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



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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 upbringing and training have been one and the same, all geared to making her the perfect assassin. But out in the world there is unfinished business for Hanna's family, and it is with a combination of pride and apprehension that Erik realizes his daughter can no longer be held back. -- (C) Focus Features

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  • Apr 29, 2015
    One can't but feel sorry for Hanna - who's whole reason for being is to avenge her mother's murder.
    Red L Super Reviewer
  • Feb 20, 2015
    Concept intà (C)ressant, mais une fin abrupte et dà (C)cevante.
    Marc-André B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 09, 2013
    It seems no matter how old the theme of revenge might be it all depends on the execution of it that sells it. When done correctly the revenge theme won't be a simple plot device to carry a story forward, but instead used as a secondary element into a greater story. Such in the case of Hanna that while not stringing all of it ideas well together is a fresh and unique approach to an otherwise old theme. Hanna follows the titled 16-year-old who was raised by her father to be the perfect assassin dispatched on a mission across Europe, tracked by a ruthless intelligence agent and her operatives. The to the writers credit they didn't only make killing the antagonist the motive of our young heroine which breaks the trend that these revenge movies typically go for. Instead showing our heroine first time in the real world and Hanna is an interesting character to see developed as she's a fish out of water in her strange new environment. It's interesting to witness a trained, cold, calculating killer fascination with the world around her as well her weaknesses to it. The journey of this father and daughter duo trying to reunite is a good plot device. Often switching between the two to develop the character or learn more about the heroes past. While it will keep your attention some elements of the plot were noticeably weak. First of many being it switches from being a drama into a road film. Creating an odd shifting in tone almost as if you have been transported into a different movie. Both with a different purpose and elements that do not blend together. Not to forget the main characteristic of our heroine is that she was raise to be a killer hardly uses her skills. The antagonist motivation to kill Hanna while original needed better reasoning for doing so. As for the ending it opens with the same line it ends with. The ending does conclude the story, but without the satisfaction of our protagonist final thoughts on her journey for full closure. Saorise Ronan pulls off a difficult layered role that most young actresses in her age range wouldn't be able to do convincingly. Her cold expressions followed by her even colder line delivery does the trick to convince you she's lethal. Yet she is still able to come of as delicate and innocent. Doing the difficult task of putting to two different personalities together finding a middle ground where one does not overshadow the other. Eric Bana is less impressive in his role. He is confined to being the sweet concerned father figure which he does little with. Hardly ever changing emotions through the course of the film. Cate Blanchett while never coming off as a threat to Hanna is passable in her role. The action scenes are badly executed. Saosirse Ronan fight scene aren't convincing when she performs them slowly including when she's running slowly in her chase scenes. The same goes with Eric Bana action scenes which suffer from uninspired choreography and lazy usage of their settings. Hanna while not satisfying to those looking for good action will be intrigued by the plot narrative. With an outstanding performance from Saorise Ronan which is sure impress any film goer. It's a fresh approach to an widely use theme and despite the hard to buy premise it works.
    Caesar M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 27, 2013
    Hanna is a terrific film that goes way beyond being a great action film. It is a film about young woman who tries to discover her identity, and her relationship with the Man who may or may not be her father. The film begins with a great sequence showing Hanna hunting and killing a large reindeer. This is done not only for food, but as part of her training. Her Mentor Erik (Eric Bana) is an Ex-CIA Operative gone dark, because he knows certain secrets. He and Hanna live in the Scandinavian wild, but he knows the day will come when Hanna will want to venture into the real world, and he wants her to be prepared for the danger she will face. When we see the face of Hanna (Played with great vulnerable intensity by Saoirse Ronan) we see a 15 year old girl, but her actions, strengths and demeanor convey the image of fledgling assassin. The fantastic story leads us on a journey as both Hanna and Erik go their seperate ways, pursued by assasins that want to ensure that the secrets Erik knows, remain undisclosed. Cate Blanchett plays the ruthless CIA heavy who was Erik's handler, and the person who stands to lose the most if the secret is revealed. There is excellent work by Olivia Williams and Jessica Barden, as the Mother and daughter who befriend the previously friendless Hanna. Everything about this quiet blockbuster stands out from the superb direction to the great music score by The Chemical Brothers. The acting is tremendous throughout, with a breathtaking performance by Ronan, as Hanna, and outstanding work by Bana as the Man who raised her into a world where she must be able to kill to survive.
    Robert B Super Reviewer

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