Hanna

Hanna

Hanna

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).

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).

2011Rating: M, contains violence & offensive language111 minsUK, USA, Germany
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Variety

Variety

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

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Total Film

Total Film

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.

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The New York Times

The 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.

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Roger Ebert

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.

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Los Angeles Times

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.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

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

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