Theatrical Release: June 21, 2019


The Dove Take:

Anna is a movie about a woman with lethal skills, with a view to too many kills and so over-the-top it’ll leave you green at the gills.

Dove Review

The Synopsis:

Beneath Anna Poliatova’s striking beauty lies a secret that will unleash her indelible strength and skill to become one of the world’s most feared government assassins.

The Review:

Nothing is quite what it seems in Anna, a movie that tap-dances between the present and a fill-in-the-details past in ways reminiscent of, say, Pulp Fiction. A woman who appears to be a French top-fashion model (Sasha Luss) turns out to be an undercover, lethal, ring-up-the-body-count KGB assassin in ways eerily reminiscent of La Femme Nikita, which shouldn’t be all that surprising given that the same imagination— Luc Besson’s—is responsible for both movies.

This movie has so many reasons why it can’t be Dove-Approved, you’re bound to agree with one: Over-the-top violence? Check. Coarse language? Check. Sex? Check. Drugs? Check. Amid all the action and gore, there’s a sad undertone, because, at heart, Anna’s a woman trapped and trying to find her way out. The KGB traps her into doing its bidding, with Dame Helen Mirren and Luke Evans playing her handlers, the no-nonsense Olga and Alex Tchenkov. An American CIA agent named Lenny Miller (Cillian Murphy) blackmails her into doing his bidding and makes her a double agent.

The saying “live by the sword, die by the sword” comes to mind here—which is what Jesus told Peter when the disciple thought he would prevent his Master from being arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane and could secure His freedom by slicing off a scoundrel’s ear. But no matter what the weapon of choice is—and in this movie, Anna is forced to improvise on the spot, using everything from bullets and borrowed guns to cutlery and broken china —you simply can’t kill your way to freedom.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Anna uses sex to seduce and then kill. She also flirts with, and kisses, a woman in bed. A threesome is depicted (one man, two women). Passionate kissing. Sounds of intercourse at another time. Prostitution is implied. Sometimes, it seems it's not really sex, but perfunctory for the purpose of manipulation.
Language: Scores of F-bombs and S-bombs. Jesus's name is taken in vain. There's also a--, b--ch, d-mn, h-ll, pr--k and t-ts.
Violence: Anna slits her wrists in a suicide attempt she thinks better of shortly afterward. She later shows off an ability to kill with whatever's handy. A man's finger is cut off; evidence of a decapitation; choking; car crashes
Drugs: Pick your poison: alcohol, marijuana, hard liquor, cigarettes; Anna is a recovering addict.
Nudity: Woman appears topless; woman appears in scantily clad lingerie; tight clothing is shown.
Other: None


Company: void
Writer: Luc Besson
Director: Luc Besson
Producer: Luc Besson
Genre: Action
Runtime: 119 min.
Reviewer: Darryl M.