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Anna (2019)

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Violent, escapist action has a strong female lead.

Movie R 2019 119 minutes
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age 17+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 18+

Adult movies are for adults, imo

Not a very compelling movie; recycled story, told in a clumsy manner, average acting at best. Nudity, foul language, drug use, not a movie for kids at all in my book. Fun if you're an adult, and maybe if you can't find anything better to watch, like on an airplane...
age 17+

Is It Any Good?

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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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