Hanna (2011)

Posted: June 23, 2011 in Hollywood
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Hanna

Storyline

A 16-year-old who was raised by her father to be the perfect assassin is dispatched on a mission across Europe, tracked by a ruthless intelligence agent and her operatives. –IMDb

Director:

Joe Wright

Writers:

Seth Lochhead (screenplay), David Farr(screenplay), and Seth Lochhead (story)

Stars:

Saoirse RonanCate Blanchett and Eric Bana

Genres:

 Action | Crime | Mystery | Thriller

Taglines:

 Adapt or Die

The trailer held so much promise, but this really is a half-stinker half-brilliant film about a child assassin that goes from preposterous to intriguing to ludicrous to thrilling.

Hanna is the story of a teenage girl who has been brought up by her father figure in isolation. He has trained her to fight, survive and kill. She decides to leave and sets out on a mission they have been planning for years, to kill the woman who has been hunting them.

Although this type of film has been done to death it is an interesting story which had it been developed better then would have made a fantastic film but it just falls short on all fronts. Even the fight sequences are slow and boring. There are also a lot of plot holes. One for example, and most noticeable, Hanna is frightened by electricity, TV, phones…. which is natural since she grew up in some cottage without any gifts from modern civilization… but she can enter a netcafe and browse internet immediately.

Still of Saoirse Ronan and Eric Bana in Hanna

However, some of the details like the running scenes and the way Hanna’s hair is never tied, depict that the director has his own unique sense of style and has used it quite effectively here. Also, the girl-girl kiss does not look gratuitous at all, but rather a good signifier of how grateful Hanna is to find a friend.

Ronan, who plays Hanna, is someone to look out for in the future. She’s an amazing actress. Cate Blanchett’s performance as a villain was also refreshing, although her fluctuating accent did take away from her performance a bit. Also, all of her dialog seem to be half-finished, whether she was talking on the phone or interrogating the family that Hanna befriended. Eric Bana’s performance is fine, but then he does not have much to do except ‘unleash’ Hanna onto Merissa.

All in all, a disappointment. I rate it 6 out of 10 for the beautiful cinematography, the background score and Saoirse Ronan’s performance.

Watch the trailer…

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