Director: Joe Wright
Country: Germany, UK, USA, Finland
Time: 1 hr. 51 minutes
Hanna is an action adventure thriller with some very good fight scenes, however it starts in the cold countryside of Finland. Hanna (Saoirse Ronan) is shown hunting down a reindeer. Her father (Eric Bana), an ex-CIA agent, has been raising her since she was a little girl. He has also been training her in self defence techniques so that one day she can carry out a mission. The day finally comes and she tells her father that she is ready to go out into the real world. Her mission, however, is to assassinate her father’s enemy (Cate Blanchett), which proves to be harder than expected.
I don’t want to give away any more of the story than that. Hanna does make her way through many adventures and countries in order to complete her mission. All of the actors were very good even the minor players. The directing, however, was a bit aggravating. Wright would do some very close shots which sort of confused me on what the scene was about. Wright is a fan of Stanley Kubrick and he tried to use some of Kubrick’s techniques in the film. The most successful use was the soundtrack by The Chemical Brothers. He also used bits from fairy tales in a less successful manner. I understood a couple of the references but not all.
Another thing which I considered a defect was a scene where the actors were speaking German but there were no subtitles. I may know some German, but not everyone does and this may be annoying for some viewers. Despite these flaws, Hanna was a good thriller. It might take another viewing of it, but I think that I would get a copy for my collection. I give Hanna 4 stars out of 5.