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Hanna (2011)



Critic Consensus: Fantastic acting and crisply choreographed action sequences propel this unique, cool take on the revenge thriller.

Movie Info

Hanna (Saoirse Ronan) is 16 years old. She is bright, inquisitive, and a devoted daughter. Uniquely, she has the strength, the stamina, and the smarts of a soldier; these come from being raised by her widowed father Erik (Eric Bana), an ex-CIA man, in the wilds of North Finland. Erik has taught Hanna to hunt, put her through extreme self-defense workouts, and home-schooled her with only an encyclopedia and a book of fairy tales. Hanna has been living a life unlike any other teenager; her … More

Rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence and action, some sexual material and language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense , Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: David Farrar , David Farr , Seth Lochhead
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 6, 2011
Box Office: $40.2M
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Critic Reviews for Hanna

All Critics (211) | Top Critics (44)

not terrible, but not great

Full Review… | August 26, 2013
7M Pictures

It's like an amusement park ride operating in the middle of a rave in which The Chemical Brothers provide a no-one-gets-out-alive thrust of unimpeded propulsion.

Full Review… | May 26, 2013
The Patriot Ledger

Jason Bourne meets Run Lola Run in a movie that brings terrifying new meaning to 'child abuse'.

Full Review… | March 4, 2013
Concrete Playground

"A furious neck-snapping thriller that summons up memories of a dozen other movies and manages to improve on most of them."

Full Review… | January 9, 2013
Tribune News Service

Teenage assassin trained as a killing machine since birth? Unless your movie has Nicolas Cage dressed like Batman with a paedo-tache, you're fighting a losing battle from the start.

Full Review… | September 28, 2012

For a film that is supposed to be a thriller, the thrills are few and far in between. What "Hanna" really ends up being is a missed opportunity.

Full Review… | September 20, 2012

Audience Reviews for Hanna


The most underrated action film of the last decade.

Liam Gadd
Liam Gadd

Super Reviewer

Mixing together the fetish details of fairy tales and the rogue Euro-friendly devices of action films, "Hanna" is a deceptively overdone genre of film that gives a few groans and a few shudders. The premise of the film is enticing, framing a young girl (Ronan), outlawed by society and made to be a weapon of destruction by her father (Bana) in the German wilderness. She has no social queues, no indicators of normality, and also fights with complete loyalty towards her father. There's a larger conspiracy at work between her father and several secret government organizations. We only get a taste for what this conspiracy is, in the first twenty minutes of the film, which spurs the action and drives the characters intuitions. The face of the evil organization is Agent Marissa Heller (Blanchett) a mysterious woman who seems to have an unbreakable tie to Hanna and her father. She hunts them down, and we're not completely sure whether or not she really is the evil entity that Erik (Bana) supposes, until we're farther into the film. Instead of being a cat and mouse tete a tete, the film mostly follows Hanna as she adjusts to a wandering life, often co-mingling with an Australian family on holiday. Her interactions with the children and parents take up a large section of the film, and she rarely has to fight the gang of assassins that tail her. Near the end the events turn very whimsical, and that's where everything kind of melts down. The fantasy elements are intriguing: a prophetic, special girl, who looks very predatory and yet fairylike in appearance. A father who is overly protective and keeps her hidden in the woods. A pulse pounding soundtrack over all the action, and fantastical settings, including an abandoned park, serve to remind us of the underlying sentiments of the film. Ronan is amazing as Hanna, giving very little exposition, and yet portraying a feral young girl trying to cope with the instability of her situation. Blanchett is creepy in her role, malevolent as a Disney villain, and yet enjoys a complexity that never gets explained. Marissa Heller is the one part of the story that never gels. We're not sure if she cares for Hanna, or wants revenge, or even why she ultimately stalks her like prey. There's definitely a seedy element to her character that isn't covered by governmental status, and yet it ends with emotional dependence on the young girl. The ending feels stale and useless compared to the rest of the film, and that's because we're unsure of who Heller ultimately is. This film uses its elements effectively, and has a certain style and tone, but it doesn't have a very useful or interesting plot.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

An outstanding, and fiercely directed "coming-of-age/revenge-flick", this little movie is, by far, the best one of the year. The action is so realistically choreographed that it would give big-budget action films a run for their money. The actors are in top form, but it is Ronan who delivers the killing punch (Literally!).

Jose Cruz
Jose Cruz

Super Reviewer

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