Hanna Film Review
A 16-year-old who was raised by her father to be the perfect assassin is dispatched on a mission across Europe, tracked by a ruthless intelligence agent and her operatives.
Released in 2011
Saoirse Ronan, who first came on to my radar in Peter Jacksons, The Lovely Bones, gives another mesmerizing performance as the teenage assassin Hanna. Hanna and her father Erik (Bana) live alone in a remote cabin in Finland. Far from civilisation, Erik, an ex CIA operative, teaches his daughter to become the most perfect killer the world has seen. But Hanna has an advantage that no other human being has, one that even she is unaware of.
Hanna, now being a teenager, is yearning for the outside world and when Erik feels the time is right, he gives his daughter the option to leave and go out in to the world. Knowing this time would come, there is an ulterior motive, and he arranges to meet with his daughter in Germany.
Hanna now emabarks on a journey across a Europe, piggy backing with a family who are on holiday. During this time she starts to learn about the real world and here we see her naivety and innocence. Encountering boys, making her first friend and at the same time fighting off hired guns who have been instructed to take her out. Her undeveloped conversational skills are beautifully highlighted when discussing how her mother died, when asked she coolly says, '3 bullets'. !! Love it!
Throughout the film Blanchett plays the CIA overlord who's job it is ensure that Hanna's secret is not revealed, and to do this she knows she has to kill her. Blanchett puts on her Elizabeth face again, and her sharp, emotionless features do give the impression of a single minded pyscho!!
The film heats up as we reach the climax and revelations about Hanna's existence and origins come to light and change her feelings about herself and all close to her.
A brilliant soundtrack by The Chemical Brothers makes sure that this fast paced thriller is well accompanied and Saoirse's stunning looks keep you glued to the screen. Summing up, this isn't quite a teenage Bourne, but close. And the fight scenes between father and daughter are odd but compelling!