Its been some time some French director Luc Besson stepped behind the camera. And truthfully, Angel-A
, good as it is, is a little underwhelming, particularly when you see that Bessons curriculum vitae includes Leon
, The Big Blue
and The Fifth Element
Still, thats not to say that Angel-A is a film without merit. Quite the contrary, in fact, as this simple, diverting tale has plenty in its corner. Andre, played by Jamel Debbouze, is just about to end his life. When we meet him, hes heavily in debt and he chooses to drown himself in the River Seine. Yet hes saved by the mysterious Angel-A of the films title (played by Rie Rasmussen), and she offers to help Andre pull through his current problems. Thus, the stage is set for a pleasant, engaging mix of comedy, drama and a dose of romance, made all the stronger by its likeable lead actors.
While Angel-A is undoubtedly lacking the ambition of some of Bessons earlier work, its a film thats hard not like. Its beautifully shot, tightly put together and thrives on its ultimate simplicity. It wont be a dish to everyones taste, but its nonetheless likely to reward the majority who are tempted to give it a spin. --Jon Foster
United Kingdom released, Blu-Ray/Region B DVD: LANGUAGES: French ( Dolby DTS-HD Master Audio ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Black & White, Featurette, Interactive Menu, Making Of, Music Video, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: ANGEL-A follows self-described liar and shady businessman Andre (Jamel Debbouze), who is down on his luck and owes Parisian gangsters money. In a desperate and weak state, Andre finds himself on the edge of one of the City of Light's majestic bridges, ready to plunge into the river below. After one last look around him, he catches sight of a statuesque blonde woman, tears streaking down her gorgeous face, also standing on the ledge just a few feet away. She makes Andre forget about his problems for a moment, and he pleads with her not to jump. She does anyway, and he goes in after her, dragging her to safety. The damsel-in-distress, Angela (Rie Rasmussen), insists on hanging around Andre, doing whatever he tells her, as a way to pay him back for saving her life. Finding it hard to say no to her, and resisting her mesmerizing beauty, he recruits her, somewhat begrudgingly, to help him figure out how to settle his debts. What Andre soon discovers is that meeting Angela was no accident, and that they both need saving, not just from death, but also from themselves.ANGEL-A boasts entertaining performances by Debbouze as the scrappy and quick-tempered Andre and Rasmussen as the optimistic and unassumingly wise and playful Angela. The unlikely pair sparkle onscreen together. ANGEL-A is beautifully filmed, with the black-and-white cinematography capturing all that is engaging and romantic about Paris. ...Angel-A (2005) ( Angel A ) ( Alerte rouge ) (Blu-Ray)