Hanna is the first film I have had the chance to watch at the flicks recently and I was glad it didn’t leave a sour taste in the mouth.
‘Hanna’, a frantic action-thriller, is the tale of a 14 year old girl (Saoirse Ronan) who is brought up by her father (Eric Bana) in the harsh, unforgiving surroundings of Finland to do 1 thing – survive at any cost.
Despite Hanna’s many years of preparation, a bloody battle against the backdrop of the Finnish winter sees Hanna being captured and taken to an FBI safe house in the middle of the Moroccan desert. We soon find out that Hanna had been hunted down by Marissa Wiegler (played by the ice queen that is Kate Blanchett), an FBI agent she had never met but whose reputation as a cold hearted killer proceeds her.
In a 5 minute showing that is reminiscent of the action in both ‘Kick ass’ and ‘Kill Bill’, we watch Hanna shoot, strangle and decapitate her way out of the safe house and back into freedom. We then watch as the relentless Wiegler follows Hanna into Europe, where she plans to meet up with her dad.
The climax of the film enables us to see just why Wiegler is so desperate to capture Hanna and we soon find out what lengths she is willing to go to to catch her.
My 2 cents
If you like your action films, then this won’t disappoint. Hanna is a killing machine and despite her tiny frame, is able to defeat an army of fully grown men singlehandedly – in fact she does this on a few occasions throughout the film.
Unlike films such as the aforementioned Kick Ass and Kill Bill, Hanna tries to retain a sense of ‘reality’ throughout. It does this fairly successfully, only failing in its introduction of the cheesy, stereotypical German foot soldiers, headed up by Tom Hollander of ‘Rev’ and ‘Pirates of the Carribbean’ fame.
Despite all of the neck-breaking and spine-crushing, ‘Hanna’ does manage to throw in a healthy amount of laughs, often playing on Hanna’s lack of understanding about the new world she has been thrust into. One funny scene focuses on Hanna’s first ‘kiss’. One things for sure, if you were going out with Hanna, you’d certainly have some balls if you were going to dump her.
Ronan and Blanchett both have great stage presence and produce unnerving performances as cold-blooded killers at different ends of the age-spectrum. Both actresses share a great ability in saying a lot despite saying nothing and this helps crank up the tension as the film reaches its crescendo.
My rating: 4/5
If you don’t like seeing people being thrown around and beaten up, then this certainly won’t be for you. Fortunately for me, I enjoy action-thriller films and as such this ticked all the right boxes.
By Tom Key
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