Details: More information can be found at https://anna.movie/ and https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7456310/
Anna is the latest movie from Luc Besson, whose most famous movies include Leon, The Fifth Element, Lucy and Valerian and the City of A Thousand Planets just to name a few. To me, Besson is most notable for taking beautiful women who aren’t that great at acting and making them the protagonist in action movies. I also know him as the director who oversexualized an underage Natalie Portman. Anna continues this tradition by taking an actual international model with debatable acting skills and making her the start of the show. Her performance in the action scenes was pretty good.
Details: Released in 2017. About two hours and twenty minutes long. Stars Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen. Directed by Luc Besson.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets comes from the director of The Fifth Element and obviously so. If you’ve seen The Fifth Element, then you can clearly see the influences in art direction from that film, except updated with the computer effects of today. Also like The Fifth Element, Valerian is a beautiful movie with incredible imagery, but a mostly nonsensical plot.
Details: Released in 1994. About two hours long. Directed by Luc Besson. Stars Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, Natalie Portman.
Leon: The Professional is another one of those classic movies that I’ve often seen mentioned on the internet but I’d never seen. Going into it, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. What I found was a movie that made me uncomfortable and cringe a lot. I think that’s the generally accepted response to statutory rape.
Details: Action, science fiction film that runs for an hour and a half. Stars Scarlett Johansson.
Interesting concept. The execution needed a little work. Overall an interesting film with some action but is mostly science fiction.
Directed by Luc Besson, it certainly shows his style. I also enjoyed watching the guy from Old Boy shout in Korean.
The biggest negative is that there is no real point or theme to the story. It’s just an hour and a half long ride where you get to see some sites in Taiwan and Paris, with some special effects thrown in. Plus, there’s Scarlett Johansson for those who enjoy her.
Score: 6/10 Somewhat enjoyable, but I would not buy the DVD.