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Wait, What? ‘Colombiana’ Started As A Sequel To ‘Léon: The Professional’
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The Professional

The new Zoe Saldana action flick that hit theaters this past weekend, Colombiana, arrived to pretty mediocre box office numbers and overall critical response. But did you know the movie actually started off as a sequel to the 1994 Luc Besson–directed film, Léon: The Professional.

The Professional starred Jean Reno as a quiet and reclusive mob hitman named Léon who befriends a young girl named Mathilda (Natalie Portman) after her entire family is murdered by a corrupt DEA agent with a drug problem named Stansfield (Gary Oldman). She begs Léon to teach her what he knows so she can get revenge on Stansfield for killing her four–year–old brother—the only member of her dysfunctional family she really cared about—while in return she cleans his apartment and teaches him how to read.

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Digital Deal: ‘The Fifth Element’
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The Fifth ElementAmazon is offering up The Fifth Element for purchase for only $2.99 through their Video On Demand service.

This digital deal is only for today, Thursday, September 16, beginning at midnight PST and runs for 24 hours, so grab it while you can. The digital version is regularly $4.99, and the 24-hour rental is $2.99. [Update – sale is now live.]

Visit the The Fifth Element product page to purchase the film, which stars Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman, and Milla Jovovich.

Also, the Blu-ray Edition is only $16.49, and qualifies for the “Watch it Instantly” service, which means that while you wait for your Blu-ray copy to arrive, you can start watching the movie through Amazon’s On Demand service. (You will have 30 days to begin watching your rental and will have 24 hours to watch it once playback begins — so basically, you’re getting a free 24-hour digital rental with your Blu-ray purchase.)

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DVD Review: From Paris With Love
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From Paris with Love
DVD | Blu-ray
Directed by Pierre Morel
Starring John Travolta, Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Lionsgate Home Entertainment
Release Date: June 8, 2010

The ruin of From Paris With Love is caused by nothing other than its having relied on mindless and exaggerated action for the entire film. The title alone suggestions an early James Bond film with the same characteristics of mindlessness. Take out the action and what is left is a thing (can’t even call it a movie) of empty sounds. Director Pierre Morel, from a script by Adi Hasak, shows his incompetency in his inability to construct a cohesive film. His attention to the film’s plot is neglected, simply gathering ideas from numerous of other action films and employing them within his. Rather, he finds attention in the film’s many action sequences, all used up to the point of exhaustion. Finding any semblance of probability in the film can be a forlorn task because there isn’t any. What surprisingly drives the film, though, from start to finish is its unmatched reliance on the action scenes, all in which, paradoxically, keep the movie from succeeding and failing at the same time.

There is an extreme inefficiency in the film’s competence to construct the lowest plausibility factor available. It is a violent impetuosity of bombardment that guiltily works us over with time. But within that time frame we know soon enough that we are watching a film of ultimate futility, making sense of nothing and having no second thoughts about its inability to construct something that has the smallest grain of resonance. There are times where it unconsciously implies disdain rather than the coolness and heroism it is aiming for. Still, Morel’s passion for extreme action keeps the movie moving at a well paced time, never stepping outside of his continuous harmony.

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DVD Review: Transporter 3
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Transporter 3 Two-Disc DVD Fully Loaded Edition (2008)Transporter 3
Two-Disc Edition
Directed by Olivier Megaton
Starring Jason Statham, Robert Knepper, Natalya Rudakova, François Berléand
Lionsgate Film
Release Date: March 10, 2009

Spider-Man 3, Superman 3, and The Matrix Revolutions are just some examples of how good movies can go bad. Sure, they are entertaining on some level, but they never match up to their predecessors. So, I was not exactly sure what to make of The Transporter 3 when it came out. The series certainly made an impression when it first came on the scene but the sequel was definitely not as good as the original. Thankfully, fans of the series can rest easy: The movie far exceeds expectations.

The Transporter 3 continues the adventures of Frank Martin (Jason Statham), professional wheelman and overall badass. Frank has retired from the wheelman gig, mostly spending his time fishing with his friend inspector Tarconi (played once again by the great François Berléand) and living in his nice house. But as you all know, trouble is never is too far away as Frank’s famous Audi-S8 reenters his life in explosive fashion. Once again, Frank must take the wheel and the stakes have never been higher.

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