Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Cast: Luke Evans , Matthew Macfadyen, Ray Stevenson, Logan Lerman, Mila Jovovich, Orlando Bloom.
Synopsis: The hot-headed young D’Artagnan (Logan Lerman) along with three former legendary but now down on their luck Musketeers must unite and defeat a beautiful double agent (Mila Jovovich) and her villainous employers from seizing the French throne and engulfing Europe in war.
Review: 17th century setting, captivating visuals, interesting swordfights, beautiful costumes, all this in 3D; sounds good, right? But unfortunately, that’s all there is to this classic tale. Where all the grandeur works, the script fails to hold your interest. It had the potential to be far more superior, especially with the obviously lavish budget. But well, it still might be a decent enough watch for lovers of classic action dramas.
Famed Musketeers Athos (Matthew Macfadyen), Aramis (Luke Evans) and Porthos (Ray Stevenson) steal highly coveted airship designs from a high-security vault for France, but the sweet taste of success is short-lived. Their beautiful partner-in-crime, Milady (Milla Jovovich), plays a dangerous game of double cross that involves the Englishman, Buckingham (Orlando Bloom). So one year later, when the devil-may-care young D`Artagnan (Logan Lerman) journeys to Paris to realize his dream of becoming a Musketeer, he finds them a shadow of their former selves, working menial jobs and seeking a cause worth serving. What happens when the three famed musketeers unite forces with the young D`Artagnan to save France from impending doom? How will their conspirators, double agent Milady, Englishman Buckingham, and treacherous French royalty react to their renewed forces?
Mila Jovovich as Milady is the only standout performer, who captivates with her menacing screen presence and action sequences. Orlando Bloom does well despite not being part of the ‘central’ ensemble. The others I suppose aren’t bad, but nothing arresting either. Some of the action pieces are impressive while some others fizzle out. The lackluster writing and dialogues, combined with a slightly iffy pace can be blamed for it being disappointing. Other than that, the lack of fresh moments that wow the audience, also contributes to the ineffectiveness. All in all, it isn’t anything you haven’t seen before in movies of the same genre.
Verdict: Although visually and technically impressive, it still falls short of being engaging overall.