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4.15

Awesome52.08%
Worth A Look: 14.58%
Average: 31.25%
Pretty Bad: 0%
Total Crap: 2.08%

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La Femme Nikita
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by Greg Muskewitz

"Not at his best."
3 stars

Second directorial effort of French director Luc Besson, La Femme Nikita is the story of a street-punk named Nikita (Anne Parillaud, sometimes resembling Milla Jovovich, sometimes Jamie Lee Curtis) who kills a cop and is sent to prison for life.

But the girl's got vim and is extremely aggressive, so she is instead secretly drafted to be trained as a government agent. A kind of hitman, or hitwoman, have you. She is manumitted back into public on her 23rd birthday (after three years in training) to be contacted when in need for a mission. The story is very conducive because it has a vicarious appeal to the audience --that whole ability to lead a double life. To your fiancée, you work as a nurse on call at any time, but when you are called into the mission, you are but a pawn to be moved; the maid who delivers the coffee with a microphone hidden in the handle, a tracker in the top of the sugar-shaker. But for as intriguing as the story grips you, like movies similar to this all too often succumb to, is the ability to keep it coming. There is an awesome early action scene when she hasn't learned that it is a training exercise, and even though her involvement the missions are not always of gigantic proportions, they are quite interesting regardless. Despite that, there are still several consequences and inadequacies that La Femme Nikita faces. From the startpoint, Nikita is a ruthless, cold-hearted murderess, and she physically injures any person she is given the opportunity to. We are never given any information as to an abusive or rough childhood aside from that fact that she hangs out with the wrong crowd or delinquents. Therefore, we are given no reason to like her. While that may be foremost on your brain for awhile, it does faint away, that is until the end when you are reminded of her dastardly nature. Second, when she is given the opportunity to direct a mission herself and take charge, when part of the stakeout goes wrong, the script is unclear as to why it went wrong, why the cleaner (Jean Reno) was called in, and why the guy freaked out when Reno was "cleaning?" From that point on, La Femme Nikita continues to lose validity for the fact that it loses any sense it was making. Suddenly she is in trouble for having pictures taken at the consulate, her involvement as the director, etc. There was no copula to help discern what went wrong and what was going on, and then when the fiancée tells her he knows of her real activities, and she takes off, again, it continues not to add up. Only to confuse. What reason did she flee? Why should we feel sorry for her? As far as the government and I was concerned, she was still paying off a debt to society. A life-long debt. Otherwise, she should have been in prison. Nikita gets no sympathy. The movie gets a little. With Jeanne Moreau.

Final verdict: B-.

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User Comments

8/21/12 edutra american remake is decent, but this version is trash 1 stars
10/10/05 Agent Sands The remake's actually better. This one's a little too pokey. 3 stars
7/26/05 Asia amazing movie. 5 stars
1/13/05 Tom Benton Luc Besson's first masterpiece, a stylish, artistic thriller; one of the best of the 90's. 5 stars
11/16/04 matt wakeman Stylish but also surprisingly touching. 4 stars
9/26/04 Tor Honolulu This is the real thing, the authentic, the original, the worthy one 5 stars
5/19/04 John a little far fetched but fun - a few good sequences make it worth while 4 stars
3/27/04 SoulFx i love movies with great style! :) 5 stars
3/26/04 bikehorn Parillaud is amazing. This part was written for her. Great film 4 stars
9/29/02 Desaparecido Real urchin to real lady. Thorny throughout. Pple w holes in their souls (not instead of). 5 stars
4/25/02 Butterbean Parillaud reign surpreme over Bridgette Fonda's unconvincing "hollywoodish" version. 4 stars
11/28/01 Dylan Pemberton Cooler than a month in Antartica with bermuda shorts & packs of ice strrapped to your body 5 stars
11/11/01 R.W. Welch Implausible, hyper-violent stuff, stylishily done by good cast. 4 stars
8/29/01 INCUBATOR Rulez forever 5 stars
6/17/01 The Bomb 69 great flick, the ending was off-putting though 4 stars
5/18/01 Bada Bing Crosby Magnificent in every area. That means it was not made in Hollywood by a-holes 5 stars
5/07/01 Mikko Salminen Surprising and original. 5 stars
11/28/00 MovieBuff2000 Everyone has to see this movie! 5 stars
10/20/00 Johnny Figaro American ripoffs are aggravating, but also a testament to the impact of the original 5 stars
5/27/00 The Cleaner fucking rocked! kicked all ass! naw, ever luc besson film rocks 5 stars
12/13/99 olivier Brun You have to be French... This movie IS awesome! 5 stars
5/23/99 GothamDK Classic action with great style. TV & Point of NR are an insult. They just don't get it. 5 stars
5/07/99 Lucas Jackson This was a good movie,but I have seen lots better 3 stars
12/14/98 Jules When action movies had action and story. But not 5* for films like Reservoir Dogs. 4 stars
12/14/98 Shadow Raider Great movie, great TV series. Up yours, Buffy! 5 stars
12/13/98 Binky A great film that has way more class than the remake. 5 stars
11/25/98 Mr.Pink Entertaining, baeutiful and well-made, but it's very shallow 3 stars
11/23/98 Lord Of The Dunce It doesn't get any better than this. French or no, you need to see thie movie, now. 5 stars
10/28/98 Silent Rob A great film that has inspired others to mediocrity. Avoid 'Point of No Return', PLEASE!!! 5 stars
10/02/98 {{{OZ}}} This is a great fucking movie. The remakes were not even close to this brilliance. 5 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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  02-Oct-1990 (R)

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