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Review: Hanna

Posted April 9, 2011 by Max in Review
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Hanna ain’t whistling dixie.

Once in a while a film processes enough strengths and finesse in all other facets to make you forget the faults. Hanna is one of these films. Hanna is directed by Joe Wright (Atonement) and stars Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana, and Cate Blanchett.  The action/fairy tale/rave party tells the story a young woman with abnormal strength and ability on a quest for revenge.   The picture pulls us in from the get go and is completely memorizing from the terrific score by The Chemical Brothers and the pure mastery of craft from Joe Wright.

Hanna begins with the young woman hunting her prey.  Quietly and swiftly she takes down the beast.  Hanna (Saoirse Ronan) is relishing in her victory when she gets attacked from behind.  We soon learn that the attacker is none other than her father, Eric Heller (Eric Bana), who has been training and raising Hanna in some pretty harsh conditions.  One of her comforts is her book of Grimm’s fairytales.  Little does Hanna known that her life is similar to that of a fairytale.

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As time passes, Hanna’s interest in what the real world consists of compels her to leave her father.  Hanna soon discovers that in order to be happy and live a normal life she must rid her life of Marissa Wiegler (Cate Blanchett).  Wiegler is responsible for tracking down Heller and Hanna to quiet them from exposing the truth of a military operation.

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What follows is epic chase after chase.  Hanna seems like it’s full throttle ahead and there isn’t much time for plot.  These are inherently the biggest problems of the film.  With little time to catch our breath and develop the story, Hanna comes off at first glance as a generic chase film.

The glue that holds the film together though, is the captivating performance of Saoirse Ronan and the indelible score from The Chemical Brothers.  Even scarier than the incredible amount of bodies piled up by Hanna, is the shear force Ronan provides the role.  It will certainly be intriguing to see what the future holds for this young actress. Also. in a stronger sense than Tron:Legacy, a great part of me realizes the film would be in far worse shape without the rhythmic emotion the score provides.

Hanna is able to shock the audience with incredible acting and a memorizing score. Part sadistic coming-of-age story, part action/fairy tale, Hanna provides more positive than negative parts.  If Hanna is only a generic chase movie, with a forgettable story then I’m on board for more of this.  Hanna is a wild thrill ride that never let’s go. Highly Recommended


Directed by Joe Wright
Starring Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana, and Cate Blanchett
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