Hanna has all the elements of a thriller spy movie; from the teen girl version of Jason Bourne, presenting a teenage girl assassin, to the suspense and the pounding score from the Chemical Brothers, making this movie tell a classic story in a modern way; a girl from the forest that wants to kill the evil queen.
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The protagonist played by Saoirse Ronan is different, odd at times, clever, and also passionate and captivating. Joe Wright teams again with his Atonement star Hanna tells the story of a very uncommon teenage girl, raised in the Arctic wilderness by her father Erik (Eric Bana) to be a fierce and feral warrior. By uncommon, I don’t only mean very killing skills, Hanna speak several languages, memorize the encyclopedia and spends her nights with an old photograph of her dead mother and Grimm’s Fairy Tales, because she seems to has been raised only for one purpose; Marissa Wiegler (Cate Blanchett).
From the very first trailer, we have one question in mind: Is daughter of the determined CIA agent Marissa, played by (Blanchett), who pursues the girl all over Germany? For instance, they do look alike and have quite the same talents. She is not. The CIA agent we learn later is responsible not only for her mother’s death but for key details of Hanna’s existence.
Hanna gets caught intentionally by the CIA to do her mission, but things don’t go as expected and Hanna now has to escape. When Hanna escapes from a hole beneath the sands of Morocco, the movie takes another turn. Hanna meets a vacationing family. Considering she has meet very few people and knew no mother she is soon feels interests and observes and to the family mom (Olivia Williams) and daughter (Jessica Barden), but don’t worry there will be fighting Wright is just warming up.
Erik is followed from street level down into an underground station foyer and is forced to take on four men and Hanna, who is living a very different life from what she is used to has to escape leaping acrobatically over empty shipping containers, which makes her forget the eye shadow and the dresses and remembers her mission.
Ronan and Wright are a good working team. They are an excellent team. Wright has a keen eye on human reactions from Hanna leaning her head out a car window, the haunting tune whistled by Hollander’s assassin, to the maternal smile on Olivia Williams’s face. The actors all proved to be perfect for the part; from Blanchett’s Marissa a woman who did everything and gave up everything herself become the person she now is, in control of herself and her domain, but missing something inside. To Bana a man destined to remain elusive in order to save his daughter Hanna.
The script was listed on both the 2006 and 2009 Black List, an annual list of the best unproduced screenplays of the year. It was probably waiting for a good director and cast to make this movie right. Atonement was surprisingly good, despite of course the book was much better. But this was supposed to be a hint for something; Wright is talented and Ronan as well, and as a team, they can make good results.
The movie is captivating, exciting and touching. And score by the Chemical Brothers is a perfect frame to the story making the movie worth watching.