The story of writer /director Luc Besson’s Anna is one that I don’t completely regret watching but I certainly didn’t love it either.
Anna stars Sasha Luss as Anna Poliatova; a stunning beauty with impressive secret skills and strength. Qualities that make her one of the world’s most feared government assassins.
I sat down to watch Anna with mild expectations of the film probably having similarities to Charlize Theron’s Atomic Blonde (2017). The main difference I found between Anna and Atomic Blonde is that even though Anna is quite engaging overall, Anna unlike Atomic Blonde, left me feeling as though the whole experience was almost completely hollow. Very surface level and in some ways a tad silly.
It’s interesting because the acting wasn’t terrible. Therefore, I’m thinking the issue is the story edit which played a part in me having minimal emotional connection to Luss’s character’s journey. Of course I wanted her to win – always, but the the question of ‘why does this feel so frivolous?’ remained with me through to the very end.
Perhaps you’ll find Anna to be a better experience than I did. The fight scenes, though not the most polished I’ve ever seen, they are quite entertaining. Give it a chance and see if you’re especially curious. Or…
Starring Octavia Spencer as the lonely and definitely unhinged Sue Ann, Mais the story of a group of teenagers who end up wishing that they never accepted a middle aged woman’s invitation to party in her basement.
Having had no idea about the true extent of Sue Ann’s lunacy, I enjoyed being surprised by it. And when Ma wasn’t busy thrilling me, I was appreciating the believable portrayal of teenage life, the close mother / daughter relationship and another notable performance by Spencer.
Director Tate Taylor’s film could certainly have taken a more realistic direction in terms of how particular aspects of the story played out – but I’m not mad about the end result. It was mostly realistic enough for me, and fun.
The only part that I wish had gone differently was approximately twenty minutes in, during the exchange between Ma and Gianni Paolo’s character. The dialogue and what happens in that scene just didn’t seem to quit fit, somehow.
Watch Ma if you’re curious. You may just have a good time.
New drama / thriller Angel Of Mine stars Noomi Rapace, Luke Evans and Yvonne Strahovski. It’s a Kim Farrant directed story about Lizzie, a grieving mother.
Lizzie lost her daughter in a tragic accident and starts to lose her grip on reality when she begins to think that her daughter may still be alive.
I’m in for a great Rapace performance. I’m also wondering whether Lizzie’s time in psychiatric care was simply ineffective or, was there a mix up and the the little girl is actually her daughter. There is definitely such a thing as ‘a mother’s instinct.’ And… they really do look alike. You see it.
Somebody bring out the DNA test!
Richard Roxburgh, Finn Little, Rob Collins, Rachel Gordon, Tracy Mann, Emily Gruhl, Mirko Grillini and Annika Whiteley also star.
There’s no denying that Murder Mystery,the latest movie from Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler gave me some laughs. The Kyle Newacheck directed comedy about an American couple who find themselves framed for murder while on a European vacation definitely brought the Sandler / Aniston on screen magic.
To elaborate, even though the murder investigation scenes barely proved engaging, I really liked the moments when it was just Aniston and Sandler’s characters talking to each other. Their comedy dynamic as a married couple is great. In fact, I’m almost certain that if Murder Mystery had just been Aniston and Sandler’s characters finally taking a vacation in Europe; bickering among themselves, enjoying and learning about the billionaire lifestyle but definitely minus the murder mystery elements, I’d probably have liked this movie that much more.
There was indeed room for the murder mystery to be better executed or perhaps that portion of this story just proved too cliché for me to appreciate. Nevertheless, I have no regrets because of the moments I did enjoy. Moments that also include the joke on the plane about the alternative earplug suggestion, and the scenes with Aniston and / or Sandler that featured Luke Evans’s very charming Charles Cavendish character.
Last but not least, one more key highlight is when I saw British comic David Walliams show up on screen. A truly joy-inducing moment for me personally because his character transported me back to the times when I watched his great work in the BBC’s hit comedy series Little Britain.
I say watch Murder Mystery if you’re curious about the highlights mentioned above. Maybe you’ll love it all even though I couldn’t.
Murder Mystery is a new action/ comedy starring Jennifer Aniston, Adam Sandler, Luke Evans and Gemma Aterton.
Directed by Kyle Newacheck, Sandler is a cop on a European vacation with his wife (Aniston) when they end up on the run after being framed for murder…
I like Aniston and Sandler on screen together and I actually can’t wait to find out who the murderer really is. I’m thinking that if the answer isn’t ‘all of them – except the Americans’, it’s probably Evans’s character. I’ve already ruled out the general with the eyepatch because it would be too obvious. You know, considering his deliberate handling of the murder weapon in front of everyone.
John Kani , Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Jackie Sandler, Terence Stamp and Mike Joseph also star.
Anna is writer /director Luc Besson’s story of Anna Poliatova; a striking beauty with a secret that will unleash her indelible strength and skill. Skills to become one of the world’s most feared government assassins.
Key cast includes Sasha Luss, Cillian Murphy, Helen Mirren, Luke Evans…
I wish that the weapon sound effects in this trailer didn’t sound quite so exaggerated. Especially for the moment at 1:10 when the neck slicing using two plate halves happens.
Regardless of my one gripe, this seems quite promising and I look forward to finding out how Anna compares to hit female assassin TV show Killing Eve (2018), Angelina Jolie’s Salt (2010) and Charlize Theron’s Atomic Blonde (2017).
Lera Abova, Alexander Petrov, Nikita Pavlenko, Anna Krippa, Aleksey Maslodudov, Eric Godon, Ivan Franek and Adrian Canalso star.
In new horror / thriller Ma, Octavia Spencer is Sue Ann, a lonely woman who befriends a group of teenagers and invites them to party at her house. Everything suddenly changes when they do the one thing Sue Anne asked that they don’t.
Ma is directed by Tate Taylor and co-stars Juliette Lewis, Luke Evans, Missi Pyle, Allison Janney…
I was most creeped out by this trailer when I saw what happens just after 2:10. Excited to see Spencer in a role I didn’t see coming.
May the finished film be even more interesting and /or surprising than I imagine.
Diana Silvers, Tanyell Waivers, Gianni Paolo, McKaley Miller, Dominic Burgess and Dante Brown also star.