Hanna (2011)

Posted in Reviews by - May 08, 2012
Hanna (2011)

Hanna is an action thriller come fairy tale whose target audience are asked to leave their sense of disbelief by the coat stand before entering the theatre.

The film’s focus is on cute little 16 year-old Hanna Heller (Saoirse Ronan), who also happens to be a genetically enhanced super soldier wanted by the CIA. Needless to say, there were more holes in this plot than an itchy anus sufferer’s underpants, with many a perplexing scene including the one in which Eric Bana cuts his beard and hair to look exactly like his Wanted Identikit mug shot before leaving the freezing Arctic retreat wearing a business suit; and another in which Cate Blanchett brushes a tooth until it bleeds, for no apparent reason.

In addition, the cut-out characters sent to dispatch our young protagonist look like they would have difficulty even beating up a little girl who wasn’t Hanna. Nevertheless, for all Hanna’s many faults, Saoirse Ronan’s acting was enjoyable, while the movie was stylish and contained enough thrills and humour to still make it a cut above the usual formulaic action offering.


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This post was written by bill-marlow
Bill Marlow is just some crazy dude whose mad about movies and started reviewing films after witnessing one too many atrocities at the cinema. He is also very fond of talking about himself in the third person.


  • Funzo

    This was really fascinating reading your review on Hanna. I agree, the movie lacked coherence but was still fairly decent to watch. I will bookmark your site in order that I might come back another time.

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  • Niko Holmen

    Superb posting, I share the same views about Hanna. I wonder why this particular world truly does not picture for a moment like me and also the blog site creator :D

    • Jump

      I saw this movie with James and Luke and I was really exeticd for it. However, we all left the theater with a general feeling of dissatisfaction. I think it would have been better as a short film. I felt that there were too many side plots that were left unfinished, and the reveal of why she is the way she is was very anti-climactic. The fight scenes were pretty cool but everything else, I felt, was either confusing or boring. All three of us agreed that we felt like we had been left out of an inside joke or something that the movie was based off of. I think it was just trying too hard to be really cool.

      • Raziq

        Hi Bill,I just saw the film, in large part because of your recommendation. I liked it a lot, although not unreservedly. I don’t think any of your questions have a definitive answer (unless the writer or director responds), but here’s my take.1) Unknown, probably unimportant. Perhaps we are meant to understand that it could have been any of us.2) I never got the sense that she was a man. I just assumed the hermaphrodite reference was simply to make the bad guy seem creepier.3) I’d have to watch it again with that question in mind.4) At the time, I assumed it just characterized her as someone obsessive-compulsive enough to even cause her own bleeding when she flossed. Or suggesting that her attempts to clean up her own life were going to cause her to suffer. However, your bad wolf idea is intriguing as she did walk out of the wolf’s mouth at the end.5) The second answer, as Hanna was in a way Marissa’s child.All in all, a good film. Thanks for the review.

  • Nuryenti

    I can’t deny I am a fan of Wright’s after ATONEMENT and PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. I thought Ronan was perfect for the lead, and the concept was cleaver, but it seemed to be transmuted with a trowel. I plan on seeing this a second time though; I owe that much to Wright, and to you for this excellent piece!

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