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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BY 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
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BY Hannah-Carter 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.
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.
BY adamatdramatrain superstar
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
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