The Messenger (1999)

THE MESSENGER is French filmmaker Luc Besson's big, bombastic, 
sumptuous-but-shrill, two-and-a-half hour history lesson starring
Milla "That Fifth Element" Babe Jovovich.  She could use an acting
lesson or two, but she at least out-excites her big-name-but-bored
supporting stars John Malkovich and Faye Dunaway.  (They have a 
handful of scenes as the Marquis de Something and his mom.)  Dustin
Hoffman's in there, too, in a wild, weird cameo as an imaginary in-
quisitor figmented by the title character!  Too bad his scenes are
all at the end...   With Pascal Greggory, Vincent Cassel, Tcheky
Karyo, Richard Ridings, Desmond Harrington, and Timothy West.  Bes-
son and Andrew Birkin are credited with the screenplay.  (Rated "R"/
148 min.)

Grade: C+

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