this movie for?  Fans of Besson's films (The Professional, The Fifth Element, Ronin) will definitely appreciate the action.  And fans of science based action films like 'Limitless' will enjoy it for the storyline.  I enjoyed both aspects.

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