Hanna

  • 12
  • Joe Wright (2011)
  • US / UK / Ger
  • 106 min
Film Review
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4 out of 5

Little Red Riding Hood meets The Bourne Identity is probably the easiest way to describe this thrillingly original film from Atonement director Joe Wright, but even that doesn't really capture its unique, oddly surreal tone. Hanna (Saoirse Ronan) is a 16-year-old-girl who has never left her remote Lapland home, where she has spent her life being tutored in the deadly skills of the assassin by her ex-CIA father (Eric Bana). When the Agency comes looking for the pair, Hanna finds herself navigating unfamiliar territory, pursued by the ruthless Marissa (a brilliantly icy Cate Blanchett), who's determined to terminate her and her father. Ronan's character is utterly fascinating, a kind of holy fool who sees the modern world through innocent eyes, but who could also break your neck with a flick of her wrist. Wright also succeeds in blending the strange, almost fairy-tale atmosphere with some expertly conceived action and unusual, well-sketched supporting characters, with Tom Hollander's shell-suit wearing, peroxide-coiffed thug a particularly exotic pleasure.

Plot Summary

Action thriller starring Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana and Saoirse Ronan. Teenager Hanna has never left her home in the Finnish wilderness and has spent years in isolation being trained to be the perfect assassin by her ex-CIA father Erik. But Erik has unfinished business with the Agency and so he leaves Hanna, who is soon forced to put her skills into practice to elude the murderous attentions of a ruthless intelligence officer.

Cast and crew

Cast

Hanna
Saoirse Ronan
Erik
Eric Bana
Marissa Wiegler
Cate Blanchett
Isaacs
Tom Hollander
Rachel
Olivia Williams
Sebastian
Jason Flemyng
Sophie
Jessica Barden
Miles
Aldo Maland
Lewis
John MacMillan
Walt
Tim Beckmann
False Marissa
Michelle Dockery

Crew

Director
Joe Wright

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Universal
Guidance: 
Violence, swearing.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 6 May 2011
Certificate 12
Distributor:
Universal Pictures
Categories
Drama

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