Bob: You could say I work...for the government. We've decided to give you another chance.
Nikita: What do I do?
Bob: Learn. Learn to read, walk, talk, smile, and even fight. Learn to do everything.
Nikita: What for?
Bob: To serve your country.
Nikita: What if I don't want to?
Bob: Row 8, Plot 30.
French action director Luc Besson directs this film which can be split in two mini films.
The first half surrounds the story of a female street punk, Nikita, who kills a cop only to be sentenced to death. Instead she is taken by the government and put into a training facility where she is to become an assassin. Despite this, she is really groomed to be a woman. She spends three years going from a child to an adult.
The second half of the movie deals with how she has to live a double life as a real woman and a trained assassin, and the emotion that comes with all the death that surrounds her.
In the first half of the movie, Nikita develops a relationship with her mentor Bob. The second half, Nikita becomes involved and engaged to a man she meets. This triangle plays out well in the film, representing both Nikita's emotion and the different sides in her life.
Being a Besson film, it is beautiful to watch. Especially for being a low budget film, the movie has a clear style that reflects all of Besson's film, mixing the drama with humor and action.
Being a film about assassin's there is action, and when it is done, its done well enough, but the focus here is on characters, and they are very well handled. This is especially apparent with Nikita, played by Anne Parillaud, who portrays a sort of ugly-duckling Sabrina type.
It would also be hard not to mention Jean Reno, whose character goes on to inspire Besson's next film, Leon - The Professional. He is only in the film for a little bit, but he leaves an impression.
Very good film.
Victor: I am Victor the cleaner.