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Hanna, Movie

Hanna 2011

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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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205 votes / 38 comments The Talk

  • 51 %

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    • GoonerD

      I'm in for this, looks Kick Ass without the tights :)

    • Leonie

      I can't wait to see this.

    • dinks

      yea this looks cool, be a good watch

    • Becs

      Eric Bana & Cate Blanchett - I'm there!

    • Gemz

      looks the bomb

    • god

      love bana, look bloody forward to this.

    • Van

      Absolutely gotta see this!

    • Darryn

      When the trailer gives you goosebumps, it's got to be seen!

    • Jess

      I can't wait to see this new Joe Wright film, i Just hope its better than 'The Soloist'

    • Unknown

      Congratulations for provoking illegal downloading by moving the movie from June to September!

    • willow

      O.M.G!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AMSOME!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Jack

      Is it at all possible for this movie to come out any earlier? really really really want to see it

    • Kerry

      Looks good

    • AWSOME

      want to see

    • nrw

      thumb's up!

    • Emma8

      this is so cool, its like watching a younger girl version of a hitman!!

    • ian


    • Tracey

      Looks like a lot of spoilers in the trailer. I HATE that!

    • moe

      daughter of hitman

    • Jess

      Looks brilliant. Some geneetic modification maybe.? =) Cant wait to see it

    • lele

      It looks fricken cool!

    • 123

      This film not for me

    • kate

      waited too long!!

    • slychick

      This girl was brilliant in The Lovely Bones, this one will be a good one to see.

    • Waitandsee

      the trailer looked promising, but lots of reviews say it's a big disappointment. don't get too excited.

    • Aaron

      Am undecided about this movie yet but being NZs first 4d movie, def gonna see it

    • Graham-Simpson

      Great movie, great scenery, full of action with superb actors

    • Phillip-Coxon

      good movie!! action fulled movie and gret actors!!!

    • Mr G

      Watched the movie. Half way through I thought the review was too harsh. At the end of the movie I realised the review was right. It's a dud

    • chris

      Am off tonight. Cross-recomen Morgan Spurlosk's 'Soldout' film as to how they manipulate audiences on the trailers....

    • Praveen-Prasad

      i liked this movie it was full of action and a good plot

    • bobby

      I loved the movie. Great action, Great soundtrack and great actors. A truly terrific movie

    • Mel

      Great soundtrack and great actors!!

    • nicnac

      a good story, great scenery and the acting was pretty good too....

    • nana

      saw this movie and thought it was amazing. Great action, actors and Saoirse and Eric are great pair on screen. 5 stars!


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Flicks.co.nz Review



  • Eva

    Agree with reviewer. Getting out of military compound - strange. Just too blood thirsty for me.

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Matt Glasby Flicks Writer

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

The People's Reviews


18 ratings and 21 reviews


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Refreshing action thriller

Hannah-Carter A-Lister (?)

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.


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3 1/2 stars

DnA Flicks 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.


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Wannabe LEON fails to hit bullseye

adamatdramatrain Flicks Superstar (?)

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. 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.


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dark movie in bright light

amc32 Flicks 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.


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Its a great movie

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 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.


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haydent Nobody (?)

The trailer doesn't do it justice - a must see!


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I pray she has no sisters

fairbrother Wannabe (?)

Hanna boasts some nifty editing, a suitably rousing Chemical Brothers score, and at least two leads doing well under the circumstances (Ronan and Blanchett, for the record). But the director can't quite seem to decide whether he's aiming for grown-ups (who'll probably find the "drama" thoroughly predictable) or younger viewers (who'll probably find the action sequences too few and far between), and consequently there's a sense of groundlessness. The central characters are left so opaque (deliberately, I presume, as an attempt at "intrigue") that we struggle to engage with them as anything more than cliches, meaning our suspension of disbelief is never fully paid off - which, from a comic-book movie no less, struck me as bad form. This identity-crisis (seriously, was this secretly an attempt at "the action movie for girls?") is probably due, at least in part, to the project being something of a Frankenstein's monster, where sub-plots and supporting characters from fresher flicks (notably Leon: The Professional and the Bourne series) have been grafted together into a nominally functional, although soul-less and oddly mis-proportioned, whole. The score really is good. There are a few decent fight scenes. It's always perverse fun to see a girl breaking men's necks with her bare hands. Hanna has the pre-requisite entertainment value to validate watching it, hopefully between a couple of better movies, on DVD on some hypothetical wet Sunday afternoon.


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Must See

Buket Wannabe (?)

Like all his previous films this one delivers. Although it may not have as much action as some people want you cannot help but become engrossed in this movie. Saorsie Ronan is brilliant as Hanna, and all the supporting cast are fantastic complete with a mini 'vicky pollard'
Also keep and eye out for the fantastic done in one shot fight scene with Eric Bana


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Looking at it looks bad

munchkin Flicks Superstar (?)

Saw this today as partner wanted to I thought this is going to be utter rubbish but I was wrong well worth a look and different .


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Full of Energy and Fun

GMarkovski Wannabe (?)

