Back in 1990, Luc Besson’s stylish French thriller Nikita cast Anne Parillaud as a drug-addicted killer who is transformed into a sexy government assassin. In the decades since, the prolific filmmaker has reworked this formula several times, in films such as Leon: The Professional, Lucy, and Colombiana, among others. Besson’s latest film, Anna, can be considered a full-blown remake of the 1990 hit, albeit with additional cold war elements. Barring a hilarious supporting turn from Helen Mirren, it is just another mildly diverting, assembly-line actioner from the once-great pioneer of France’s Cinéma du look.
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