Flash Movie Review: Hanna

Something I have been saying for years is if you need a license to drive a car, then you need to get a license to have and take care of a child. I have not fathered any children, nor have anything against parenthood; I only base my statement on things I have seen throughout the years. When a baby is born they have a pure, blank slate. They do not know anything about racism, sexism, hatred or have preconceived opinions that are not based on reason or actual experiences. I have always been curious about this idea because it begs the question, “How do people get theses traits?” I do not mean to offend anyone nor be judgmental, but I have always felt it was the parent’s responsibility to teach their child to be an independent thinker. Maybe I should just say show them the difference between right and wrong. In regards to this action thriller, when I said a parent needs a license to raise a child I did not mean a license to kill. Saoirse Ronan (The Host,The Lovely Bones) played Hanna, who was raised in a remote area of Finland by her single dad Erik Heller, played by Eric Bana (Munich, Closed Circuit). Erik had spent years raising his daughter to be the perfect assassin before sending her out into the world. Once Hanna ventured out of their safe haven she soon discovered her father did not teach her everything a young girl should know. Not only did I think Saoirse did an excellent job of acting, but I was surprised with her fight scenes. They were well choreographed with clean straight forward action. To me Eric’s character was not a major role compared to Cate Blanchett’s (Blue Jasmine, Babel) role as Agent Marissa Wiegler. I really enjoyed Cate’s character. The story was a good idea; I liked the contrast of having a young innocent character being a lethal killer. What did not work was the screenplay; there were scenes that I found ridiculous, where I could not find any logical reason for them. In the case of this adventure film I think it could have used a license to make sense. There were a few scenes with violence and blood in them.


2 1/2 stars — DVD

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on December 13, 2013, in Thriller and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. This soundtrack by Chemical Brothers is amazing! I actually like this one though, much better than the new Bourne or Jolie’s inept, Salt. Granted, it is NOT perfect 😉

  2. I saw parts of this on an airplane once — it was visually stunning, but I was scratching my head to figure out what was going on

  3. A lost opportunity, once again! Contains spoilers, don’t read if you are seriously thinking of wasting two perfectly good hours.
    Nicely filmed, nice locations and wonderful actors, yet a script with no depth (maybe the damage was done during editing?)Apart from the huge gaps in the script (seeing only the girls POV would explain it, but alas they didn’t choose this type of narrative) I wonder, don’t they feel the void when they don’t give enough (time, lines or background) for the characters to develop, create connections and make it a bit more convincing? One of the most convincing examples of such films was The International. Maybe they should watch it and stick to a strong human plot with at least nods or hints to a believable conspiracy theory and a special interest to human emotions. Even if it turns bad for the hero. And the chance to make classic shots in the abandoned amusement park were wasted from a very quick and pointless pace and an abrupt ending. The girl was looking like Kate and for a moment I thought that this would be the twist, but not even this! Will wait for the director’s cut.

  4. I live Saoirse and I love this one. Hanna is Hit Girl in another case.

  5. Its an enjoyable film, the cast are excellent especially Saoirse Ronan and Eric Bana

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