Hanna 2011

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Hanna (Ronan) is a teenage girl. Uniquely, she has the strength, the stamina, and the smarts of a soldier; these come from being raised by her father (Bana), an ex-CIA man, in the wilds of Finland. Living a life unlike any other teenager, her upbringing and training have been one and the same, all geared to making her the perfect assassin. The turning point in her adolescence is a sharp one; sent into the world by her father on a mission, Hanna journeys stealthily across Europe while eluding agents dispatched after her by a ruthless intelligence operative with secrets of her own (Cate Blanchett). As she nears her ultimate target, Hanna faces startling revelations about her existence and unexpected questions about her humanity

Starring:
Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 51 minutes
Starring Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana, Cate Blanchett, Olivia Williams, Michelle Dockery
Director Joe Wright
Genres Thriller
Studio UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK
Rental release 29 August 2011
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 51 minutes
Starring Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana, Cate Blanchett, Olivia Williams, Michelle Dockery
Director Joe Wright
Genres Thriller
Studio UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK
Rental release 29 August 2011
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By The Truth TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 May 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Hanna turned out to be a brilliant watch for many reasons. It was a funny, actions packed, looked great and had a pumping sound track by the Dust Brothers, now better known as the Chemical Brothers.

As the name suggests the story revolves around Hanna. A young girl raised in isolation who has been government trained to kill. Eric Banna plays the father, who turned rogue agent and escaped with her to save her from a life as a government assassin.

However, Hannah comes of age and wants to experience the world outside the woods for herself and a chain of events are set off that see Hannah travel round the globe trying to escape the clutches of head of programme, Cate Blanchett.

The acting is solid throughout from all of the 3 main cast members and the look Nd feel of the film is distinctly German and industrial. Chemical Brothers' sound track adds to the German feel of the film and the action comes thick and fast and handled brilliantly.

What was a real surprise though, was how well the rest of the film was handled though. Scenes of Hanna trying to make friends and make sense of the world outside that which she had known all her life was both touching, poignant and at times down right funny.

The parts of her travelling across Europe with experiencing everything life had to offer for the first time were handled with sensitivity and, I thought, real understanding. Yet at the same time, scenes of her kicking arse where brutal and unflinching.

Hanna was a thoroughly enjoyable film that ticked all boxes and I thought it was a very descent attempt at giving a familiar theme (The genetically modified killer) a slightly new twist.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Lark TOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 Jan 2012
Format: DVD
I've no idea why this film has had such poor reviews from some viewers or has turned out to be so polarising but it would appear to be one of those features which you either spectacularly love or loath.

I have to say I absolutely loved it. The plot is simple enough but while parallels can be drawn with the Bourne films' identity crisis motif it is a very different feature. Jason Bourne/David Webb was an adult who was engineered into some sort of super soldier by participating in a strange government behaviourist-psychological mind control experiment. Hanna is younger, ignorant of being a legacy of a similar project and living in the wilderness, there is no need to recover memories or resolve a crisis of identity. Instead the driving force in leaving the wilderness is a desire to experience life more fully and directly than what can be told from the sources available at hand to her and her mentor/watcher.

There are so many excellent themes in this film which are only partically touched upon due to time, pace and requirement to progress the plot onwards to its conclusion. They remain none the less excellent. For instance the interactions between Hanna as a socially isolated and consequently socially maladapted person with the precocious child of bohemian liberal parents. The scene where she is in awe of electric light and then overwhelmed by all the disturbing noise created by the TV, telephone, kettle and other mod cons in concert.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Iain on 26 July 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Excellent film. Anything with Cate Blanchett is a star cast, but the other actors are much more than support, it's a rich display of talent. The plot is ambitious, with speculation on how genetic modification to humans will turn out, specifically when sponsored and executed by security organisations and the military. But the focus is on what it means to be human and to have children. It's about love, trust, freedom and self-determination. It keeps up an edge-of-seat pace true to the thriller format. The horrific violence is perpetrated by trained killers, irrespective of "side" or motive. This reflects today's security vs terror and state-sponsored destruction, the implication is that it is likely to get devistatingly more sophisticated. The film poses some interesting questions on where our species is headed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ed Turner on 26 Mar 2014
Format: DVD
When I first read the plot for Hanna, I was sceptical about how well this movie would be able to compete with other action movies, as it didn't use a well known story or a star cast, but it was a pleasant surprise when I watched it. I would definitely recommend this film to someone who has watched all the well known action films, and wants to experience something that is a different genre all together.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Natasha French on 18 Mar 2014
Format: DVD
would recomend to lovers of adventure and conspiracy theorists unlike most run of the mill films saoirse is going to be a big star
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on 28 Feb 2014
Format: DVD
Story is about Hanna a young trained killer, exciting and fast, entertaining with good story line, keeps you watching, definitely recommended viewing
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mike Jeavons on 4 Jun 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Fab feature film, great opener and thrilling story-line. Superior sound and picture on the blu-ray. Saoirse Ronan is excellent and mesmeric as usual - You won't be disappointed - enjoyed by children and adults alike - Recommend 10/10
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