I just got out of watching Anna.
Now I have a real soft spot for Luc Besson, as he made 3 movies in a row, which I absolutely loved (The Big Blue, Nikita and Leon) but I have enjoyed nothing since and have stopped watching his movies altogether.
I had no intention of watching this movie, as the trailer looked bad and it didn't interest me at all. But my eldest son asked me to go with him, and he has seen everything else playing, so Anna it was.
There were 7 people in, not counting me and my son. And I can't believe I'm going to say this, but it wasn't bad!! It was certainly better than the last few Steven Seagal movies I have watched.
I will say this straight off, the movie is sold/marketed wrong. The trailer (which I have seen numerous times on the big screen totally fails to convey what the movie is about, instead it just focuses on the movies two only action set pieces (not counting a car chase) the main one in the restaurant is half an hour in, and the last one is almost at the end. It's a lot more like Red Sparrow than the all out constant action trailer suggests.
Don't get me wrong, its violent, you see plenty of people die and it's very bloody, but it really wasn't what I was expecting. It is not straight forward either, it has more time hoping than Highlander, it is set in 1985, 1987, 1990 and 1991, but hops all over the time lines at different points, never following a straight narrative.
My son agrees that if it followed a straight narrative line, it would not have been anywhere near as interesting, as it was, it held our attention all the way through and we both enjoyed it.
Luke Evans and Cillian Murphy are both fine in their supporting roles and Dame Helen Mirren, simply steals every single scene she is in.
But it is Sasha Luss's movie and she does a fine job, I don't think I have seen her in anything before, if I have, she didn't stand out, but she was decent here, she handles all her scene's really well.
My only really complaints we're the action scenes were very John Wickish, in that it's just one person in kill mode on a computer game fighting countless, nameless goons.
All in all, I was pleasantly surprised.
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