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ANNA
February 29, 2020  | By David Bianculli

HBO, 8:00 p.m. ET

 
Luc Besson, writer and director of 1990’s La Femme Nikita, wrote and directed this 2019 movie, an almost next-generation update with a similar plot. Sasha Luss plays the title role, a beautiful Russian woman who is recruited as a superspy and deadly assassin. Some of the story points are so similar – an imperious female trainer (this time Helen Mirren) running the would-be killer through their paces, and an assigned hit intentionally botched to test her mettle under fire – that you may have waves of déjà vu. But the action sequences are better than in most Bond or Bourne films, and Luss’ Anna, in each of her disguises, is captivating. So enjoy.
 
 
 
 
 
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