I had such a great time watching this, the direction is brilliant and the visuals are fantastic. The cast works great together, the standouts being Cate Blanchett and Saorise Ronan, I'll being seeing this one again!


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Tania1 A-Lister (?)

plays out not so well,sodn't flow right


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Hell yeah

JamesN B-Grader (?)

Young female assassin - check. Wicked soundtrack - check. Freaky evil dudes - check. Pretty freaking awesome.


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Monteil Nobody (?)

I actualy like this movie alot. It was pretty cool. they had a goo actress from lovely bones as the assassins little girl. I found it pretty funny, when she first got captured, and noone was expecting her to be good like her father, then she snapped the ladys head off, i found it hillarious


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Great escapism...

Kim-Reilly A-Lister (?)

Love the feel - the European shooting, the casting - Saorise Ronan was superb, the music and the non-stop action all made this totally worthwhile watching. Some parts annoyed me - why they set beacon off in first place and didn't just both go into town and do the job on the downlow etc, but go along for 110min of escapism and action and you'll love it.


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Pulsating action with a soundtrack to match

Stuart-Bland Flicks Superstar (?)

With a thumping Chemical Brothers beat which drives the movie at a kinetic pace, pounding on your heart in a symbiotic rhythm with the superbly choreographed action sequences, Hanna is a frantic thrill ride with a momentum which speeds along like an express train. Taking influence from the likes of Taken, Run Lola Run, Bourne and Leon, Hanna is the daughter of a secret services operative, a girl who has mysteriously lived out in the wilderness most of her life in training for becoming a super soldier, an assassin, a perfect weapon. She has mastered every possible ability other than how to be a normal girl. However when her father realises he can no longer hold her back, he allows her to return to society despite the inherent danger from those in the CIA desperate to find her (for reasons unknown) so that she can begin to live a 'normal' life.

Playing out like the fairy tales she has lived with as a means for understanding the world, the movie explores Hanna's discovery of a fascinating and frightening world, and with Saorise Ronan once again proving she is one of, if not the most talented young actress in Hollywood today, the film has a protagonist who is immersive to watch. She is inquisitive, naive, but at the same time deadly, and Ronan is brilliantly able to capture this range of emotions. And supported by the ever reliable Eric Bana as her protective father and Cate Blanchett as the enemy (and great to see she reigned in the campness a little to ensure her character was fiendishily evil without going overboard as she has done in the past), the movie has a dynamism which is unbridled and thrilling to watch.

Unfortunately, it does lull a little in the middle when Hanna meets a family and uncovers what she has been missing all these years due to her 'abnormal' upbringing, with the family annoying and dampening to the momentum of the film. And with a little more effort put into the script regarding the back story, the movie would have been brilliant. Nevertheless, as is the case in most of the movies Ronan is involved with, she raises the film up a level beyond what it appears capable of, and with the equally brilliant soundtrack, it makes for an entertaining ride.


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Something wrong

Mc Nobody (?)

Why a well trained killer girl who kills CIA agent and soldiers with her bares hands, escape from underground secret military base, can not knock down 2 stupid skinheads? Half of the film developed with this illogical nonsense. There's definitively something wrong about the scenario.


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Strange but unmissable

Tony-Bertasius A-Lister (?)

Forget your thoughts about Mr Wright's earlier films and just go along to enjoy the ride. Like a huge music video this film makes more sense with images than it does with its storyline, nevertheless it is impressive and makes other similar movies look timid and pale by comparison.
Go just for the thugs and the beautifully choreographed chase and fight sequences........


  • Mr G

    Good music but you realise in the end the story went nowhere and there is nothing to it. Flicks reviewer is 100% spot on!!! Stay away!

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Style over substance (over your dead body)

100WordReviews Flicks Superstar (?)

The director of upper class tea-n-crumpet contemporaries Atonement and Pride and Prejudice does a 180, busting the balls of Hollywood with this borderline art house thriller. After plastering your face with a big red "HANNA" sign, the film stamps its foot and becomes its own beast. Consequently, the awkwardly spastic side characters nearly derail entire scenes. Luckily, the distinctive direction and epileptic editing make the action look slicker than a greased-up zoot suit. It may turn some off, but I'm the polar opposite: Hanna turned me on. The movie I mean, not the 14-year-old girl.
I plead the fifth.


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Olivia-Prasad Flicks Superstar (?)

This is one of those 'seen it done before' movies; (child) assassin escapes facility, assassin mixes with public, assassin is chased, and cue the final act. Nothing new, same old story. However I know that there are people who may still like the film so I'll say give it a go if you want, but IMO I would save your money.


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Press Reviews

71% of critics recommend

Consensus: "Fantastic acting and crisply choreographed action sequences propel this unique, cool take on the revenge thriller."

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A.V. Club (USA)

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

Chicago Sun-Times (Roger Ebert)

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.

Empire (UK)

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.

Hollywood Reporter

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

Los Angeles Times

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.

New York Times

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.

Total Film (UK)

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.

Variety (USA)

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