As a slick, over-the-top action picture, Anna works splendidly. It features multiple jaw-dropping set-pieces, including a restaurant hit where Anna walks in with an unloaded gun and walks out after killing about a dozen thugs. The plot, while fairly predictable, is at least craftily constructed. On its own merits, this is one rollickingly entertaining film, that under ordinary circumstances Besson fans would adore.
Anna is not quite pedestrian but it never really feels like the work of someone with anything to say or prove. It’s competent and even complacent at times, a million miles from what one would expect from the director of The Fifth Element.
It’s nowhere near the embarrassment of Brian De Palma’s “Domino,” or any number of recent studio tentpoles. Nor is it fresh enough to pretend that audiences had missed out on something special if it had been buried altogether — except perhaps for Luss, who’s bound to get another shot.
The jumping back and forth in time didn't really do the movie much good. There's some really nice ation scenes, though they're more than just a bit unrealistic. There are quite a few scenes that add little to the story except just slow it down. The acting isn't too bad. All in all a reasonably entertaining movie, just too unbelievable to really be worth remembering.
Besson copes with the financial crisis of his production company by making a popular and louded action movie, with which he returns to the fundamentals of his cinema, his female archetype and a more carefree era for him. But time passes, fans of this genre have seen it all done before and better, and Luc is no longer funny, directing probably his worst film even if he tries to update the clichés with female friendship, the matryoshka identity of his new heroin not credible even for a moment and embarrassing technological anachronisms. Forgettable at most except for the adrenaline that spurts thanks to the two timeless hits of Technotronic and INXS.
TF1 Films Production,
Orange Cinéma Séries,
Télé Monté Carlo (TMC),
Crédit d'Impôt Cinéma et Télévision,
Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit (CPTC),
Work in Progress