Movie Review: Hanna
Director: Joe Wright
Year of Release: 2011
Genre: Action / Mystery
Run Time: 111min
Hanna is a movie that revolves around a 16-year-old girl who was raised by her father to be the perfect assassin. She then decides it is time to exact revenge on the women who killed her mother. Her journey takes her across Europe all the while being tracked by a ruthless intelligence agent and her operatives.
The first thing that surprised me about Hanna is how well the film develops its characters. If the movie trailer was anything to go by you’d be fooled into thinking this was just an all-out action movie with little time for making you care about those involved. In particular, the movie pays a lot of attention to its titular character Hanna (Saoirse Ronan). Brought up by her father (Eric Bana) in the woods of Finland Hanna has no concept of the modern world on the outside. Electricity, Television, cars etc are all strange and confusing things to Hanna and this no better portrayed than a scene in a hotel room where it all gets a bit too much for our heroine. Saoirse Ronan plays the role fantastically and really is the star of the show. Her ability to flip from being an innocent and inquisitive teenager to a downright ruthless killer with convincing ease is, at times, quite scary but also impressive for a relative newcomer to the silver screen.
There isn’t much to pick holes in with this film in all honesty. I found the film to be very well paced balancing nicely between full on action moments with slower paced pieces focusing on Hanna dealing with revelations about her and that of her father. I did feel, however, that Cate Blanchett‘s character (Marrisa) was a little underused given her past and found Isaacs (Tom Hollander) and his stooges at times annoying. In the end, though this movie is well worth going to see and is also one of the most beautifully shot movies I’ve seen in a while.