Hanna (May Contain Spoilers)

For the first time in a while, I’ve seen a film that I actually don’t have too much to say about. I know, it sounds crazy, right? I thought so too. Hanna first came across as a thriller film with some deeper ties when I first saw it advertised, and that’s exactly what I got. Plain and simple.

Hanna plays out a little bit like a modern day twist on Leon (if anyone hasn’t seen that film by this point, stop what you’re doing, put down that mug of tea and that Hobnob, and get yourself to a rental shop!) in the sense that it gets quite tense in places and revolves around a lot of killing and assassinations. Hanna (Saoirse Ronan) has been raised by her father – slash – handler – slash – ex-CIA agent Erik (Eric Bana) in the snowy wilderness, where she has been trained to hunt and to kill in the most ruthless and efficient ways, effectively becoming the world’s most deceptively innocent assassin. Hanna has gone through all this training all for one mission – to kill their target Marissa (Cate Blanchett), the CIA authority responsible for the death of Hanna’s mother, and the operation that created her.

Hanna generally has a fair bit in it that is likeable. The way she discovers the world after being alone with her father for nearly 16 years is interesting, and you end up feeling like you’re watching someone discover everything for the first time and being old enough to work out what it is, almost like a Neanderthal discovering fire. Also, watching Saoirse in the action scenes is a far cry from when she was in The Lovely Bones and you realise how much training she must have gone through in order to really get into the role of Hanna.

Having said that, the storyline of Hanna was very straight forward and a majority of the film is explained in any synopsis you’re likely to read. Which I personally thought was a real shame, since it seemed like there was a lot of potential for Hanna to develop a lot more on discovering her humanity and morality, or development of who she actually is and what she was made for. But instead, there’s no unexpected twist at the end, no real finishing exposition and any big reveal about the program in the CIA that developed her is pretty much clued into every audience member in a way that isn’t too subtle before the third act.

It is a bit of a shame, as there could have been room for a much bigger development, or some sort of twist, since the film is already long enough for it. But as it stands, Hanna is a tense thriller film (if somewhat disappointingly tamed for its 12A rating) that does begin to show some heart by the end of the film. Hanna gets 6 out of 10 for being a decent action film, but loses out on more points for leaving a lot of potential behind.


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