- Direction: Luc Besson
- Actors: Sasha Luss, Helen Mirren
- Rating: 2 / 5
For a while in the 1990s, Luc Besson (La Femme Nikita, The Fifth Element) was hailed as the new wunderkind of French cinema. His career has subsequently nosedived further with each new release. And his latest flick, Anna, is a goofy ride in which style trumps substance completely.
As always with Besson, production design is glossy, high-fashioned and full of panache. The protagonist is in fact a model (Sasha Luss), this time around. She’s lured into the spy trade by the KGB, and turned into a deadly assassin. Then dispatched on a killing spree across Moscow, Milan, Paris and New York. Car chases, double crosses and a quasi-lesbian relationship are thrown in for good measure.