City of Light shines in dull, dim 'Angel-A'

The Baltimore Sun

Despite the seeming ubiquity of Luc Besson, it has been nearly eight years since a Besson-directed live-action film opened in the U.S. Busying himself with producing and/or writing a slew of high-octane (and highly profitable) action films such as the Taxi and Transporter series, he's never been far from the cinematic limelight after the extravagance of 1999's medieval epic The Messenger - The Story of Joan of Arc.

For his 10th directorial feature (Besson also recently directed the animated Arthur and the Invisibles), the French filmmaker dials things down considerably with a dopey, demimonde parable of self-acceptance, Angel-A.

Angel-A (Sony Pictures Classics) Starring Jamel Debbouze, Rie Rasmussen. Directed by Luc Besson. Rated R. Time 91 minutes.

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