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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Movie Review: Hanna (2011)

Synopsis from IMDB

Hanna (Ronan) is a teenage girl. Uniquely, she has the strength, the stamina, and the smarts of a soldier; these come from being raised by her father (Bana), an ex-CIA man, in the wilds of Finland. 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. The turning point in her adolescence is a sharp one; sent into the world by her father on a mission, Hanna journeys stealthily across Europe while eluding agents dispatched after her by a ruthless intelligence operative with secrets of her own (Ms. Blanchett). As she nears her ultimate target, Hanna faces startling revelations about her existence and unexpected questions about her humanity.

    This is one of those films that came out of nowhere really. It wasn't well marketed and it is a shame because this movie kicked a lot of ass. It was more than I expected. It is a shame it didn’t make number one in the box office because it really deserved it.

     Now I missed the first couple of minutes of this movie (being the only person buying snacks for everybody sucks). But from where I started about five minutes in, I know I didn’t miss much, obviously. Hanna starts off with a father named Erik (Eric Bana) teaching his teenage daughter, Hanna (Saoirse Ronan) how to defend herself. And not the stuff you would learn from some self-defense class for women. He works his daughter to the bone. Erik teaches her to dismantle and kill, teaches her multiple languages and gives her an alternate identity to explain where she came from if she was found.  Erik knows Hanna is growing up and knows that she will want to explore the world. They may be on the run hiding from people (well a person) who wants to kill him and Hanna because of a secret. Yet Erik gives Hanna the option of staying or leaving and being a teenager, of course, she chooses to leave. But she doesn’t get time to celebrate her newfound independence.

      Quickly after notifying the government of where she is, Erik makes a run for it and sets up where he and Hanna are to meet. Hanna is taken to an undisclosed located underground and is investigated by the government to find out where she was and where her father is. Hanna knows the woman behind it all, Marissa Wiegler (Cate Blanchett), and knows that Marissa is the one she must take down.  Marissa (Blanchett) is a ruthless, obsessive compulsive intelligence operative who is harboring a secret that Hanna doesn’t know about. She knows who Hanna really is and where she came from and that is why she needs to kill her because others found out about her experiments, things will go bad. Marissa is so determined she also hires someone to help, a man named Issacs (Tom Hollander), who was just as ruthless as her and goes on a killing spree taking down everyone that has been in contact with anyone who has seen Hanna. This was the weirdest thing to me in this movie. Issacs always seemed dressed for a tennis match, wearing shorts I didn’t think a man would be caught dead in, but like the cliché says, looks are deceiving.

        I absolutely enjoyed this movie. It was such an amazing thriller. I like seeing a film that can be both action/thriller and yet at times quite lighthearted. When Hanna actually escapes (after finding out something her DNA is abnormal) and makes it out into the real world, her reaction to people and technology was crazy. She meets this family that takes her in and watches out for her even though they are suspicious. Hanna quickly learns plenty from a funny and very, very talkative girl, Sophie (Jessica Barden), who quickly becomes best friends with Hanna.  One of my favorite scenes in this movie was when Hanna and Sophie visit a bonfire where people are singing and dancing and they are both with two guys. Hanna asks the guy if she is supposed to kiss him now and she talks about all the muscles involved in kissing, but instead of kissing him, she throws him down on the ground and tells him thanks for the good time. It was so random and unexpected, but I was happy they that because it still showed she is out of her element and doesn’t quite trust anyone yet still.

       The fight scenes in this movie were good, some could have been better. I don’t know, but sometimes it seems a split second or two was missing when there was the hand-to-hand combat, but it was great to watch. Hanna took down grown men so easily; you couldn’t help but cheer her on. Marissa though always seemed to be right behind Hanna, so it was short lived because they were both so determined, you really didn’t know who was going to win in the end.

        Overall this was a kickass movie. I am trying my best not reveal too much even though you might figure out enough about Hanna and what she is. This film was about a girl who doesn’t know what she is and questions her own humanity. Hanna’s journey is quite the rollercoaster that should be explored by all. Also there is Cate Blanchett, one of my favorite actresses in the world. The woman can play anybody and you know you are getting 100% and that was no exception here. My only complaint in this movie was the ending. I expected a little more bang at the end, but it didn’t suck and that is what matters. Nonetheless, if you want an awesome movie (with an even more awesome soundtrack, thanks to the Chemical Brothers, the soundtrack was incredible) that is full of action and mystery and surprisingly, some laughs, this is the film for you.



  1. This was one of the movies on the list when a friend had a movie birthday party for their son. But unfortunately he picked another movie. But this one does sound like it is really good. :) thanks for the review as I learned a lot more about the movie and want to see it. :)

  2. @Melissa - Thank you and you are very welcome hon. I hope you do check it out. The trailer didn't do it enough justice. The movie is pretty good. Hope you like it :) Thanks for the comment hon :)

  3. Great review Diana! I loved it and now I know that I really want to see this movie. I agree that this movie hasn't gotten enough publicity and I know a lot of people who aren't sure about seeing it. Thanks to your wonderful review I know that I must see it now! :-D

  4. @deanna - Thanks so much hon. It was a great movie and like I said, the trailer didn't show enough of what it was really about which is a shame :( It was a great movie. Hope you get to check it out soon. Thanks for the comment hon.

  5. I'm SO looking forward to seeing this one. Need to get a sitter and get my butt to the theater! Thanks for the review!

  6. @Kristin - Glad you are looking forward to it. I hope you can find a sitter LOL! Really can't wait to hear what you all think about it when you see it. Thanks for the comment hon :)


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