Luc Besson made his way to my heart and brain with his 1997 Sci-Fi The Fifth Element. It was the first movie I really related with him, even when I had seen Léon: The Professional before.
With Lucy hitting the theaters this weekend, I decided to take a look at the other amazing movies he has directed, mention my favorite ones and why I love them.
For those who have not seen Lucy, feel free to read the upcoming paragraphs, but wait before reaching the end, we will cover spoilers about the movie in the last part of this post.
Let's begin. Nikita.
Nikita or La Femme, Nikita is a classic 1990 that has spawned a culture following. Is a movie with a strong female lead, it is the ultimate femme fatale. Nikita is an inspiration to many other strong female characters that have to face different challenges across their life. I saw this movie only a couple years go, and I really liked it. I have to admit that I first saw the 1993, Warner Bros remake of the film with Bridget Fonda as Nikita. However this version is called Point Of No Return.
For those familiar with the Nikita franchise you guys know that the female assassin has two TV shows, one is La Femme Nikita (1997-2002) and the latest version Nikita (2010-2013) with Maggie Q.
Here is the trailer of the original 1990, French-Italian version directed by Besson.
Léon: The Professional
Where do I begin with The Professional? Is simply a treat to any film fan. It has great movie talents, Natalie Portman, Gary Oldman and Jean Reno.
The movie is bloody and gory but tender, and it has a story that could move the heart of any person. I know it always makes me cry. I honestly try not to watch it very often because their performances are carved deep into my brain that I don't need to relieve the ending scenes to shudder all over. But if you have not seen it.... what are you waiting for?
The Fifth Element
Oh My God! What is not to love about The Fifth Element? You have to love everything! In fact, is my favorite one from the three that I'm mentioning here. I love everything about this movie. I love Bruce Willis and Milla Jovovich, and the movie is simply a great mix of science fiction and humanity.
I saw it a couple of months ago when Netflix finally started streaming it! And I feel in love with it again. I have to admit, the movie has some inconsistencies and loopholes, but overall you just have to sit down and enjoy the ride across the galaxy to recover the magic ancient stones that will save the world with the help of a perfect being, the fifth element.
Now let's talk about [Lucy](movie:935973)
Lucy is not a masterpiece, however is not bad. I sincerely liked it. Is pure science-fiction entertainment with a very attractive and convincing Scarlett Johanson in the lead role of Lucy.
It also includes Morgan Freeman Ias a professor that helps her to ride the journey she faces during the movie, and is always nice to see Mr. Freeman.
You have an idea of what Lucy is about if you happened to see Mathilda. A movie about an eight year old that starts to use more than the average 10% of her brain also developing powers, and she was doing that through studying and reading books! Lucy is not the same, but you get the point. Superhuman brain equals entertaining movie for different audiences.
Don't look too deep, you will be fine. And I assure you, it will be more enjoyable that way.
Now to the spoilers. Skip the upcoming paragraphs.
Scarlett does an excellent job as the leading lady; she has a strong, fierce personality that makes you root for her to kick everyone in the room with her amazing powers. She really takes you in the journey to save her life and find the answers that wouldn't have been as enjoyable with any other actress.
On the other hand, there's the ending. Lucy is everywhere. Her powerful mind opens places that the normal human can never open. Apparently she has all the answers, but we don't get to see them all. I don't want to spoil too much, but I would have been happy with another ending, although I'm not mad with what made it to the final version of the movie.
Go see Lucy and let's discuss. I think is good for a movie and I mean, I love Sci-Fi and I am sure I would enjoy having such powers. Wouldn't you?