As a young girl, seventeen-year-old Hanna (Ronan) was trained by her father Erik (Bana), a former CIA operative, to be a lethal assassin. Having lived in the wilderness of Finland since the age of two, she is taught not to rely on technology. After leaving his position, Erik becomes a target for his former colleagues, as he is believed to be a threat to the CIA. The corrupt Marissa Wiegler (Blanchett) is charged with the responsibility of killing Erik before he can divulge the information that he possesses, but Erik has plans of his own.

We don’t like to admit that the golden age of action films has passed by, and we love it when films like Hanna occasionally hit the cinemas. This is a great action-packed thriller; it’s full of unexpected twists, clever writing and a blowout finale.

The cast is brilliant, beginning with Ronan. The young New York native boasts credits that include Atonement (2007) and The Lovely Bones (2009), but she really comes into her own in this turn as a loyal and dedicated daughter-turned-assassin. She strikes exactly the right balance of cold assassin and innocent girl, specifically in the first half, where we don't just observe her training; but also feel like we're along for the ride.

Bana is in a position in Hollywood where his own future is in his hands, and the versatile Australian is very careful in choosing his roles. He will almost certainly be seen as third in standing behind Ronan and Blanchett in the film, but his role is no less important and vital. Speaking of Blanchett, she can do no wrong and her turn as a corrupt CIA operative is riveting and impressive, and further cements her status as one of the leading actresses of her generation.

The choice of Joe Wright as director was an eyebrow-raising appointment that was met with questions. Having started in television, the British director’s last three films were The Soloist (2009), Atonement (2007), and Pride and Prejudice (2005). Two period dramas and a biographical drama are not the most fitting prerequisites for a film like Hanna; but from the very first scene till the last, Wright maintains the tension and pace of the film perfectly.

The action and fight sequences are exceptional, as is the cinematography, which is vivid and as evocative of the story as any other element of the film is.

Hanna is a great mix of old-school action and intelligent thriller. It keeps the best elements of classical filmmaking to heart, without ever seeming outdated. It’s an excellent film that makes for a great view in the cinema.