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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.

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Luc Besson

Writer:

Luc Besson (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sasha Luss ... Anna
Helen Mirren ... Olga
Luke Evans ... Alex Tchenkov
Cillian Murphy ... Lenny Miller
Lera Abova ... Maud
Alexander Petrov ... Piotr
Nikita Pavlenko ... Vlad
Anna Krippa ... Nika
Aleksey Maslodudov Aleksey Maslodudov ... Jimmy
Eric Godon ... Vassiliev
Ivan Franek ... Mossan
Jean-Baptiste Puech Jean-Baptiste Puech ... Samy
Adrian Can ... John
Alison Wheeler Alison Wheeler ... Dorothée
Andrew Howard ... Oleg
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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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Never Make the Weapon the Target

Genres:

Action | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, language, and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

France | USA

Language:

English | Russian | French

Release Date:

21 June 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR30,690,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,600,647, 23 June 2019

Gross USA:

$7,743,794

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$28,992,191
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Second big screen appearance by Sasha Luss, both times directed by Luc Besson. This time, she's the main cast. See more »

Goofs

When Anna retrieves the CCTV recordings from the hotel security system she takes a hard drive. CCTV systems of that time would have recorded onto video tape. See more »

Quotes

Piotr: If it wasn't for me you'd be on the streets turning tricks for meals
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Nikita revisited after 29 years by its prodigy author/director
21 June 2019 | by cemil-turunSee all my reviews

I have watched Anna on the first day of screening in a cool Istanbul cinema. I am a big fan of Luc Besson, knowing full well his great as well as some disastrous works. However, Nikita, Leon also Subway, Big Blue, Fifth Element are among my all time favorite films. Also "Taken" character is a creation of Besson! He is very original, a real European prodigy.

Anna is a kind of 2019 remake of La Femme Nikita-(1990) with a new and original face (Sasha Luss) who does a decent job of fooling the viewer into different roads during the film. She has a female poker face and smile. I think Besson noticed her ability to deceive viewers earlier in her motion capture role during Valerian (2017) shooting and decided to remake Nikita with her. (Did he also fall in love with her as happened before with Anne Parillaud and Milla Jovovich? I am curious.)

Some younger viewers may have a problem with the action scenes: A female lead doing fast action scenes is not so original they would say: Atomic Blonde and Kill Bill for example, had them. However, my younger viewer friends should know that these films owe big time to Nikita and Leon. Maybe for that reason, in Anna, Besson makes fun of both Atomic Blonde and Kill Bill! Her black leather fight costume is a salute to Atomic Blonde and tens of black suited body guards that she kills in a restaurant is a smile to Tarantino. The earliest female hitman, sorry, hitperson was Nikita! She was a very big shock to viewers in 1990 (I had watched it also on the first day). So was Leon. Americans almost couldn't watch that great film due to censorship.

Anna the character is: 60% Nikita, 20% Leeloo of Fifth Element and 20% Leon's girl. Character Alex is = 100% Bob (of Nikita).

I recommend everyone to go and see Luc Besson's latest ideas and without giving away spoilers it is impossible to write more about this film. I liked it and enjoyed it. 9/10.


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