Review: Hanna (2011)

| 10 June , 2011 | Reply

Keeva Stratton

Directed by: Joe Wright
Starring: Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana, Saoirse Ronan

When a 16-year-old assassin, who has been raised in a secluded forest with her former CIA agent father, is unleashed upon the world, only the unexpected is to be expected. Expertly trained and extraordinarily strong, Hanna is soon herself the target of the CIA, and will have to draw on every tactic and skill taught to her by her father to navigate through this foreign world.

Joe Wright\’s espionage thriller, Hanna, generously delivers a film that is loaded with intelligence, wit and action, to be a true multidimensional thriller. It is as easy on the eye as it is on the ear, with brilliant performances all round, carried along expertly by an edgy soundtrack scored by The Chemical Brothers.

Blanchett is delicious as the obsessed CIA agent, Marissa, who is hell-bent on catching the one that got away; and the performance from a young Soairse Ronan as Hanna is both tempered and clever. The only real disappointment for me was the often unconvincing performance of Bana, who, apart from a few bare-chest moments, offered very little that was pleasing to the eye.

Here is a film that succeeds as both a ‘Bourne\’ style thriller, and indeed also as a black comedy. It is wonderfully cast and performed, and kudos must go to the exceptional writing, which, amidst all the chaos and violence, was able to bring a very warm and human element continually to the fore.

A film that you and your special male friend will equally enjoy, Hanna is indeed a film befitting its opening night placement at Sydney Film Festival, and here\’s hoping it gets an equally strong showing when released.

Keeva

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