The Movie: 7/10
Spies. Espionage. Plots are afoot out in the big bad world to manipulate governments. No one is safe. No one is trustworthy. A tale as old as time, women and sex and vulnerabilities used to entrap or be trapped to topple regimes. Is this a surprise? No. Does this mean I didn’t like Anna? No. I liked it, a lot.
The cast is right. The stunts and fight scenes are powerful enough to keep me interested. In case you don’t know me, I get bored with same’ol same’ol fight scenes and car chases. I need to say “WOW” at least once to keep my brain from drifting to thoughts of a pee break or making a cup of tea in the middle of the movie. Anna kept me interested, start to finish.
I like our leading lady. She’s intense and does every aspect of her personality and different job requirements with a lot of attitude. We see her down and out, glamorous, ready to fight, and vulnerable. The only complaint I have is that it felt like someone was trying to create a character for a new franchise, and I do not want a franchise. I just want her in one contained story, and move on.
As much as I enjoyed the movie, it isn’t anything new. As I mentioned, it’s agents and spy stuff, trickery and playing games in the world of global politics…snore…but somehow it has that intangible quality I can never describe that somehow hypnotized me. 🙂
If you are going to watch Anna for the powerful action woman vibe, grab a couple other movies and have a marathon. I recommend you start with Anna, then go to A Vigilante, and then Atomic Blonde. The next day you might need to line up some lighter fair, Smurfs, Care Bears, something like that might cheer you up. haha
- Dressing A Doll: The Costumes Of Anna (8 Minutes) – Costume designer Olivier Bériot goes through the many many costumes Anna wears during the film.
- Anatomy Of A Scene: The Restaurant Fight (7 Minutes) – A breakdown of the fight in the restaurant. Fans of Luc’s earlier films might get a little deja vu here.
- Unnesting A Russian Doll: Making Anna (14 Minutes) – EPK style featurette that takes you through the making of the movie. Some nice on the set interviews with Besson for all you mega fans.
- Constructing The Car Chase (6 Minutes) – Stunt coordinator David Julienne looks at the trick cars they designed for the car chase.
- 4KUHD, Blu-ray & Digital Copy
Audio & Video: 9/10
Anna comes to 4K courtesy of Lionsgate and a 2160p transfer in 2.39:1 aspect ratio. This is a very crisp and clean UltraHD presentation that looks a million dollars across the board. HDR is used to enhance scenes and there is a definite upgrade here over the standard Blu-ray that is also included.
Anna comes with a full range Dolby Atmos track that is very LOUD and very precise including overhead activity in many of the action scenes. Dialog is clean and crisp , I did notice male voices sound a bit boomy so I dropped my bass control a couple of notches to compensate. My standout moment is a montage in the middle of the film set to INXS’s Need You Tonight which simply blows the ceiling off the sound-stage.
Overall Score 7/10