Nikita (La Femme Nikita) (1990)
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Average Rating: 6.6/10
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The serpentine plotline of Luc Besson's La Femme Nikita begins its 117-minute slither when punkish, psychotic, and drug-ridden Nikita (Anne Parillaud) fires her gun into a cop's face following the stick-up of a drug store, and is promptly imprisoned. She is thrown into a dank cell, then injected with a substance and told it is a lethal toxin. Instead of dying, however, the comes to in an all-white interrogation room, where French intelligence officer Bob (Tchéky Karyo), informs her that an
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Begins with the materials of a violent thriller but transcends them with the story of the heroine's transformation.
If Luc Besson's latest goes into absurd overdrive, it does so with entertaining finesse.
[VIDEO] Before it spawned a cornucopia of television series knock-offs, writer/director Luc Besson's stylized 1990 French crime thriller set a new standard for the girl-with-a-gun movie trope.
A spy version of Pygmalion, complete with perverse romance, Nikita was well ahead of the curve when it came to women warriors as modern shoot-'em-up stars [Blu-ray].
This Besson thriller sparked many a wannabes, but it's clear this film stands on its own two feet, and kicks you in the head.
Very stylish and wicked, but it's the magnetic title performance that makes it a classic.
Superb thriller scored to Eurotrash synth pop, La Femme Nikita sets out a whole world of espionage and violence, and engages with a wild yet sympathetic lead.
Waaaay overrated by most, but still fun.
With a good cast, slick production values, and gritty action, it passes an enjoyable two hours.
Stylish and stunning, a real trend-setter
Besson's Parisian thriller is taut and terrific, turning the tables on stereotypes.
My attention never fails to drift from Besson's first international smash when his film detours into James Bond mediocrity...but [the picture] ends strongly.
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