Action-thriller about a 14-year-old (The Lovely Bones' Saorise Ronan), raised by her father to be a cold-hearted killing machine. Directed by Joe Wright (Atonement, Pride & Prejudice).... More

Hanna (Ronan) is no regular teenage girl: she has the strength, the stamina, and the smarts of a solider. These come from being raised by her father (Eric Bana), an ex-CIA man, in the wilds of Finland. Her upbringing and training have been one and the same, all geared to making her the perfect assassin. Sent into the world by her father on a mission, Hanna journeys stealthily across Europe while eluding agents dispatched after her by a ruthless intelligence operative with secrets of her own (Cate Blanchett).Hide

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Of the (too) many things Hanna undoubedly is – action yarn, travelogue, coming-of-age drama – it feels most like a music video homaging Besson (Leon, The Fifth Element) and Bowie (The Man Who Fell To Earth).... More

As a Chemical Brothers score thumps and skitters, Atonement director Joe Wright juxtaposes Saoirse Ronan’s china-white face against a kaleidoscope of ever-changing industrial and exotic backdrops, with choppy editing, fairytale symbolism and miscast actors all thrown into the mix.

Like Natalie Portman in Leon, Hanna (Ronan) is a pint-sized assassin who’s capable at killing but clueless in the ways of the world. Leaving her dad/trainer (Bana playing, we think, Scandinavian) behind in the Arctic, she heads off round Europe to avenge her mother’s death, encountering Blanchett’s evil operative (Deep South), Hollander’s camp killer (German) and all manner of dwarves, henchmen and heinous accents along the way.

As the heightened imagery reminds us, Hanna is an Alice adrift in her own violent Wonderland, but Wright fails to establish a base reality for the film, which flits and flickers nonsensically past – a patchwork of flashy moments, none of which quite stitch together. The fight scenes, though few and far between, are excellent, particularly Bana’s U-Bahn smackdown that takes place in one impossible Matrix-y take, but most of the time Wright simply throws everything he can think of at the screen like the promo director he used to be. Great soundtrack, though.Hide

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This film can be seen as a standard, fast paced, often thriller with predictable plot twists. However it really was refreshing.

What I loved most about this film was the supporting characters (the entertaining Jessica Barden and Tom Hollander's off-beat bad guy especially) and the eerie, dense Cinematography (by Alwin Kuchler).

The dark fairy-tale settings beautifully mirrored Hanna's warped childhood. This film, like the villainous Marissa Ziegler, is perfectly coiffed and stylised.

BY DnA superstar

It's an enjoyable child assassin flick. the filming is interesting bordering on brilliant. The locations are quirky, interesting and well scouted, providing an alternate view of well known places.

The movie in many ways is not stereotypical except for Cate Blanchett whose character who stereotypical and strangely out of place.

An enjoyable flick though. Especially for the way the camera has been used.

Saorise Ronan was fantastic in director Joe Wright's Atonement, but this re-teaming of the pair just doesn't make the grade. It fails to be a brilliant "young assassin" movie (a la Luc Besson's LEON: THE PROFESSIONAL). It also fails to be a moody, arty contemplation on violence, much as THE AMERICAN recently failed. Aiming for something like the cold, cool feel of say LET THE RIGHT ONE IN or Kubrick's A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, Hanna just ends up being dull, slow and frankly - a bit silly.... More Funny how thin that line is between pretentious crap and stunning cinematic statement... or between great entertainment and watching paint dry... One star for the Chemical Brothers soundtrack and for the always superb Kate Blanchette.Hide

BY amc32 superstar

whil;st Cate Blanchett doesn't really extend herself beyond a sort of bond-villiany ham bad guy, the movie is smoothly paced and there is always danger in your periphery.
best seen in a theatre with a couch to sit on, or on your own couch at home.
you'll want a hot choc to sip early on too.

BY ghotter nobody

What can I say about Joe Wright's Hanna. Well what an amazing film, exuberating, well crafted and pulsing with energy. It's a gripping chase movie all the way through - the Music by the Chemical Brothers is brilliant- with Hanna's theme, The Devil is in the Details, Container Park and Escape Wavefold, just to name a few. The atmosphere is brilliant something like eXistenZ, with unusual sometimes freaky scenery: from the snows of the artic circle to Morocco, Container Parks and of course the... More abandoned Children's Theme Park in Germany. The German accents are well done by those who aren't even German by birth. The whistling song is so addictive, I've been whistling it for days. The acting by Saoirse Ronan , Eric Bana and Cate Blanchett are all very good. I want to see this film again and get the Chemical Brothers Soundtrack.Hide

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  • Superficially exciting and handled with great aplomb. But the film is running to go nowhere. Full Review

  • Here we have an odd cross between a fairy tale and a high-tech action movie. It could have been a fairly strained attempt at either, but director Joe Wright ("Atonement") combines his two genres into a stylish exercise that perversely includes some sentiment and insight. Full Review

  • An absurd-sounding concept rendered wholly believable and thrilling by a fearless young actress and a director at the top of his game. Full Review

  • The overall enterprise, for all its intrigue and visceral impact, feels overly thought out, affected and forced in its stylization. Full Review

  • Blessed with considerable virtues, including a clever concept, crackling filmmaking and a charismatic star, it ultimately squanders all of them, undone by an unfortunate lack of subtlety and restraint. Full Review

  • In the end there might not be much to this tale other than titillation, but there's plenty to be said for Ms. Ronan, who was the best thing about "Atonement" and holds her ground against forceful screen presences like Ms. Blanchett and Mr. Bana. Full Review

  • Fascinating. Wright confounds expectations with a wholly original genre mash-up, anchored by the splendid Ronan. Offering a unique worldview, even Blanchett and Hollander’s sore-thumb casting adds to the strange texture. Full Review

  • An exuberantly crafted chase thriller that pulses with energy from its adrenaline-pumping first minutes to its muted bang of a finish. Full Review

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