Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Luc Besson’s American debut still remains his best English language film (and maybe even his best film overall) with a heap of memorable moments and a career making performance from a young Natalie Portman backed up by a another wonderfully unhinged turn by Gary Oldman. Besson delivers a confident film and manages to tread a fine line with the central relationship that a lesser director may well have fallen foul of, whilst still keeping the film moving at pace with a series of stunning set pieces. But the film is much more than that relationship, even if a lot of critics missed that at the time. The film pays off well, wrapping up the story satisfyingly, but leaving the door open for a follow up which, sadly, has never yet materialised.
Best Bit: The ring trick
Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy
If You Liked this Try: La Femme Nikita, The Fifth Element, John Wick