Director: Luc Besson
Stars: Milla Jovovich, John Malkovich, Faye Dunaway, Dustin Hoffman, Vincent Cassell, Desmond Harrington, Andrew Birkin
On a technical level, Luc Besson definitely knew what he was doing while making The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc. A visually minded filmmaker, the Frenchman behind action movies like La Femme Nikita (1990) and The Professional (1994) approached the 15th-century tale of a teenage girl leading French troops with a real sense of grandeur. The Messenger looks magnificent, full of gorgeous cinematography, immaculate sets, and well-choreographed battle scenes.
The only thing that's missing in the film is a leading lady who can, you know, act. Cast as Joan of Arc, model turned actress Milla Jovovich—who, at the time, didn't even have the so-so skill-honing experience of any Resident Evil movies under her belt—fails to evoke any of her character's leadership qualities. Mostly, Jovovich looks lost, searching for any grasp of Joan in a movie that's about as informative as a closed history book.