Hanna Review

Imagine if the Brothers Grimm created Jason Bourne and you get a bit of an idea of what director Joe Wright is going for with his action-thriller Hanna, starring Saoirse Ronan as the eponymous killer kid who makes Hit-Girl look like a rookie. Raised in the frozen woods of North Finland in absolute solitude by her father Erik (Eric Bana), she is trained by him in almost Spartan fashion to be as intelligent as she is deadly in both armed and hand-to-hand combat. But why is this little girl being raised to defend herself so fiercely (and from whom) when they are utterly isolated from the outside world? The answer comes in the person of CIA agent Marissa Wiegler (Cate Blanchett), who has ruthlessly pursued Hanna since the child's birth. I won't get into spoilers about why, suffice to say that it involves her dad. Called in by Marissa to catch Hanna is the creepy CIA asset Isaacs (well played by Tom Hollander as a sort of Pied Piper crossed with a Bond henchman). When the bad guys finally do come for Hanna, she ventures into the "real world" for the first time on an international journey that will not only teach her the truth about her origins, but also expose her to a host of life experiences and sensations that she's heretofore only read and dreamt about.  Read More...

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