Anna Review & Comments

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    1. Coulson

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      Fair enough. Jet and Jackie can be very convincing.

      Anyway Cas's review of Anna is so damning that I may have to give it a look if I come across it lol.
       
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      Yeah exactly. I'll buy Gina Carano in Haywire ,say, but this girl (although I've not seen it) looks like she stepped straight off a catwalk in Milan. Its going to take a heck of a lot of training before Rosie Huntington-Whiteley can beat up the Russian mafia.
       
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    3. Coulson

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      Gina Carano's cousin? Sorry it was just there :)
      Unless they were also in high heels?
      Maybe I should go back to taking my medication again.
       
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      I enjoyed it that more than the majority of the other high profile blockbusters of this year.
       
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      Not seen this cinematic masterpiece yet, (and probably won't unless I'm kidnapped by ISIS and offered the option of either viewing this or being waterboarded).
      The best comment I've read so far is - 'makes Shaft look like Godfather II'.
       
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      And I'm all for lingerie but

      It was a bit gratuitous, she was meant to be some top fashion model dressed in exquisite clothes but she seemed to wear dresses that didn't reach her stocking tops like some cheap streetwalker. Less is more

      Cheers,

      Nigel
       
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      Whenever a film appears that you have heard absolutely zero about, you know it is going to be rubbish and that the studio know it is rubbish so have denied any marketing at all.
       
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      Thanks Cas. Great review. Shame about the film.
      Didn't have high hopes based on trailer, but have always had a soft spot for Besson. Subway, Big Blue, Nikita and Leon always very high on my list of faves.
      Fifth Element grew over time, and now on my Sci-fi list.
      Lucy is decent enough - background entertainment - perhaps in the same category as Valerian and the likes of John Carter (not a Besson I know - but another switch-your-brain-off-look-up-once-in-a-while-doing-the-ironing-movie).
       
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      Quite frankly the only thing that lingered in my mind after watching Anna was the gratuitous side-boob during one of the painfully unromantic scenes and Sasha Luss might as well have just got her kit off (like Jennifer Lawrence in Red Sparrow) to generate some press for this otherwise forgettable flick.
       
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      Yeah, it's been a pretty bad year for blockbusters hasn't it?

      I initially wondered whether it was because I'd seen it at the cinema. Some of Besson's scripted productions, like From Paris with Love, Columbiana and Lockout were perfectly enjoyable at home.

      But then I remembered talk of escaping to a country that didn't even exist at the time the film was set and just rolled my eyes. That doesn't even cost money to fix. You're in Russia and you have dreams of escaping the oppression of the KGB by going to the Czech Republic. Which in 89 didn't even exist because it was still part of Russia? Wow, so your characters have either been to the future or nobody actually read the script?

      Sure, they couldn't be bothered to get any rotary phones, but it wouldn't have cost anything not to have everybody use mobile phones? Not to give an impoverished druggie a laptop? Not to have the internet. Not to have every other scene be an utterly unnecessarily exposition-laden flashback which insults your intelligence.

      It's not even a matter of Besson not trying, you actually have to put some effort in to make something this bad. It requires some degree of skill at being this ignorant, oblivious, clumsy and utterly inept.

      If this was a Besson-scripted film, set in the late 90s, trimmed down to 90 minutes with no flashbacks and no dialogue for its lead 'actress' (another unanimous cinema laugh was when she got 'top marks for acting' at the KGB) and if it had been made by some no-name director for $10M and sent straight to DVD, it might get a pass. Watching for free. On Netflix.
       
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      Haywire anyone?

      Edit: teach me for replying to page one on a two page thread Doh.
       
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      I wish he’d posted this review before Saturday, so that I didn’t get dragged along to watching Anna :zonked:

      I was pondering whether to score this a 4 or 5 in the other thread but opted to round up my score... the mate I went with loves trashy films like this (he rated Anna an 8 and the trailer which excited him the most is the upcoming Gerard Butler film!) so think his enthusiasm rubbed off on me :laugh:
       
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      You need better mates :)

      But saying, i have liked some films recognised to be crap as long as I'm not at a cinema watching it. Give me some Atmos and HDR and I'm yours. But there are limits and this sounds like the kind of thing I would "find" just to see if a score of 3 was too generous.
       
