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Running Time 111 min
MPAA rating PG-13
Release Date Apr 8, 2011
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Hanna

Raised by her father (Eric Bana) in the Finnish wilderness, teenage Hanna (Saoirse Ronan) has trained all her life to be the perfect assassin. Her father sends her on a mission, and she stealthily makes her way across Europe while evading agents sent after her by a ruthless operative named Marissa (Cate Blanchett), who once worked with Hanna's father. As she draws closer to her target, Hanna faces startling revelations about her existence and begins to question her humanity.

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Apr 11, 2011 - Jennavive. on Hanna

From the trailers and descriptions of the movie that Focus has been releasing, I got the idea that they really wanted this to be Bourne with a teenage girl in the main role. What they got was an dark-comedy action film that is also a coming-of-age story. Focus might not have wanted the movie they got out of Hanna, but I think it's terrifically entertaining.

Joe Wright directs a smart thriller with great performances and a good sense of direction. It's not a "Shoot Em Up" action film, but instead a combination of a Fairy Tail, Thriller, Coming of Age story where our heroine, "Hanna" must find her way in the world she wishes to explore while dodging an obsessed CIA operative bent on killing her father and taking her for her own purposes.

The first thing I talked about with my friends after we got out of the screening was the great job that Saoirse did of carrying the film, though she had some very entertaining supporting characters as well (the British family she meets up with is incredible). Another thing that really worked with the film was its soundtrack--the Chemical Brothers did a great job with their songs, matching the fast pace of the action scenes and setting the mood for some of the quieter scenes.

There were a few problems with the film, though, especially when it came to character development. Though the character of Hanna was well-developed throughout the film, the primary supporting characters were pretty weak. Hanna's father (Eric Bana) and the CIA officer trying to kill her (Cate Blanchett) are never really given purpose, so I was never able to invest emotionally in either one.

Overall the film was smart and realistic, fantastic and representing how a young woman with abnormal strength and wit would feel encountering a world she wasn't raised to understand.

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Apr 11, 2011 - angeldreamer on Hanna
Hrmmm..

I feel like I just watched scenes from someone's life - a someone who happens to speak every language and is great at killing and who is also on the run from Cate Blanchett's green Prada pumps (or where they Armani?).

Scenes of running, fighting and well everything, is realistic, the camera even bounces around while the characters are running as if you're running with them. But the best part of the movie, the parts you've been waiting for is the deaths! Right? Well, you're in for a treat because some deaths are really twisted, others are quick, and others require some muscle.. all sorts of death to appease your appetite!

While most of the movie is pretty dark, there are very funny scenes thrown in as well to lighten the mood. Plus there are nice little melodies throughout the movie to bring this killer fairy tale alive.

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