Hanna

Hanna

Hanna (Ronan) is a teenage girl. Uniquely, she has the strength, the stamina, and the smarts of a soldier; these come from being raised by her father (Bana), an ex-CIA man, in the wilds of Finland. 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. The turning point in her adolescence is a sharp one; sent into the world by her father on a mission, Hanna journeys stealthily across Europe while eluding agents dispatched after her by a ruthless intelligence operative with secrets of her own (Ms. Blanchett). As she nears her ultimate target, Hanna faces startling revelations about her existence and unexpected questions about her humanity. 3.2 out of 5 based on 20 reviews
Hanna

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Genre Thriller, Action / Adventure
Director Joe Wright
Cast Saoirse Ronan, Cate Blanchett, Olivia Williams, Tom Hollander Eric Bana
Studio Universal Pictures UK
Release Date May 2011
Running Time 111 mins
 

Hanna (Ronan) is a teenage girl. Uniquely, she has the strength, the stamina, and the smarts of a soldier; these come from being raised by her father (Bana), an ex-CIA man, in the wilds of Finland. 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. The turning point in her adolescence is a sharp one; sent into the world by her father on a mission, Hanna journeys stealthily across Europe while eluding agents dispatched after her by a ruthless intelligence operative with secrets of her own (Ms. Blanchett). As she nears her ultimate target, Hanna faces startling revelations about her existence and unexpected questions about her humanity.

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Reviews

Empire Magazine

Ian Nathan

Wright gives the action genre — beaten to a pulp by the battery of digital editing — a newfound vividness. Shots that breathe.

06/05/2011

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The New Statesman

Ryan Gilbey

A bristling comedy, an absurdly exciting thriller and a more compelling housewives' wish-fulfilment fantasy than Shirley Valentine or Calendar Girls.

04/05/2011

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Time Out

Tom Huddleston

Mainstream, yet bold, risky and lovably idiosyncratic.

04/05/2011

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The Times

Kate Muir

A disturbing mix of action thriller, family comedy and surreal fairytale. So wrong, but yet so right.

06/05/2011

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The Sunday Times

Cosmo Ladesman

Fairy tales are allegories that teach children about the big bad world beyond their front door. The one weakness of the film is that it doesn’t have anything to say to its adult audience about childhood or being a parent. Instead, it cruises along, content with being observational.

08/05/2011

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Total Film

James Mottram

A woozy mix of hard-as-nails actioner and modern-day fairytale, there are times when this surreal trek across Europe feel as if Hans Christian Andersen has rewritten The Bourne Identity.

27/04/2011

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Variety

Justin Chang

This futuristic fairy tale announces Wright as an outstanding director of action, and Saoirse Ronan, in the title role of a teenage assassin, again proves a consummate muse.

30/04/2011

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The Scotsman

Alistair Harkness

With Hanna, Wright's found a perfect outlet for the weird, wired, off-kilter energy that he frequently injects into his films, and he gives full expression to those impulses in order to make this seen-it-all-before tale of a government-programmed killing machine on a mission to take down her creator seem fresh and pleasingly strange

07/05/2011

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The Daily Telegraph

Sukhdev Sandhu

Can this really be a Joe Wright film? Where are the corsets and crinoline? What happened to the stately grammar he employed in costume dramas such as Pride and Prejudice and Atonement? Hanna sees him changing his game, embracing the potential of low-brow genres, reaching for some of the same craziness as Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan.

05/05/2011

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Time Magazine

Mary Pols

The movie you'd most want to see projected on monitors the next time you're 23 and getting drunk at a nightclub ... Over-eager in almost every way, the movie keeps pressing scenes of deliberate weirdness on us.

07/04/2011

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The New Yorker

David Denby

At moments, the movie becomes a kind of pleasantly meandering travelogue.

08/04/2011

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The New York Times

Manohla Dargis

A movie that is by turns startling and generic, subtle and blunt, and consistently keeps you in its grip if not its heart.

07/04/2011

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The Observer

Philip French

The body count is phenomenal and the overall effect polished, weightless and unmemorable.

08/05/2011

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The Evening Standard

Derek Malcolm

What with Donkey Punch, Kick-Ass and True Grit, it seems that young girls, even pre-adolescent, are the new film heroines. Saoirse Ronan's teenage Hanna, however, beats the lot of them for combat skills.

06/05/2011

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The Independent on Sunday

Nicholas Barber

It feels as if Wright has taken the screenplay for a trashy, 90-minute action movie and struggled desperately to make it into an art film.

08/05/2011

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The Daily Mail

Chris Tookey

Another mesmerising performance by Saoirse Ronan.

06/05/2011

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The Independent

Anthony Quinn

Let's hope this vague, derivative thriller is just a blip.

06/05/2011

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The Los Angeles Times

Kenneth Turan

Blessed with considerable virtues, including a clever concept, crackling filmmaking and a charismatic star, it ultimately squanders all of them, undone by an unfortunate lack of subtlety and restraint.

08/04/2011

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The Guardian

Peter Bradshaw

After a strongish start, the film doesn't so much sag as utterly collapse – each audience member will feel like someone who has flung himself into a hammock that isn't tied at either end.

05/05/2011

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The Financial Times

Nigel Andrews

A surreal thriller needs a thrillmaker with a gift for the surreal, not the pedestrian talent (here) of Joe Atonement Wright

05/05/2011

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