Luc Besson directs Anne Parillaud, Jean-Hugues Anglade and Tchéky Karyo in this action thriller where a young woman, facing a life sentence in prison, is press ganged into becoming an assassin for the French government.
The action is still spectacular (the restaurant hit is an all time amazing set piece) but this sits in the memory more comfortably than the actual viewing experience plays out. Parillaud looks delectable but her acting is annoyingly all over the shop, downright irritating in a lot of scenes. And Besson seems to think that being convicted for maliciously shooting someone in the head in cold blood is the height of establishment injustice… which doesn’t ring true at all. Those dated, whiny aspects aside… this still looks superb. And we want the style not the substance.
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