The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc - * *

Luc Besson directs this biopic from his own script. Milla Jovovich stars as Joan of Arc in this historical epic. John Malkovich, Faye Dunaway, Dustin Hoffman, Vincent Cassel, Thcheky Karyo, Pascal Greggory, Richard Ridings, Timothy West and Desmond Harrington will also star. Not to be confused with Ron Maxwell’s Joan of Arc: The Virgin Warrior.

Capsule Review: Much more surrealistic than the typical sword-and-grime battle drama. Jovovich handles a tough role better than your average supermodel, but she never quite conveys the enigma that is Joan. Good supporting performances help out, particularly from Faye Dunaway and Dustin Hoffman. But in the end, this is just an overlong and unsuccessful mimic of Braveheart.

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