Luc Besson’s lacklustre spy thriller Anna (2019) offers little more than a vanilla Villanelle knockoff

Anna Review

Although it opens like “America’s Next Top Model: The Movie”, Luc Besson’s latest action-fest plays out more like a poor carbon copy of last year’s “Red Sparrow”. It’s certainly more fun than “Red Sparrow”, but that’s not a particularly high bar to clear. Anna (Sasha Luss) is a KGB honey trap agent working in Paris … Continue reading Luc Besson’s lacklustre spy thriller Anna (2019) offers little more than a vanilla Villanelle knockoff

Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets (2017) Review

Luc Besson’s Space Oddity opens with a suitably inspirational opening as the story of Alpha (the eponymous City Of A Thousand Planets) is told through an evolutionary montage which nods to both Kubrick and Zemeckis. En route to Alpha to begin his next mission, Agent Valerian (Dane DeHaan) experiences a vision of the destruction of … Continue reading Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets (2017) Review

Taken 3 (2015) Review

The only thing ‘taken’ in this flaccid threequel is diabolical liberties with the audience’s patience and intelligence. When ex-CIA operative Brian Mills is framed for the murder of his ex-wife, he sets off to find out who really killed her, evading the LAPD and Russian mobsters as he closes in on the culprit. Where the … Continue reading Taken 3 (2015) Review

Lucy (2014) Review

In “Lucy”, Luc Besson has crafted an experimental 45 minute film, an art house meditation akin to “Under The Skin” on the nature of intelligence, awareness, interconnectedness and what it means to be human. Unfortunately, to stretch out the running time he’s wrapped it up inside a really dumb action movie that’s crashed into a … Continue reading Lucy (2014) Review

3 Days To Kill (2014) Review

Having been one of the relatively bright spots in the otherwise forgettable “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit”, “3 Days To Kill” finds Kevin Costner back in the spy game, this time in a typically bonkers Luc Besson script and directed by lightweight action director extraordinaire McG (perhaps we should be grateful it's not called “3 Days … Continue reading 3 Days To Kill (2014) Review