Following his superlative turn as a betrayed secret agent in “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy,” Mark Strong
was long overdue for a lead role. And for once the sepulchrally handsome British actor gets to be the good guy in “Anna
,” a likable if overly familiar psychological thriller about a “memory detective” charged with rummaging through the repressed recall of a troubled young woman accused of a terrible crime. The film opens June 6 in limited release.
No doubt the Nsa and Google are working furiously in tandem to create a similarly helpful gizmo that fits, let’s say, inside your left nostril. But they’ll have nothing on the “remote viewing” practiced by Mindspace, a shadowy outfit headed by a psychiatrist (Brian Cox
, leading with cleft chin and strange hair). The suspiciously genial shrink assigns Strong’s John Washington
, a troubled seeker of truth, with flushing out the repressed traumas of Anna