Hanna

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Hanna - A Teenage Killing Machine

Apr 21, 2011
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Pros:Entertaining action thriller type movie.

Cons:Turns predictable. Flat characters.

The Bottom Line: Hanna has a few issues, but it works as an entertaining movie overall.


I thought that few trailers for Hanna that I saw looked interesting, so I decided to go see it when I had the chance.

Teenager Hanna lives in the woods with her father Erik. She has had a unique and somewhat sheltered life. Erik has trained her to be a killer and she has no clue about most everyday things. Hanna believes that she is ready for something she has been training for. Erik doesn't seem to agree, though he gives her a choice. When she makes her choice, it changes everything. Erik goes off alone, leaving Hanna to be picked up by a group of armed men. Marissa Wiegler, a CIA agent, is very determined to get Erik and Hanna. After a brief meeting, Hanna escapes, believing she completed her mission and starts trying to reach the place she and Erik are supposed to meet. It isn't long before Marissa sends a mercenary after Hanna while attempting to deal with Erik herself.

When Hanna begins, it isn't clear why she and her father are living in the woods or why Erik has trained her to be a killer. That does add a little bit of mystery to the movie and some suspense in a few scenes. It does take a while to figure certain things out. A few things aren't really explained until fairly late in the movie. Even then, I still think there are one or two things not resolved. The plot is interesting, though a few parts of it could be a bit stronger. The general idea for the story is sort of original, but as the movie progresses, things do get a bit more predictable. The movie is still entertaining, but it would have been nice if the originality had continued.

The action in Hanna begins within the first several moments. Erik has been training her in different fighting and she is a proficient hunter. It is a bit disturbing for a teenage girl to be that good at killing. There is action throughout the movie, which does keep the pace going. Hanna is in all the action scenes, fighting with various characters, including her father during some of the training exercises. Several scenes end up including violence, some of which are a bit more graphic and upsetting than others. Hanna is able to easily kill people, and she does take out several over the course of the movie. Marissa is willing to kill as well, though in some cases she keeps her distance a bit and relies on Isaacs, the mercenary she hired. Even though the movie is rated PG-13, some viewers may be bothered by the violence in some of the scenes.

There really isn't much development for any of the characters in Hanna. Erik has made some questionable decisions with the way he has raised Hanna. He doesn't seem to have a problem with training her as a killer and sending her off on a mission. He isn't around that much, so Eric Bana doesn't have a lot to do. Hanna is intelligent, knows several languages, and can easily kill. She isn't a typical teenage character. She shows some kindness a few times and seems nice at times, but it can be hard to relate with or like her at times. Saoirse Ronan does really well with the part.

Marissa is the main villain for the movie. She is a high ranking agent who seems to be extremely obsessed with brushing her teeth. She is cold and calculating and willing to do just about anything to reach her goals. She is not a nice person in any way. Cate Blanchett does fine with the part, though Marisa's accent is a little odd. Isaacs is the man that Marissa hires to find Hanna. He is frequently wearing white clothes and somehow manages to avoid getting blood on them even when he has beaten the crap out of someone. He works as a villain even though he is a very flat, undeveloped character. Tom Hollander does fine with the part.

Rachel and Sebastian are a married couple traveling with their two children that Hanna encounters. Hanna and Sophie, their daughter, quickly develop a friendship, something that is new for Hanna. The family all seems nice enough, though not much is shared about them. Olivia Williams and Jason Flemyng are fine in their parts. Several other characters, some of which help Hanna in some way, briefly turn up without add much to the movie.

Main Cast

Eric Bana - Erik
Cate Blanchett - Marissa
Jason Flemyng - Sebastian
Tom Hollander - Isaacs
Saoirse Ronan - Hanna
Olivia Williams - Rachel

Joe Wright - Director

Hanna is an entertaining movie, though it would have been nice if it hadn't turned predictable. It also would have been nice if there had been more character development. The movie is still worth watching even with the flaws, though it isn't a movie for everyone.0


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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull ~ The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring ~ The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers ~ The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King ~ The Missing ~ Notes on a Scandal ~ Robin Hood (2010) ~


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