Luc Besson, 1990
Later called La Femme Nikita, Nikita is a groundbreaking film that revolutionized the genre of action films with a tough and sexy woman as its lead character. La Femme Nikita probably inspired a bunch of girls-with-guns movies.
A convicted young woman named Nikita (a remarkable Anne Parillaud) is given a new identity by a top secret government agency after being sentenced for life and “dying.” From being a grimy punk to being a sophisticated spy and assassin for the government, Nikita has a tough load to carry.
The romantic angle of the story adds more depth to the film. It’s an action movie. Oui. It’s a thrill of a ride. Oui. Just like life, it’s a drama. Oui. It’s a romantic film. Absolument! Nikita’s true antagonist is herself, not her targets nor her sadistic boss Bob. Will she go on living as a killing machine and conceal her profession to her affectionate and unsuspecting boyfriend (Jean-Hugues Anglade)? Or will she leave behind her nasty job and live an honest life? Nikita is torn between being a hitwoman and being a human being bound to be in love.
I’m not really an avid fan of Luc Besson’s films, but I admire the camera angles he used in La Femme Nikita, especially the one during the opening credits sequence of the film. Tres bien! The film’s original score is by Besson’s frequent collaborator, Eric Serra. He was able to highlight the characters’ emotions through his music. The film’s action sequences are simple and believable, unlike those CGI-powered “action” movies.
During the film’s release, La Femme Nikita was not really a critic’s favorite, but it still became an international success, eventually achieving its cult status.
My rating: 3/5 – La Femme Nikita is an entertaining romantic action film.
Trailer for La Femme Nikita:
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