Hanna Movie Review
There have been plenty of movies about secret agents not knowing their true identity, and even more movies about people being trained to be the perfect assassin. Total Recall and The Bourne Identity fall into the former category, and la Femme Nikita and The Mechanic that was released earlier this year fall into the latter. This type of movie is usually popular because there’s nothing more satisfying than to see a bad person change their ways and become someone better. Hanna follows those basic plots, but puts a twist on them. This time the person being trained is a teenage girl who has never been allowed to see the world around her, and even though she is obviously not a secret agent, she still holds secrets that she is unaware of.
In the wilds of northern Finland Hanna Heller (Saoirse Ronan) is being trained by her father Erik (Eric Bana). He’s educating her like any other child, but he’s also teaching her how to survive in the world she has never known. She learns how to hunt, how to speak differently languages, and how to fight and kill. What it all boils down to is he’s teaching her how to be the perfect assassin. When she’s ready Erik allows Hanna to summon the CIA and begin her mission to kill agent Marissa Wiegler (Cate Blanchett). The mission doesn’t go as smoothly as he would have hoped however, and Hanna finds herself on the run across Africa and Europe from several ruthless intelligence agents. During her escape Hanna ultimately finds answers to questions about her existence that she never would have thought to ask. Answers that make her wonder who she really is.
Hanna is exactly what you’d expect it to be. There are no real surprises, and a lot of high octane action and entertainment. Saoirse Ronan does a great job playing the title role, and Cate Blanchett plays a great villain. It’s kind of fun watching a teenage girl beat-up grown men and women. The only real place this movie fails is in the plot holes that seem to appear everywhere. You really have to suspend your disbelief for this movie, but then again that’s the case for most action flicks. There are also a couple of times the movie throws a cheesy scene your way that really should just have been avoided. One character to keep your eyes open for is Sophie, played by Jessica Barden. Jessica has a really good sense of comedic timing, and watching her character on the screen for the brief amount of time she’s on it is just plain fun. She adds a sense of levity to a pretty dark movie.
Over all Hanna is worth seeing, just don’t expect it to be anything unique or on the top of anyone’s best of lists at the end of the year. It is what it is, and it does a pretty good job of keeping you entertained.
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