Directed by: Luc Besson
Starring: Sasha Luss, Luke Evans, Cillian Murphy, Helen Mirren
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller, Mystery
Release date: 21 June, 2019
Running Time: 118 Minutes
Budget: $30 million
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.
Anna (stylized as ANИA) is a 2019 English-language French action thriller film written, produced and directed by Luc Besson. The film stars Sasha Luss as the eponymous assassin, with Luke Evans, Cillian Murphy, Helen Mirren and Alexander Petrov (in his debut English-language role) also starring.
The film was theatrically released in the United States on 21 June 2019 to be followed in France on 7 July 2019. It has received mixed reviews from critics.
Anna Movie Trailer:
A beautiful woman who has been the victim of domestic abuse, sees no point in continuing her life. In a turning point of her life, she accepts an offer by KGB officer Alex: after a year of training she is to work as a KGB assassin for five years, after which she will be free to continue her life as she pleases. KGB head Vassiliev is not willing to honor this agreement, implying that the only way out of the KGB is death.
She goes undercover as a fashion model and is hired to work in Paris. When she is found out by the CIA, they recruit her to kill Vassiliev, in exchange for the promise of immediate retirement and a protected life in Hawaii.
Meanwhile, Olga, her KGB handler, who earlier had reluctantly confirmed Anna as an operative, notices changes in Anna and confronts her. Olga agrees that Anna should kill Vassiliev, which would make Olga the new KGB head. After she completes her mission to kill Vassiliev, Anna meets both Alex and her CIA handler. Olga stages shooting Anna for her betrayal to the KGB. Anna, who is unharmed, escapes through a sewer line, changes her appearance, and finally becomes free.
For a while in the 1990s, Luc Besson (La Femme Nikita, The Fifth Element) was hailed as the new wunderkind of French cinema. His career has subsequently nosedived further with each new release. And his latest flick, Anna, is a goofy ride in which style trumps substance completely.
As always with Besson, production design is glossy, high-fashioned and full of panache. The protagonist is in fact a model (Sasha Luss), this time around. She’s lured into the spy trade by the KGB, and turned into a deadly assassin. Then dispatched on a killing spree across Moscow, Milan, Paris and New York. Car chases, double crosses and a quasi-lesbian relationship are thrown in for good measure.
The non-linear development seems designed to exasperate viewers. Mystifyingly, the leggy heroine is first shown to have a vicious streak (at one point she chops off the finger of an intended target), but then shapes up as a do-gooder desperately seeking a life of peace and quiet.
Helen Mirren, as a high-ranking Russian operative, is the only standout in the cast. Incidentally, Luc Besson was tainted by allegations of sexual harassment in the midst of filming. A lamentable mess of a movie, Anna is worth a skip for several reasons.