Friday, June 17, 2011


HANNA is the name you see spelled out in big white letters across a red background a few minutes into the film and again at the end. “Hanna” Heller (Saiorse Ronan) is seventeen years old and lives a secluded life in the forest with her rogue secret agent father, Erik Heller (Eric Bana). However, this girl is much more than your average 17 year old – she hunts, shoots, knows combat skills, knows the world off by heart even though she’s never left the forest and speaks enough languages to be able to communicate with just about anyone.)

Her father trained her to be an assassin and one day, when she decides she is “ready”, she flips the switch on a transmitter to inform Marissa Wiegler (Cate Blanchett), a corrupt CIA agent, of her location. Erik leaves the home while Hanna stays behind to be captured and taken to a CIA safe house in Morocco. Her goal there is to kill Wiegler, but kills Wiegler’s body double instead.

Hanna escapes the compound to meet up with her father in Germany and on the way, finds out many truths about her own life: who murdered her mother, why she is who she is and about her father’s betrayal. She is hunted by Wiegler, the CIA and a heartless mercenary, Isaacs (Tom Hollander). After encountering modern technology for the first time and stowing away in a British family’s van, she ultimately reaches Berlin and this is where the final showdown takes place between Erik, Isaacs and Wiegler, as well as between Hanna and Wiegler.

This film is without a doubt one of those original and enthralling films that no one knows about, but everyone should see. It is an action-adventure with a sci-fi twist and a dramatic blow. The performances from Saiorse Ronan, Cate Blanchett and Tom Hollander are brilliant and you honestly walk out of the cinema wanting to “take down the bad guys.”

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