Hanna (2011) Detail:
Director: Joe Wright
Writers: Seth Lochhead , David Farr
Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana
Genres: Action | Drama | Thriller
Hanna (2011) Overview:
“Hanna” is a first-rate thriller about the drawbacks of home schooling. As it opens, a teenage girl is in the act of killing a deer with her bow and arrow, and then as she’s gutting the carcass, a man sneaks up behind and says, “You’re dead!” She engages in a fierce hand-to-hand battle with this man, who turns out to be her father. He has raised her as they lived alone deep in the forest in a house that looks like it was inspired by lots of gingerbread.
Gradually most, not all, of the details come clear. Hanna (Saoirse Ronan) has been taught advanced and ruthless killing skills as a means of self-defense against her enemies, who are legion. Her father, Erik (Eric Bana), fears for her safety and his own. He is apparently an agent whose skills and knowledge are so formidable that a CIA officer named Marissa (Cate Blanchett) is obsessed with capturing him — and the child.
Hanna decides she is ready for the real world, and the two of them plunge back into a confrontation with the CIA. And then we get an odd cross between a fairy tale and a high-tech action movie. It could have been a fairly strained attempt at either, but director Joe Wright (“Atonement”) combines his two genres into a stylish exercise that perversely includes some sentiment and insight.