|Directed by:||Luc Besson|
|Written by:||Luc Besson|
|Cast:||Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman|
+ great script (at its core it's a relatively straightforward revenge thriller type movie but it's filled with unpredictable events and a great variety of stylish and impressive action scenes. Also packed with a ton of great sci-fi type ideas and a few doses of effective humour too)
+ great direction (this was perhaps the most surprising part, it's a really stylish movie visually but also just really unique in how Besson intercuts other visuals to enhance the action, especially in the beginning sequence)
+ great effects and stunts
+ solid music
This one looked really cool to me from the get go, but it ended up being different than I was expecting. It was actually a lot more 'out there' and less by the numbers than I was thinking it would be, which was a nice surprise. It's also more violent than I was expecting and featured some real cool concepts, effects work and really impressive stunts. Johanssen does the badass/action star thing here much better than she ever has before and at the same time delivers one of her best dramatic performances too. The only thing I didn't really like was the rather abrupt ending and confusing final line ("now you know what to do with it" uhh... no, what?). Still probably the most thought provoking film of the year, much more so than say Interstellar, even with the quick pace/short run time. Highly recommended.