A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie is mostly about a quest for "freedom," which is defined (for the main character, at least) as not having to be under the control of anyone else. Otherwise, the movie is mainly about an endless string of killing in your country's name.
Positive Role Models
Anna is a strong, powerful woman, but she never truly feels free or like her own woman (it's a goal she works toward throughout the movie). She's also a relentless killer, and she can be seen as representing an unrealistic female body image.
Violence & Scariness
Strong martial arts violence, with hitting, kicking, stabbing, slicing, impaling. Lots of guns, shooting, blood. Characters are shot, with blood spurts. Car crashes. Dead bodies. Pools of blood. Severed head in a box. Character swallows suicide drugs. Elderly character with bloody face locked in car trunk. Woman bashed in head. A character slices her own wrist, yielding a puddle of blood. Someone is beaten with a camera.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Anna has sex with two men at different times; thrusting shown. She's topless in one scene, wears lingerie and revealing/tight clothing throughout. Passionate kissing. Stripping clothes off, heavy breathing. Scene of a man and two women together in bed. Sex talk. Reference to prostitution.
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Strong language, with several uses of "f--k," "s--t," "t-ts," "bitch," "hell," "idiot," "pr--k," "Christ" (as an exclamation).
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Supporting character chain-smokes cigarettes. Some social drinking, champagne, etc. Dialogue about buying beer, "getting high."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Anna is a sleek, violent action movie from director Luc Besson (The Fifth Element) about a KGB assassin (supermodel Sasha Luss). Expect lots of intense martial arts violence, with punching, kicking, stabbing, slicing, and impaling. You'll see dead bodies and lots of blood, guns and shooting, car chases/crashes, and more. Anna is topless in one scene, sometimes wears revealing lingerie, and has sex with more than one partner. There are also scenes of passionate kissing, heavy breathing, clothes being ripped off, and a man in bed with two women. Characters talk about sex, and prostitution is referenced. Language is strong throughout, with uses of "f--k," "s--t," "t-ts," and more. A supporting character chain-smokes cigarettes, social drinking is shown, and there's a reference to getting high. Anna is a strong, powerful woman, but she's also a relentless killer, and she never truly feels free. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Writer/director Luc Besson returns with another action movie that prizes swift economy and slick entertainment over depth and meaning, but centers on a powerful, strong leading woman. Anna reunites the director with supermodel Luss, who previously appeared as a princess in Besson's underappreciated Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. Unlike many models-turned-actresses, Luss is quite commanding and relatable on-screen. She manages Anna's complexly choreographed action scenes with grace and skill and effectively conveys the sheer overwhelming exhaustion of her situation.
Besson tries to get clever with his time-flipping screenplay, which throws viewers back and forth to various moments between the mid-1980s and the early 1990s. While the device is somewhat silly -- and nowhere near as effective as it is in, say, Pulp Fiction -- it actually does help keep a measure of mystery around the character. In the cast, Mirren is plenty of fun, chewing the scenery as a curt, unforgiving veteran KGB agent, and the two main male characters (Evans and Murphy) are understandably smitten with Anna. Anna may run a little too long (it's not as smartly compact as Besson's terrific Lucy), but it looks great, moves beautifully, and feels like total, successful escapism.
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