Written April 09, 2011
Hanna started out slow and predictable. The trailer gave away most of the beginning, but then things got extremely interesting. The cast was phenomenal and the score was superb. Saorise Ronan is undeniably talented; one of the best performances of the year. Cate Blanchett might have an Oscar, but Saoirse Ronan has a god given gift. Hanna isn't about what happens in the beginning or the end. It's all about the adventure: self discovery, friendship, family, truth, and the choices we make. An emotional roller coaster from beginning to end and a must see for 2011.
Written April 07, 2011
A bit discombobulated after that one...lots of handheld camera shots...mixed in with Chemical Brothers....all combined with a lot of action sequences. They really pull off the doe-eyed young girl full of wonder at the world around her. When she asks her father about what music sounds like, you get a sense of how isolated she has been. When they show her seeing it for the first time, it is mixed in with movement and lots of people so you can tell she's drawn in even more. The movie never let me settle into it so I had to process it after. I really did like it a lot though and recommend it.
Written March 31, 2011
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This is an “ODD” little film, almost akin to a “take your daughter to WORK” day, where the “job” is VENGEANCE...
... Hanna (SAOIRSE) is a 16-year-old girl tracking an animal in the forests of Finland... She’s soon attacked by a man named Erik (ERIC). They get into a knock-down, drag-out fight with each other... And then, you realize Eric is her FATHER...
... It seems he (an ex-CIA agent) has been working all her life to “TRAIN” her in protecting herself & to also be an ASSASSIN able to confront those who have been “stalking” them for years... The level of violence came across as often OVERDONE... Meanwhile, only slight attention is paid to what is likely to “BECOME” of Saoirse & “her” story...
... The film's well acted & has a certain “stylishness” to it, especially involving the many “ACTION” scenes... But, too MUCH of it is “style” over “substance” (with weaknesses in plot & resolution)
Written April 09, 2011
Hanna (Saoirse Ronan) could change her name to Engelbert Humperdink, and no one would even think of laughing, or smirking, or giggling–if they at all valued their lives. She is a teenish version of Jason Bourne, but trained from birth to be a brutal killer and a survivor. Her lethal prowess comes at many costs that she is soon confronted with. Ronan does a magnificent job bringing to the screen the vulnerabilities of the supposedly invulnerable as her character is confronted with things she only heard of in fairytales and bedtime stories. Olivia Williams does a great job with her character, as does Eric Bana; and, while Cate Blanchett is good as a southern CIA spook, I felt like I'd seen that character previous Blanchett films. 'Jailbait Jenny' from 'Tamara Drewe' also plays a minor, yet crucial role in Hanna's character development. Tastefully shot, with an art house flair, and original twists, this movie has the potential to make the coming summer blockbusters feel shallow.
Written April 11, 2011
IT WAS FULL OF ACTIONS; THIS MOVIE AND THE ACTING OF THIS YOUNG WOMAN WAS JUST GREAT. THE SCENERY WAS AWESOME. GO SEE IT !!