Everyone’s favorite American Horror Story witch, Taissa Farmiga, is up to no good in her latest film, Anna. Anna was originally released as Mindscape before Vertical Entertainment bought the property. Anna is about a troubled young girl accused of attempted triple homicide after three of her classmates at boarding school are involved in a mysterious accident. Anna, once home form boarding school, refuses to eat. At the behest of her wealthy parents, she begins treatment sessions with John Washington, a man trained to enter the memories of others, who tries to determine the cause of her psychosis. Washington is soon in the snares of the young femme fatale, who may not be the damaged victim of abuse she presents herself to be.
I don’t want to say much more about the plot; in fact, I would suggest not watching the movie trailer if you have even the slightest interest in seeing the film. The trailer contains spoilers! They aren’t “Bruce-Willis-Was-Dead-All-Along” level spoilers, but they are little spoilers nonetheless, and I would have enjoyed the film more had I not known what was coming.
Anna wasn’t absolutely fantastic, and it won’t be the best movie you see all year. It is, however, a neat blend between a Hitchcock film, Inception, and Minority Report. There are some very nicely built moments of suspense, and the story itself is very engaging. The problem for me was in the pacing– if you’ve even watched a few suspense thrillers, you are probably two steps ahead of Washington for the bulk of the film. As such, the climax is clunky and feels a little trite.
That being said, I still enjoyed Anna! I’m a big fan of the Farmiga sisters, and I think Taissa convincingly played a truly intriguing young lady who is probably too clever for her own good. She is effortless in her acting choices, and she does a really excellent job of portraying Anna as a layered and complex figure, instead of a straight-up sociopath. The film is well-shot, well-directed, and well-acted; it is a great popcorn flick. Is it something you need to run out and see the second it gets released? No. Is it worth watching? Definitely.
Judge for yourself– see Anna in theaters beginning June 6th.
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