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      Indeed. The only two that have been exceptional IMO have been Endgame and Toy Story 4. Spider-man, Alita, Captain Marvel, HTTYD3, and John Wick 3 were all pretty good. Everything else can be discarded IMO.
       
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      Yup, that's a great list.

      I think I no longer count Disney when it comes to reflecting on a 'bad blockbuster year', because they're so reliable they can just take my money! So every year (on average) turns out a pretty good Disney blockbuster year.
       
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      The only one of theirs I haven't been moved to check out yet is Dumbo. But yes, I still love the mouse house.
       
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      I used to go to the cinema maybe once in a couple of years. Then the first Avengers film arrived and absolutely everything changed. I still get giddy thinking about the first time I saw that film. Hell I could watch that film again right now and it's arguably not even as good as Civil War, Infinity War and Endgame.
       
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      Anna, pourquoi?
       
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      I’ve got an Unlimited membership and Watford Cineworld have installed Barco Laser projectors (HDR definitely makes going to the movies more enjoyable however I’m still not entirely sold on Atmos but it might just be that local Superscreens have been done on the cheap and I’m looking forward to sampling Dolby Cinema at some point) in every screen, so end up watching any old tosh nowadays :laugh:

      I’ll probably end up enjoying Angel has Fallen more than Anna as I know what to expect from Gerard Butler films, whilst I was expecting a tad more panache from Luc Besson.
       
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      No you are not! Unless it is outside London. I got better surround in screen 2 of the new Empire cinema. Apparently if you sit in a particular area of the cinema you do at least get surround.
       
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      To be fair at least it is not a superhero film.
       
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      CH, is absolutely spot on with his issues with the film, they’re blatant in the extreme, also as he points out, people were laughing a lot, I was one of them. I had a throughly entertaining time.
       
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      As soon as someone says "Worst film of all time, don't go there!" I'm the guy barging his way to the front of the queue! I've not seen Anna so will reserve judgement till then, but given Luc Besson's financial troubles his churning out what was once called a quota quickie makes perfect sense. It's by-the-numbers, no-brain entertainment which is an easy sell in so many territories; theatrical, home entertainment and VOD, and also the stuff of sequels and TV-series spin-offs.

      With regard to women being able to dish it out in the martial arts, in my karate days there were two women at the club, both black belts, who loathed each other. Their bouts would always, unfailingly, degenerate into fights to the death. On one occasion it got so heated everybody was looking to the instructor, a 907th dan (Okay, I'm exaggerating, but still) to get in there and break it up. His expression was one of "Are you insane!? I'm not going anywhere near that!"

      Neither looked anything like Sasha Luss, though, and I ended up dating one of them. Her idea of a good Saturday night was "You take the one on the left and I'll do the other nineteen!" She later went into the police, was partnered with someone they called Big Eddie and they would send her in if they were worried about his or the dog's wellbeing.
       
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      Those last two paragraphs just won the Internet for today.
       
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      Oh this just sounds so painful. I mean this is a director who led the way and is much copied, so it's not surprising that people will be disappointed. Lucy is an out there film but an enjoyable one for all of that. I am sure it will be on some streaming service very very soon, but to be honest even then I am not sure I would make the effort to click play....
       
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      This looks awful, Valerian was pigsh*t of the highest order, The Fifth Element was just nonsense, and I don't like the fact he fudgeed a 15-year-old kid.

      He's made 3 good films IMHO. The Big Blue, Nikita and Leon. Lucy was OK. But Besson is a horrible little man.
       
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      Watch Luc Besson "KURSK" instead.
      Brilliant Submarine based film.
       
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      That is not really true.

      Lower budget films which in a certain climate the studio know won't appeal to the mass market can fly under the radar. Or the studio just don't get that given the right marketing the film will appeal.
       
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      I was hugely disappointed with Valerian, Besson back in Fifth Element territory but what a let down. Beyond the 90’s he’s only really been involved with trash, some of it very watchable some of it total pants.
       
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