‘Hanna’ kicks butt with style

Heard good things about this movie but didn’t know it was this good! Can you tell already what kind of review this is gonna be? So where to start? I went into this movie without a lot of research into […]

Heard good things about this movie but didn’t know it was this good! Can you tell already what kind of review this is gonna be? So where to start? I went into this movie without a lot of research into how good or bad it was. Saw the trailer, asked my wife, “Want to see this?” She said sure. From the trailer it looked to be an action thriller with the main character, Hanna looking to be a killing machine like Hit Girl from Kick-Ass
,or La Femme Nikita, or a dozen others with similar plots. Something about it though screamed it was something more.

We have Erik Bana playing Erik Heller, an Ex-CIA agent raising his daughter, Hanna in a North Finland forest after her mother was murdered by Marissa Wiegler (Cate Blanchett). also with the CIA. Hanna who’s played by Saoirse Ronan, is trained by Erik to be a killing machine to prepare her for her next phase … kill Marissa Wiegler. After 16 years of isolation, its time to let her loose into the real world to avenge her mother’s death. Pretty simplistic plot I know but Jim Wright (director) pulls off a phenomenal action thriller despite having a paper thin story.

The film is also a coming of age film for Hanna since she was home schooled all her life, taught multiple languages, and trained to have no fear.  Hanna is a force to be reckoned with but also very much out of her element in the outside world. Slashing throats with a toothpick, she can do. Talking to boys and anyone else for that matter, all brand new. As Harry Knowles points out in his review, “This is Borne Identity as a 16 year old girl story.

The acting from the three leads: Bana, Blanchett and Ronan are all top notch. They all seem to have their game faces on for this movie. Jim Wright brings style and panache with his choice of camera angles and pacing that keep the audience entertained and on their toes. The whole experience is complete with the addition of the Chemical Brothers electronic beats which have a way of bringing each scene to its natural center. Like Daft Punk did for Tron: Legacy or Trent Reznor did for The Social Network. The Chemical Brothers’ beats just have a way of punctuating every scene and enhancing them. In fact in a recent interview, Jim Wright points out that:

The Chemicals finished the score before shooting began so whenever possible, speakers were set up on the shoot so that the action or movement by the actors could match the rhythm of the score. [Buzzfocus.com]

Action scenes choreographed with purpose, stellar acting from lead and supporting cast, and cinematography shot to keep the audience entertained. This movie is definite must see and already has a place on my Top 10 for 2011. Such a relief from the disappointment that was Sucker Punch. More about that later in the week.

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