“A teenage girl goes out into the world for the first time – and has to battle for her life. Director Joe Wright weaves elements of dark fairy tales into the adventure thriller Hanna. Hanna (played by Academy Award nominee Saoirse Ronan) is 16 years old. She is bright, inquisitive, and a devoted daughter. Uniquely, she has the strength, the stamina, and the smarts of a soldier; these come from being raised by her widowed father Erik (Eric Bana), an ex-CIA man, in the wilds of North Finland. Erik has taught Hanna to hunt, put her through extreme self-defense workouts, and home-schooled her with only an encyclopedia and a book of fairy tales. Hanna has been living a life unlike any other teenager; her upbringing and training have been one and the same, all geared to making her the perfect assassin. But out in the world there is unfinished business for Hanna’s family, and it is with a combination of pride and apprehension that Erik realizes his daughter can no longer be held back.”
I am a big fan of Joe Wright’s films. I really love his movies Pride and Prejudice and Atonement. I remember when I first saw the film trailer for this film. I was surprised to see that Wright had directed this. It was very different from his other films. I was looking forward to see his take on an action thriller.
This was a very intense film. My eyes were glued to the screen the whole film and my heart was pounding. I was very involved with the story. Watching Hanna running and fighting the people that are after her was quite a ride. The direction, editing, and film score for this film was very unique. It really added an atmosphere to the film.
The acting in this movie was superb. Saoirse Ronan was fabulous as Hanna. This is one tough girl! She has a lot of stunt work in this film. In my opinion though, the best performance was done by Cate Blanchett as the villain. She was creepy!! It was weird to watch her as a villain because it is not very often that she does that kind of role.
This is definitely a ‘mom and dad’ movie. I would not take your kids. It was a very violent movie.
This was a great film. Very intense with fantastic acting performances. If you like action thrillers, this movie is for you!
Hanna gets bragging rights!
Hanna is in theaters now. It is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some sexual material, and language.
**I attended a screening of Hanna for this review.