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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 28 February 2014
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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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 25 January 2012
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.

The villains are convincely evil, each one in their own way exemplifies as certain kind of sado-masochistic character, from the agency woman who brushes her teeth until they bleed, to the skin heads and malignantly perverse tracker killer (who with his retro track suit appearence and skin head cohorts has a sort of seventies or eighties villainy quality about him) who are employed to trail Hanna.

The acting is done well, the soundtrack and accompaniment is fantastic also, the Chemical Brothers really have provided the perfect sound for the dystopic near future the characters inhabit.

If you liked the Bourne films I would recommend this, I would recommend it as perhaps better infact than the Bourne movies (although the Bourne books were better than their film adaptations).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Someone's been training their bairn up in the tundra to be a ninja. The reason for this obsessive behaviour becomes slowly explained as the film proceeds via a trail of tortured bodies involving the US authorities, the ninjette herself and a group of German nasties (a capable version of the Nihilists in The Big Lebowski). At times veering into almost 1960s Avengers' surrealism the film stutters through some plot gaps (our heroine is trained in the frozen forest but at home in the desert - hmn...) and then falls into a long series of long chases. At least it has a better plot than Lucy (to which it bears a strange resemblance).
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“Hanna” is a fun watch. It’s got a strong cast, and a strong sense of style- some of the cinematography is particularly good. However the overall result is competent and watchable, but falls well short of amazing. It certainly isn’t “boldly original” like it currently says in the product description.

Cate Blanchett and Tom Hollander are fantastic as the bad guys. Saoirse Ronan and Eric Bana are clearly good actors too, but they’ve got a lot less to go on- they’ve clearly been directed to be impassive and emotionally detached, but the end result ends up feeling more wooden and feeling-less.

The Chemical Brothers job on the soundtrack is competent but not outstanding too. The Chems are clearly more at home doing adrenaline-driven music for the chase scenes (and a large part of this movie is just one extended chase scene)- on the more emotional moments, the music is strangely absent.

One particular plus for me was the long single-take shot where Eric Bana walks through a Berlin bus station, across a plaza, and down into a subway, where he proceeds to be surrounded by and then fight a group of thugs who we see have been following him, though we know he hadn’t seen them- unless I blinked it’s all done as one single long take, which is very nicely crafted and deserves a special motion.

The Blu-ray is packed with extra features, though none of them are especially captivating; you get only a couple of deleted scenes (nothing worth raving about) and the usual set of behind-the-scenes in which everybody praises everybody else for how hard they worked and you don’t actually find out anything.

So while you won’t find a lot of people raving about Hanna as anything outstanding, it is definitely a competent and well-made action movie that, if you’re a fan of Bournes or Bonds, you’ll definitely get something out of.
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Sometimes, I’ll watch a film and not really like it. Then, over time, for one reason or another I’ll start thinking about it and decide to view it again. Quite often, a second viewing can make all the difference and I’ll end up liking the film. However, I kind of did the opposite with ‘Hanna.’ I’ve just watched it for a second time (having quite enjoyed it the first time round and therefore buying it on DVD) and it’s kind of left me a little hollow.

Yes, I know it was never meant to be a great Oscar-worthy work of art. I’m quite happy to sit through ‘no-brainer’ action flicks which are there only to entertain. And, although that does – kind of – apply to Hanna, I thought there was more to it originally.

The titular ‘Hanna’ is a genetically-engineered super-kid who’s been spirited away from her CIA creators and raised as ‘the perfect assassin’ by her – equally skilled – father. Then, one day he decides they should go and kill the people responsible for creating her. You don’t really find out why. Maybe because she’s just turned 16?

So her dad (Eric Bana) just wanders off and agrees to meet her somewhere in Europe. Hanna gets captured (or allows herself to get captured) so that she can escape. Then the film is basically a sixteen-year-old girl killing one wave of CIA hitmen after the next.

