La Femme Nikita
release year:1990 genre:action/adventure viewing setting:home laserdisc, 5/27/98 what I expected:foreign basis for Point of No Return what I got:same film, different style
synopsis:a drug-addicted girl who doesn't give a shit about anything is taken and transformed (unwillingly at first) into an assassin
impressions:This movie was the basis for the other, and now I can see why they re-made it with American flavor. It's a little too French for my liking, despite the presence of Jean Reno as a top hitman. Still, it is entertaining, and it is original.
acting:The girl who played Marie did okay, but I thought the guy who played her mentor did a better job. Of course, Jean Reno's role was the best. Who else can take several rounds in the chest, then turn and calmly blow away six assailants?
final word:Good, and the original deal, but perhaps hard to watch at times - your tastes will vary.
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