"Hanna" kicks our ass and we like it!

Bitter, Bitter Balcony, Movie Review, Hanna 2011Seth Lochhead,David FarrJoel WrightCate Blanchett,Eric Bana,Saoirse Ronan Bitter,Bitterometer,meter Hanna(2011)

The trailer popped out of nowhere. I hadn't heard of this film until days before its release, but once I saw it I was intrigued.

"Hanna" is a film about a young girl who is trained by her father to be an adept killer. They live in the forest alone. He fights with her with no signs of holding back and the girl kicks ass. Eventually, after several attempts at telling her father that she is ready, he offers her a beacon. Once she flips the switch the American government picks it up and and comes to take them back to civilizatiothey unfortunately, they want Hanna's father bad. Hanna's mission is to kill Marissa, a CIA agent, coincidentally in charge of requiring Hanna's father.

Saoirse Ronan is charismatic and plays the character of Hanna exceedingly well. She shows the wonder of a girl who has never been a part of civilization without sacrificing the threat of the killer that she is. When she needs to kick ass it happens quickly and fiercely. Eric Bana plays the father and his action scenes show where Hanna learned her skills. Cate Blanchett plays a CIA agent going rogue well, but her character is barely developed.

The movie is entertaining. There are loud and fast action scenes followed by slower pensive moments. For the most part they mesh well, but at times one or the other seems like a tad much. The characters could have used a little more development and the fate of some other characters are never discussed, so the script (Seth Lochhead and David Farr) could have used a second draft. Still, the direction (Joel Wright) is interesting in a good/nonconventional way. The movie is rated PG-13 and there are moments I wished it would be rated R, so the action scenes could have been explored adequately.

The music by The Chemical Brothers are great. After watching the movie I picked up the score and have heard it twice already. The music ranges from energetic beats to eerie fairytale tunes. Much like the direction it works well in an unconventional way, but does have moments whee it feels a bit much.

All in all the movie is good, while not flawless. Everyone involved does a great job and the movie has a great vibe.


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