Anna

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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.

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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.

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Critic Reviews for Anna

All Critics (67) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (43)

  • Luc Besson demonstrates [with Anna] that he has lost the ability to innovate and to surprise viewers. [Full Review in Spanish]

    October 3, 2019 | Rating: 4.5/10 | Full Review…
  • (Luc) Besson is one of the creative minds who plays with the viewers and that leads them through extreme situations through the mind of a woman. [Full Review in Spanish]

    September 30, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The action starts to succumb to the director's insistence to introduce a series of flashbacks that become a repetitive strategy and that are detrimental to the story. [Full Review in Spanish]

    September 30, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Anna is worth watching and if you are a Besson fan, you won't be disappointed.

    September 20, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Anna is a project that makes viewers eager to know more about the protagonist's life before and maybe even after the events depicted.

    September 16, 2019 | Rating: 7.5/10 | Full Review…

    Hanna B

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  • 'Anna' winds up working as an authentic conversation starter. [Full Review in Spanish]

    September 4, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

    John Tones

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Audience Reviews for Anna

  • Jan 24, 2020
    From Luc Besson comes the action-packed spy thriller Anna. The story follows a Soviet spy named Anna Poliatova who poses as a fashion model but is secretly an assassin; however when she learns that she's been lied to by her handler she attempts cut a deal with the CIA and get out of the spy game. It's kind of a formulaic and cliché plot (with the whole sexy female spy thing), but Besson manages to spice it up with a non-linear narrative that uses flashbacks to reveal the twists; which helps to heighten the suspense. Newcomer Sasha Luss gives a solid performance and handles the stunt work quite well, and she's backed by a strong supporting cast that includes Helen Mirren, Luke Evans, and Cillian Murphy. Additionally, the fight sequences are dynamic and exciting. While its bit derivative and recycles a number of spy tropes, Anna manages to be an entertaining film that delivers a few surprises.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 28, 2019
    If Red Sparrow was the crap version of Atomic Blonde, when the Hell does that make the crap version of Red Sparrow? ...Fuckin' Anna I guess.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 17, 2019
    Luc Besson takes another ride on his poor-girl-becomes-badass-assassin bicycle. He's given this bike lots of gears, err, plot twists, to keep things interesting. These pictures must be profitable else why return to the formula time and again?
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jun 23, 2019
    Anna feels like it would have been a passable movie people might have bought on VHS in passing 25 years ago. It is a tired femme fatale narrative, that is executed less tightly than most. When watching the movie you will encounter reminiscence of other movies like Atomic Blonde which play out similar scenarios even better than. The story is told out of sequence and is hindered by constant time skips and jumps that at times seem unnecessary, and leads to a constant guessing game of who is actually in control of driving the plot. A Cold war thriller with a Navy Brat turned assassin caught in the middle of a secret war between the CIA and the KGB. Performances are solid. Newcomer Sasha Luss does a good job pulling off her acting and choreography during the stylized action sequences. The action itself seems to be over the top and romanticized as she pulls off near impossible feats, with seemingly no observed training or preparation whatsoever. There are also character breaking sequences, where the movie profile's her as being extremely tactical and intellectually decisive, and then forces the audience watch her do things that don't fit that mold she is supposed to be struck from. The movie does however show her extremely deadly physicality, but never alludes to any past self defense mastery ever, and I'm sorry but dropping out of ROTC Navy cadet school isn't going to cut it. Her motivation for doing anything is also unclear at points and then switch by the end of the movie into something completely different and not referenced from before. The side characters however are fleshed out fully. It is understood what they are doing and why they are doing it. Especially Helen Mirren who did a great job. The movie was riding on much her full on method acting. The movie was riding on much her full on method acting. The movie's tone also flips on a whim with inconsistency. The movie is also hurt by over and under editing, framing, and even the music selection, sounds like it was pulled from an early 90's suspense stock MIDI library, which might have been intentional given that the movie takes place in the 90's but making it feel like a 90's production would put this in line with parody more than anything. There were even moments of basic eye line camera crossing that were to obvious to overlook and sometimes didn't make sense to what the character's focus was on. I was expecting something major to happen, or an envelope to be pushed, but nothing ever happens. No stakes are raised, and their is no "wow" moment. It comes across as bland, and repetitive.
    Vincent T Super Reviewer

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