The Film Anna finds writer-director Luc Besson squarely in his wheelhouse. But fans of this variety of stylized action have seen it all done before and better.
Beneath Anna Poliatova’s striking beauty lies a secret that will unleash her indelible strength and skill to become one of the world’s most feared government assassins. An electrifying thrill ride unfolding with propulsive energy, startling twists and breathtaking action, ANNA introduces Sasha Luss in the title role with a star-studded cast including Academy Award Winner Helen Mirren, Cillian Murphy, and Luke Evans.
The Director Besson has always been adept at the unreal — like telling a pulpy story about a gorgeous model who’s also a lethal killer. But perhaps unintentionally, his “Anna” is a well-made movie that feels like a dodge: a cartoon entered into evidence as a personal testimony.
Rating: R (for strong violence, language, and some sexual content)
Starring: Aleksey Maslodudov, Alexander Petrov, Anna Krippa, Cillian Murphy, Eric Godon, Helen Mirren.
Genre: Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: Luc Besson
Written By: Luc Besson
In Theaters: Jun 21, 2019 Wide
Runtime: 118 minutes
Studio: Summit Entertainment
What are the Critics saying about Anna 2019:
Adam Graham (Detroit News)
Besson is riffing on spy movies and their inherent double crosses and triple crosses, stopping just short of parody but letting the audience in on the trick. And thanks to Besson and a willing cast, the trick’s a pretty good one.
Benjamin Lee (Guardian)
What ultimately sinks the film is its overwhelming blandness, from the lack of creativity employed in Anna’s many kills to Besson’s inability to choreograph a pulse-racing action scene…
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky (AV Club)
But unlike Besson’s bugnuts, energetically dopey Scarlett Johansson vehicle Lucy, Anna is more invested in winking at the audience than being fun.
William Bibbiani (TheWrap)
Watching Anna brings with it a profound sense of déjà vu. If only anything else about it was profound.
Bilge Ebiri (New York Times)
Over and over, the film proceeds down one narrative path. Then jumps back as each twist reveals a new, hidden thread. Besson keeps the story and action clear while deftly slipping in minor details that prove crucial later on.
Benjamin Lee (The Guardian)
The Film Anna is not quite pedestrian but it never really feels like the work of someone with anything to say or prove. It’s competent and even complacent at times, a million miles from what one would expect from the director of The Fifth Element.
Brad Wheeler (The Globe And Mail)
The Film Anna relies on a time shifting structure that is laughably exhausting.