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Hanna: Excellent, Relentless Action Thriller

  • Cate BlanchettEric Bana...
  • Action & AdventureMystery & Suspense
  • Joe Wright
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Omar Atef
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Hanna: Excellent, Relentless Action Thriller

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
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.

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.

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.

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360 Tip

Saoirse Ronin undertook a gruelling training program in the lead up to the film. Martial arts supremo and stuntman Dan Inosanto (a protégé of Bruce Lee) spent four hours a day in the gym with her over a period of two months.

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