Cinema Static Movie Review of ‘Hanna’

by on April 10, 2011

in Entertainment, movie reviews

HANNA movie posterThis movie review is about Hanna, starring Saoirse Ronan (The Way Back, The Lovely Bones) and directed by Joe Wright (Atonement, Pride & Prejudice).

In a word, Hanna was not as action packed as I expected it to be but delivered a rather interesting story none the less.

Disclaimer: I don’t pretend to be the artistic minded or high-browed movie-goer. I go to the movies (usually at the Redwood Century 21 movie complex) to be entertained and I’m an everyday kind of guy. With that said, let’s get on with a real-world movie review perspective…

Hanna opens with Hanna (Ronan) hunting and making a kill in the wintery land of snow. Her father, Erik (Eric Bana), sneaks up on her and tells her she’s dead. It’s part of her training. But she’s itching to leave, to apparently pull off her assignment. I’m not sure why she’s itching to leave, but her dad does leave it up to her when she wants to leave.

When she does leave, she’s headed out to go kill CIA agent named Marissa, played by Cate Blanchett, her dad’s ex-handler.

Erik digs up a signal box and tells her when she’s ready, to activate it and they will come. They (The CIA) do show up and capture Hanna. She asks to see Marissa. They send in a fake Marissa and the “chase” is on.

Hanna - Eric BanaBut it’s not so much a chase as it is one girl’s journey into the world that she’s been sheltered from her entire life while her dad trained her. Everything is new to her as she’s on the run from Marissa and her team. But rather than engaging in what I expected to be a scene to scene trail of violence in defending and attacking the enemy, the movie became rather focused on the journey of Hanna through the world. It felt like a modern day Alice In Wonderland tale, after Hanna fell down the hole and journeyed through a strange land. A land of our world. (In the movie, during her escape from the bad guy center, she does indeed crawl out of a hole.)

It was a slow journey of discovery in the middle act that sees Marissa, Erik and Hanna converge in on the final act where

The movie ends pretty much as it opened, and when you see the movie, you’ll see what I mean by that.

Hanna - Cate BlanchettYes, the movie trailer is very deceptive as it makes you think you’re headed to an action flick. This movie is not a Dwayne Johnson action flick where the bad guys are getting their asses kicked every few minutes. Some have said this is director Joe Wright’s shot at trying to show an in-depth sense of conception and execution of scenes. Of showing or hinting at other fantastical references.

For me, the Hanna lost me in the middle a bit but Hanna’s journey was intereseting. It was like two movies in one. The first and last act were the primary story and the middle act was in a different gear. The artsy gear so to speak.

That and the Chemical Brothers music was definitely different, giving scenes a rather unique, underlying tone or feel. And there’s some shaky-cam work yet again in this movie.

In short, at least Hanna was interesting and the fight choreography was above par for most fight choreography, but I didn’t see anything extra special about it.


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