Anna (II) (2019)
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The one , yes one, highlight is the right scene seen in the trailer. That's it.
The acting and character growth is disappointing. Surprising considering some of the actors involved. Things happen too quickly and for no reason at all.
Biggest gripe about the movie is the confusing timeline. The story keeps jumping forward and backward in time so that you are totally lost when the story is happening.
All in all, go watch Nikita again , this is a poor clone of a classic
In this action film, a woman with a troubled past becomes one of the KGB's most feared assassins.
If writer/director Luc Besson ("The Professional", "The Fifth Element") wants to continue making action films of this caliber, he'll have to kick it up many notches. Besson's issue is that we continues to make the same film over and over again but with slightly alternate storyline. It's old, been done before and ultimately boring. Who's the star of this film? Helen Mirren; who is incredible in every scene she's in. "Anna" has a one or two solid action sequences but beyond that it's nothing special.
Luc should have selected a credible environment and a more credible borderline anorexic female assassin that leaves Rambo in the dust.
Everyone had a mobile phone in Moscow. Oh boy.
USB flash drives, hello! what's wrong with you Luc?
Supermarkets, Banks and ATM machines in 1985's Moscow. Of course.
Removable hard drives from server rooms full of fiber optics and micro servers that didn't exist in 1988
Laptops in Moscow in 1985, first they didn't exist and second in the hands of a John Doe and with internet access!
Magnificent clubs and restaurants in Moscow in 1985
And it goes on and on.
The story and the character are less credible than a flash drive years before they we invented.
Among Luc's worst films ever.
There is NO female John Wick (and never will be). A movie full of annoying reviews, rediculous mistakes (USB in the late 80's/earlier 90's, Wi-Fi connections and good mobile connections!? 😂😂) This list goes on and on.
Too many twists and turns and the Russian Elite is too stupid to shoot a girl with automatic mashine guns from close range.
Not even the Action-Sequences were good enough to save this film.
Like "Atomic Blonde" - this is one of the worst I've ever seen. Absolute crap!!!
Anna is a kind of 2019 remake of La Femme Nikita-(1990) with a new and original face (Sasha Luss) who does a decent job of fooling the viewer into different roads during the film. She has a female poker face and smile. I think Besson noticed her ability to deceive viewers earlier in her motion capture role during Valerian (2017) shooting and decided to remake Nikita with her. (Did he also fall in love with her as happened before with Anne Parillaud and Milla Jovovich? I am curious.)
Some younger viewers may have a problem with the action scenes: A female lead doing fast action scenes is not so original they would say: Atomic Blonde and Kill Bill for example, had them. However, my younger viewer friends should know that these films owe big time to Nikita and Leon. Maybe for that reason, in Anna, Besson makes fun of both Atomic Blonde and Kill Bill! Her black leather fight costume is a salute to Atomic Blonde and tens of black suited body guards that she kills in a restaurant is a smile to Tarantino. The earliest female hitman, sorry, hitperson was Nikita! She was a very big shock to viewers in 1990 (I had watched it also on the first day). So was Leon. Americans almost couldn't watch that great film due to censorship.
Anna the character is: 60% Nikita, 20% Leeloo of Fifth Element and 20% Leon's girl. Character Alex is = 100% Bob (of Nikita).
I recommend everyone to go and see Luc Besson's latest ideas and without giving away spoilers it is impossible to write more about this film. I liked it and enjoyed it. 9/10.
Mixing two good things together doesn't guarantee a better concoction. I like pizza and I like ice cream--mixing the two together doesn't yield a tastier food. In fact, it'd be a disaster. Anna was pizza and ice cream together.
Like Atomic Blond, Anna was blond (easy), slept with a foreign woman, and she could handle herself in a fight. Truthfully, she was better than Atomic Blond, she was more like a blond female version of John Wick. She took on dozens of well-trained men. Lorraine (Atomic Blond) fought two, maybe three guys at a time.
Listen, Anna could be the strongest 6 foot, 135 pound woman in the world: she's still 135 pounds. 135 pounds of muscle just doesn't add up to give her the strength to do what she was doing. But this is Hollywood so belief suspended.
Like Red Sparrow, Anna was Russian, worked for the KGB out of force, got mixed up with the CIA, and wanted out.
What Anna lacked that the two aforementioned movies had was uniqueness. Anna was a worse version of both, especially Red Sparrow.
You want to know what the real point of the movie was? Men suck.
The KGB was run by a dictatorial male. Anna's first KGB handler was a male. Anna's CIA handler was a male. She undid all of them mainly with her beauty and feminine wiles. Basically, both organizations are horribly represented in this movie because they can both be compromised by a beautiful woman. She was sexing up both her handlers which gave her access to things she wouldn't ordinarily be able to access. If it weren't for these horny, uber-masculine men then this would never have happened.
But, from the beginning it was about male shortcomings. Her boyfriend was a loser that abused her. The photographers in all her photo shoots were bossy demanding men (one she had to beat up because he took a phone call while telling her to hold her pose. Surely, he deserved it?). Every target she had was some man that was doing something illegal and was vulnerable because of his lust. Then there were the handlers. It was like all (straight) men will be brought down by their penis.
Anna, in the end was the smartest and the strongest. She was able to one up them all: the KGB, the CIA, and the KGB again. It's all very fairy tale and nothing unique.