My wife was out of town last weekend, and so I went to a lot of movies. First I went to Source Code. It was an ok movie, but I pretty much forgot it once I walked out of the theater. Then I went to Your Highness. That movie was more of a letdown than when I found out about Milli Vanilli. (How could they not be singing Blame it on the Rain??? You bastards!!!) Finally, I made it to Hanna. Imagine Alice in Wonderland if Alice were a highly trained killer. I was finally happy.
Hanna starts out with a hunter in the Arctic Circle killing a deer with a bow and arrow, followed by a gunshot to the head. The hunter turns out to be a 15 year old girl by the name of Hanna (Saoirse Ronan). She is then attacked by a man. Who turns out to be her father, Erik (Eric Bana). He has evidently been training her since she could walk to be a bad ass, killing machine who can defend herself against full grown men.
Hanna and her father have been isolated from the rest of the world for practically her whole life. At the point where we jump in, Hanna is getting restless and she wants to get out in the real world. So her father shows her what to do to get the real world’s attention and all hell breaks loose.
At this point, we meet Marissa Viegler (Cate Blanchett), who is hunting down this father-daughter pair and doesn’t give a crap who she takes out in the process. Marissa and Erik have a past that helps explain Hanna’s prowess, but I wont spoil that in this review. The good news is that Hanna knows this, and the reason that she is itching to get out in the world is so that she can hunt down Marissa and brutally murder her.
This is where all of the fun begins. Hanna could give Jason Bourne a run for his money. The action scenes in this film are intense. The two fights that Erik gets to have while protecting himself, or his daughter are pretty fantastic as well. I especially need to give love to the subway fight and the way it was filmed. Both Erik and the camera move so smoothly together that it almost looks like a dance.
Every actor in this film dives into their role. The action scenes are enthralling and beautiful at the same time. And the ending is immensely satisfying. I read Harry’s review of this film, and I want to second his hope that they make a Hanna movie every 15 years with Saoirse Ronan showing different stages of her life. It could be epic!
I highly recommend Hanna. It is not graphically violent. It is intelligent and action packed, which is a combo you don’t get much of these days. Go see Hanna.
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