There are films Noir, and there are thrillers. But Luc Besson gives us possibly the greatest film of all of these in "Nikita", the original film which later spawned a US clone titled "The Assassin", and a Canadian TV series.
Nikita, a drug-crazed killer off the streets, is sentenced to death for murder but wins a fatal reprieve - waking up after a supposedly lethal injection, and with the world believing in her demise, she is offered a choice: kill for her government or be killed in accordance with her sentence. This film follows her life as an assassin as she struggles to stay alive, but will her humanity - and her sanity - last that long?
This film is a true classic, possibly one of the greatest films of all time, which is a rare accolade for a non-US production. Besson's cinematography is at its peak here and he brings out the dark, wet, dirty streets of Paris to great effect, as well as creating the claustrophobic interior's of the section's training facility and cells. Combat is fierce and realistic, and may not be very suitable for younger viewers. The "18" rating is there for a good reason.
Any person considering themselves a true expert of cinema or anybody who wants to own the best there is should get a copy of this film as soon as possible. As far as I am concerned, this film ranks alongside "Seven Samurai" as one of the best non-US productions ever made, and should definitely be in the top 100 films of all time. Buy it.