Nikita, a teenage junkie, participates in the robbery of a pharmacy owned by a friend’s parents. The robbery goes awry, erupting into a gunfight with the local police where her cohorts are killed. Suffering severe withdrawal symptoms, she murders a policeman and soon ends up in jail.
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Superb slice of gallic noir with Besson in fine form. Parrillaud is relevatory as the eponymous hero and the support cast is equally great. The movie both manage believable drama and pulse raising thrills which is not always easy to achieve. Sure, some parts feel quite dated and the pacing could have been better. Still a cool classic!
Everytime I watch it I'm fascinated from Luc Besson's ability to inject such emotion into an action-packed film (as he also did with Leon). Anne Parillaud's seminal performance as Nikita pulls you into the character and distances you at the same time.
Eric Serra's late-80s metallic sounding score also lifts the film to another dimension.
What makes 'Nikita' so special is definitely how different the main character is from most female characters in action movies nowadays. Nikita is messy - physically and psychologically - she is pretty but she is not over-sexualized. In that aspect it is very different from most action movies out there. The sadistic 'handler' is also a really cool character with an interesting relationship with Nikita. Worth a watch.
Bullets with a soul. Apart from all its positive aspects, I must underline the fact that they allowed Nikita's feminity not to be defined solely by her hair - i.e., they didn't resort to longer wigs. It's refreshing to watch a female lead whose flair doesn't fall plainly in her over-sexualized appearance.
A rare example of a leading lady in an action/thriller, Nikita is, so long as disbelief is suspended, a fine genre entry, enhanced by Eric Senna’s atmospheric, commendable score. An early action set-piece echoes the hyper-stylised efforts of 80’s John Woo, but this isn’t an all-out action onslaught at any stage, there’s no bloated Third Act Syndrome here. Instead, Besson takes time to establish Nikita, creating...
I was completely unprepared for Anne Parillaud's performance. At first, I found her almost repulsive. And then she changes and it's so convincing that I'm quite moved by the end. Kudos. The only sour note is Jean Reno, who is hilarious, but almost seems to come from a different movie (that, and he's the worst cleaner of all time).