Hanna 2011 (Mini Movie Review)

So, I watched Hanna (2011) (directed by Joe Wright) yesterday and am pleased to report it lived up to my expectations.

Not sure why it made me reminisce on a few older films, as if it paid homage to tiny aspects of each; Run Lola Run (1998) – the fast paced style and the running of course, The Last Samurai (2003) – training in the woods, Under the Mud (2006) – no idea why this came to mind when watching Hanna, perhaps the vaguely surreal inclinations within the movie style, The Fifth Element (1997) – the idea of captivity and experimentation, Universal Soldier (1992) – genetic interventions, Leon (1994) – assassination and the father/daughter relationship, The Bourne Identity (2002) – intelligence, pursuit, and some similar looking filming locations. The list could go on, because Hanna made me think of films that I like, and was in no way trying to imitate them. I know a film is good when it contains elements of some of my older favourites. It made me think of Nikita, and also a book called Shade’s Children, a futuristic world where children are not allowed live past their 14th birthday.

In the film Hanna she is the young lead, trained to be a perfect assassin, and having to fend for herself when sent on a mission to end it all. Saoirse Ronan is brilliant in every film she appears in, but here we get to see her full talents flourish, she is so comfortable immersing herself in a character, yet easily makes the audience uncomfortable with her disconcerting stare suiting her character perfectly. Hanna was well cast, Eric Bana as Hanna’s father, Cate Blanchett as a villain. It all tied together perfectly in a dark, subtly surreal journey hinting at the disparity between fairy-tale fiction and grim reality. Hence, Hanna’s attentions to the Grimm’s Fairy Tales, which emerge in the plot throughout. The film gripped my attention, and forced me to emote conflictingly, as tumultuously as Hanna’s emotions and adaption to the outside world were portrayed. The soundtrack, thanks to the Chemical Brothers, was intense, complimentary, industrial, electro, akin to Nine Inch Nails in parts, and gave the film a modern edge. It added to the stylistic shooting, and artsy cinematography, at points making it feel like a well made music video, but without the music detracting from the plot.

Go see it!