La Femme Nikita (Nikita) Reviews

  • Aug 10, 2020

    When this movie originally came out, the concept was original & fresh! In hindsight, we now see how so many movies borrowed from this masterpiece. It is one of the first movie I saw three (3) times "in theatre" because I thought it was sooo good. It was groundbreaking! Anne Parillaud is the perfect anti-hero: rebellious, broken and vulnerable. Oh and she kicks some serious *ss!!!

    When this movie originally came out, the concept was original & fresh! In hindsight, we now see how so many movies borrowed from this masterpiece. It is one of the first movie I saw three (3) times "in theatre" because I thought it was sooo good. It was groundbreaking! Anne Parillaud is the perfect anti-hero: rebellious, broken and vulnerable. Oh and she kicks some serious *ss!!!

  • Jul 18, 2020

    Luc Besson's masterpiece.

    Luc Besson's masterpiece.

  • Jul 11, 2020

    Action classic with everyone at the top of their game.

    Action classic with everyone at the top of their game.

  • Jul 27, 2019

    The original La Femme Nikita is by my count one of the more memorable cult gems in recent cinema. In terms of raw style and audacity, Luc Besson's classic spy adventure is second to none. No matter how outrageous the plot gets, it never falls short in originality. Nikita is a volatile nihilistic hoodlum who hates authority. But when she's charged with a triple homicide, the French government decides to fake her death, then train her into a secret assassin. Lots of tough questions are raised in the film. Nature versus nurture… almost. Is a loose cannon and a criminal maniac doomed to stay that way? Nikita is a complex antihero with the capacity for change. But does she have the will for it? Maybe Nikita the psychopath was cast into that maniacal role by external factors, and not by some innate antisocial disorder. It makes you wonder, perhaps she'll break out of these psychopathic trappings and become an asset to society, even if it means using her ruthless survival skills from the past. In this way, it's as much a coming-of-age story as an espionage thriller. In some spy movies, agents have to get "broken" spiritually and psychologically during training, like street kids joining a gang. They get worked over to the point of no return. After a while assassin knows only to follow orders, raise no doubts, and give into the hive mind. It seems the reverse is true in Nikita's special case. In martial arts class, she repeatedly dethrones her sifu master when he challenges her to a fight. Once rehabilitated, Nikita gets a makeover by a trainer named Amande, in preparation for her first mission. Amande exudes glamour and vast experience in her niche skill of turning rebellious punk rockers into chic special agents. Façade and the primacy of youth are at the core of Nikita's choices at her current crossroads. There is the nagging fact that, despite the apparent tenderness shown by some of her trainers, her failure to pass the tests would mean certain death. As Amande divulges some important subtleties of female spycraft, she catches Nikita looking at her hands, which are veiny and knobby with age. "They were beautiful once," Amande says. "Now they give me away." Full review available at http://the-marlinspike.com

    The original La Femme Nikita is by my count one of the more memorable cult gems in recent cinema. In terms of raw style and audacity, Luc Besson's classic spy adventure is second to none. No matter how outrageous the plot gets, it never falls short in originality. Nikita is a volatile nihilistic hoodlum who hates authority. But when she's charged with a triple homicide, the French government decides to fake her death, then train her into a secret assassin. Lots of tough questions are raised in the film. Nature versus nurture… almost. Is a loose cannon and a criminal maniac doomed to stay that way? Nikita is a complex antihero with the capacity for change. But does she have the will for it? Maybe Nikita the psychopath was cast into that maniacal role by external factors, and not by some innate antisocial disorder. It makes you wonder, perhaps she'll break out of these psychopathic trappings and become an asset to society, even if it means using her ruthless survival skills from the past. In this way, it's as much a coming-of-age story as an espionage thriller. In some spy movies, agents have to get "broken" spiritually and psychologically during training, like street kids joining a gang. They get worked over to the point of no return. After a while assassin knows only to follow orders, raise no doubts, and give into the hive mind. It seems the reverse is true in Nikita's special case. In martial arts class, she repeatedly dethrones her sifu master when he challenges her to a fight. Once rehabilitated, Nikita gets a makeover by a trainer named Amande, in preparation for her first mission. Amande exudes glamour and vast experience in her niche skill of turning rebellious punk rockers into chic special agents. Façade and the primacy of youth are at the core of Nikita's choices at her current crossroads. There is the nagging fact that, despite the apparent tenderness shown by some of her trainers, her failure to pass the tests would mean certain death. As Amande divulges some important subtleties of female spycraft, she catches Nikita looking at her hands, which are veiny and knobby with age. "They were beautiful once," Amande says. "Now they give me away." Full review available at http://the-marlinspike.com

  • Apr 17, 2019

    It's nice to know a psychopathic well trained (for several years) assassin goes goo-goo and sensitive later on. It shows her feminine side nicely. Do me a favour!

    It's nice to know a psychopathic well trained (for several years) assassin goes goo-goo and sensitive later on. It shows her feminine side nicely. Do me a favour!

  • Feb 05, 2019

    Anne Parillaud's Performance propels the film beyond its genre. This stylised film is given heart and depth, well worth your time.

    Anne Parillaud's Performance propels the film beyond its genre. This stylised film is given heart and depth, well worth your time.

  • May 06, 2018

    A rather pointless story about a "strong female" assassin whose main power is constant crying. And a total waste of Jean Reno as well...

    A rather pointless story about a "strong female" assassin whose main power is constant crying. And a total waste of Jean Reno as well...

  • May 02, 2018

    Definitely the precursor in Beesons mind to Leon

    Definitely the precursor in Beesons mind to Leon

  • Apr 23, 2018

    Nikita von Luc Besson aus dem Jahr 1990 ist ein Film in dem eine Punkerin zu einer Profi-Auftragsmörderin ausgebildet wird. Dieser absolute Kultfilm mit einer herausragenden Anne Parillaud und einem grandiosen Tchéky Karyo ist brutal, berührend und humorvoll zugleich. Und cool ist er auch.

    Nikita von Luc Besson aus dem Jahr 1990 ist ein Film in dem eine Punkerin zu einer Profi-Auftragsmörderin ausgebildet wird. Dieser absolute Kultfilm mit einer herausragenden Anne Parillaud und einem grandiosen Tchéky Karyo ist brutal, berührend und humorvoll zugleich. Und cool ist er auch.

  • Jan 30, 2018

    I really liked it! Love how so much of the story is told through body language and facial expressions.

    I really liked it! Love how so much of the story is told through body language and facial expressions.