Hanna Reviewed

 Erik: I love you, Hanna. You have to know that.

Hanna: Because I'm a freak?

"Hanna" is a European-American action thriller film directed by Joe Wright. The film stars Irish actress Saoirse Ronan as the title character with Eric Bana and Cate Blanchett. It's a clever plot about a secret project by the CIA involving super soldiers…..no not the super soldier you're thinking of.

The Plot

Hanna (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.

The Verdict

What kept me hooked was Ronan, a young actress with brilliant abilities, She creates this tension  between Hanna's inhumanly agile body and quizzical eyes, which turn cold only when she pulls the trigger. It's a struggle all bottled up in one character and you really feel for her through out the film.

This movie has a clever concept and charismatic stars which most people will think is the perfect combination, however with Hanna the film was done in a more arty approach much like last year's "The American" starring George Clooney but at a faster pace. So you can imagine it does stick out from the flurry of the "bam smash smash" style summer block busters.

The film looks and sounds nice, it's got a good plot and though there was some draggy parts it is a film worth watching. What I liked most was the realisum dispite the larger than life characters. The fight scenes were probably the coolest part of the film. WIth Hanna seemingly smaller in size, she uses a more agile style of fighting despite her supposed super strength. And Erik, Hanna's father more muscular uses a more street fighter style of fighting which was really good to watch.

The best thing about the blending of all these elements was probably the soundtrack by The Chemical Brothers……….need I say more


Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful, Violent and Loud. It's one of those action thrillers where a standard operating procedure does not apply.

Photos courtesy of Sony Pictures Singapore

Hanna opens in Cinemas 21 Jul

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