Movie: Hanna

By admin
27 May 2011


With Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana and Cate Blanchett.

Director: Joe Wright.


Opens 27 May.

Rating: 4/5

What’s it about?

A wild, rebellious girl grows up in a remote cottage in Finland where her dad trains her to become the world’s best assassin.

Who will enjoy it?

This is a difficult call. It’s not necessarily aimed at action junkies or guys whose testosterone went through the roof when they saw Fast Five.

It’s directed by Joe Wright, the masterful filmmaker behind Atonement which also starred Saoirse Ronan.

With Wright showing off his skills in almost every scene Hanna may be one of the first-ever action/arthouse films.

There are long, uninterrupted shots with no edits, weird camera angles, quickfire editing that makes taxis in an emergency lane look slow and other head-spinning techniques.

All this sometimes detracts from the story and suspense and makes the direction feel somewhat self-conscious but it’s still an excellent film and quite different to 95 per cent of all the action flicks you will have seen.

Cate Blanchett’s American accent doesn’t convince and for once you’re aware she’s actually acting but Saoirse Ronan shows she, like Mia Wasikowska, is getting ready to take over Meryl Streep’s crown.

An experimental movie that’ll leave some people cold but if it’s your sort of thing it’ll be like hot chocolate on a cold

winter’s day.

Similar films

The Parallax View, Atonement.

Popcorn facts

*Saoirse Ronan’s first name is pronounced “sur-shuh” and means “freedom” in Irish. Her surname means “small seal”.

*She was born in New York but grew up in Ireland where she still lives.

*In 2007, aged 13, she was nominated for the best supporting actress Oscar for her role in Atonement, making her one of the youngest-ever Oscar-nominated actresses. 

*She asked Joe Wright to direct Hanna.

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