Created on Wednesday, 20 July 2011 00:00
Written by Samantha See
Directed by Joe Wright (Atonement), Hanna is supported by a great cast, a clever plot and astounding cinematography. But how will it hold up as a whole? Read our review to find out more.
Hanna (Saoirse) is a young girl raised to be a human killer deep in the wilderness of icy forests of Finland by her ex-CIA agent father Erik (Eric Bana), who seemed to be training her for a mission impossible by pouncing on her off guard relentlessly. His pet phrase: "You must always be ready." Tough love despite the teenager's wish to get out and meet the world… for the world Hanna lives in seems too silent yet symbolically peaceful and quiet. That is, until the CIA's helicopters arrive with vengeance and locks her up in an underground space.
Hereby, she meets her nemesis, CIA agent Marissa Wiegler (Cate Blanchett), and proceeds to eliminate her. The plan is blotched when Marissa sends in a clone and Hanna kills the wrong lady. From then on, she goes on the run and the film just heads downhill. Interesting as it is that the character experiences civilisation for the first time while making her way across Europe to find her father, the rest of the plot seemed cliched, draggy and even irritating.
Nonetheless, fabulous acting, especially from a young and talented Ronan, who also gave a brilliant performance as with Atonement is an eye opener. Her piercing blue eyes would haunt some even as they leave the theatre. Blanchett, too, does a good job as the ultimate enemy and portrays her creepy character – a control freak who over-flosses her teeth – well. Think deadly behind a lady-like facade. And lastly, Tom Hollander, an assassin wont to whistle as he proceeds through his assignment performs exceedingly well.
To end, watch Hanna for its elements, the outstanding cast, a clever plot and beautiful cinematography by Alwin Kuchler, but adjust your expectations for the film begins well but splutters off subsequently.
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