Release Date: May 25th, 2007 by Sony Pictures Classics.
The Cast: Jamel Debbouze, Rie Rasmussen, Gilbert Melki, Serge Riaboukine.
Directed by Luc Besson.
In French with subtitles.
BASIC PREMISE: Andre (Debbouze) befriends Angela (Rasmussen), a sexy, mysterious blonde, after saving her life.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Angel-A has stylish visuals and interesting characters, but suffers from a very dull, meandering plot that doesnít live up to its potential. In the first act, a bunch of thugs tell Andre that he has until midnight to pay his $48,000 debt their boss (Melki) or else he will die. Andre feels hopeless and tries to take his life by jumping off of a bridge into the Seine River, but he notices a tall, sexy woman, Angela, jumping into the water and decides to save her life as well as his own. The two instantly become good friends as Angela finds ways to get him out of debt. Unfortunately, writer/director Luc Besson makes the few plot twists too obvious and, therefore, unsurprising. Once Angela reveals her true intentions and identity, the plot starts to feel unimaginative, silly and often drags. The stylish black-and-white visuals donít help to add any much-needed refreshing qualities. Rie Rasmussen shines as Angela and the camera certainly loves her sexy body, but she lacks any chemistry with Andre. This odd mixture of drama, romance and even sci-fi goes around in boring circles and ultimately feels underwhelming. Luc Besson should have stuck to what he does best which is directing action films such as the much livelier and imaginative Lťon, The Professional and The Fifth Element.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: None, other than the brief advice of looking within yourself to find hope and happiness.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: Unimaginative and often drags.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 6
IN A NUTSHELL: Stylish visuals and the stunningly sexy Rie Rasmussen donít compensate for a dull, underwhelming plot that often drags.
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: TV
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