Hanna Movie Review
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Director of new movie “Hanna,” Joe Wright, is known for directing “Pride and Prejudice” and “Atonement” but is moving away from this genre and into high powered action. “Hanna” is a somewhat intellectual movie picture sort of like “The Professional,” directed by Luc Besson. It stars Saoirse Ronan who plays the daughter of a CIA Operative. She’s been raised to be an incredible soldier/spy but is now having to live in a world she doesn’t understand and to deal with a lethal woman from her father’s past. New movie release “Hanna” is an artsy thriller with a great cast and will probably do well at the box office.
There’s lots of time spent during upcoming movie “Hanna” while the audience tries to figure out if the main character is the daughter of agent Marissa, played by Cate Blanchett, who chases the girl around Germany. Whether she’s her daughter or not, it’s pretty obvious that Ronan is next in line after Blanchett, they look so much alike and have so many similar talents.
The movie really can’t go bad, what with Saoirse Ronan and Cate Blanchett at the middle of it. Even though the movie is never dull, the feeling persists that Wright is trying a little too hard to prove that he’s a good moviemaker and that this genre of film is worth doing.
Hanna is sixteen and has been born and raised in the forests of Finland. In the opening scene she kills a reindeer with a bow and arrow. She also speaks a few different languages, can memorize an encyclopedia, and is a good match for her father, played by Eric Bana, who has taught her all she knows, in self defense. She’s become so self-reliant that she’s set out on her own.
Before Hanna can meet up with her father in Berlin, she’s abducted by Marissa, who has an interest in Hanna. Marissa is asked if Hanna has turned out like she hoped and she answers that she’s turned out better than she had hoped. Marissa is a ruthless character, but when she wants to be charming she turns on a Texas accent.
At one point Hanna escapes from a hole in Morocco and is “rescued” by an odd family of Brits on vacation. She has supposedly never met many people and never met any girls her own age and it’s interesting how she reacts to the family. Olivia Williams plays the mother and the daughter is played by Jessica Barden. The mother is very politically correct and the daughter is into pop culture. A couple of biker guys pick Hanna and the daughter up in Spain but Hanna is clueless.
There are two set pieces that will have viewers sitting on the edge of their seats. There’s a fight sequence in an underground station that’s amazing and a chase at night through and over some huge shipping containers that’s impressively choreographed.
As the story, written by Seth Lockhead and David Farr, comes to a climax, the story of where Hanna comes from will have to be faced. The fairy tale bits that are in the film come together at an old amusement park, a scene shot in the closed Spree Park in Berlin. Marissa is compared to the Big Bad Wolf.