Yes, it’s quite nicely shot, but there are times when you really have to suspend your disbelief to get anything out of it. I can buy that – technically – this film is *almost* sci-fi, what with Hanna’s ‘genetically-engineered’ heritage, so you have to accept that she can do things that no real human ever could. However, she’s still just a killer in a thin, sixteen year old girl’s body, which makes it a little unbelievable sometimes.

Plus she’s not that easy to root for. She murders everything that moves and displays little emotion because of it (just like every other character in the film!). Yes, there’s some character development as she tries to become friends and lead a ‘normal’ life over her ‘destiny,’ but she’s still a little robotic to truly be ‘liked.’

On my second viewing, I didn’t hate the film. I may well watch it again in a few years time, but I just didn’t really feel as forgiving to its flaws as I obviously did the first time around. If you want to totally suspend your disbelief and watch a pretty little ‘chase’ film set in Europe, you could give this a go. The ‘Taken’ films aren’t as pretty, but even they’re more believable!
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 14 March 2012
Hanna is an action/thriller movie, it follows the young teenager of the title, Hanna (Saoirse Ronan -The Lovely Bones) who has been brought up by her father Erik (Eric Bana -Star Trek) in the wilderness of Europe. And which is very apparent early on, he has trained her to be some kind of super assassin, and has been doing so all her life for a specific moment, a moment that has now arrived, and she is ready to face what he has been training her for. To hunt down & kill Marissa (Cate Blanchett -The Lord of the Rings), a CIA agent who wants nothing more than to wipe them off the face of the Earth, but why ?!

Overall I was quite excited by the premise of this film, and it didn't disappoint with the action sequences when they turned up, however it was just too slow & pedestrian to get there. The story was intriguing, yet i didn't find the execution very enjoyable to watch after the first 30 minutes or so, as Hanna goes on a journey across Europe, in some British holiday makers camper van. Her personal discovery of the World after being in the wilderness all her life was interesting, a bit Milla Jovovich in the Fifth Element in a way, as it turned into a coming of age flick half way through.

The acting was good overall, Blanchett's mentally on the edge CIA agent was a highlight, Bana was solid. Saoirse Ronan was very impressive in her role as the the baby faced assassin, who looked experienced beyond her years & assured in the action sequences, and seamlessly went from a killer to a little girl in awe of her new surroundings coming into contact with the World for the first time, while having that flaw of naivety to the World around her & how things work.

In conclusion, Hanna is an okay action film in places when it's not a coming of age drama, but for my tastes it was just too pedestrian for it to grab my interest enough throughout. Worth a watch.
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Hanna is the story of our eponymous girl (Saoirse Ronan), raised in the woods by her father. She has been taught physical combat, hunting, self-defence and a series of cover-stories from an early age and is proficient in several european languages already. It's clear that she is being fashioned into something formidable by her father Erik Heller (Eric Bana - Star Trek XI) but she doesn't know the details.

After insisting she is 'ready' her father lets her trip the switch on a transponder that alerts CIA agent Marissa Wiegler (Cate Blanchett) to her whereabouts and the chase begins. Will Hanna uncover the secrets of her past before Wiegler catches upto her? Will she have her revenge?

Hanna is fantastically well filmed, it starts as a Leon-stlye training of a young girl becoming an assassin, but although it has it's ultraviolence moments, it steers clear of the regular clichés and focusses on Hannas development as a person more than as an assassin. Having never socialised, she is remarkably naive, fascinated by electricity, television and romance. It is this human touch that makes this a coming-of-age film rather than a gung-ho action film. Cate Blanchett's character is rather sterile and predictable but Ronan & Bana provide truly believable renditions of the characters. The music is fantastic too, the action sequences have an electrifying accompaniment whilst the slower forest scenes have slower melodies of the same quality; all this on top of great direction from Joe Wright.

Extra content: There is the usual Director's Commentary with Joe Wright, an alternative ending, a couple of deleted scenes and a featurette call "Anatomy of a Scene: The Escape from Camp G" which is interesting seeing how they got some of the more innovative shots, but really nothing that unique.

All in all, a great film with snappy direction and a great soundtrack. Let down slightly by the ending, but definitely worth a watch!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 26 March 2014
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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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 14 September 2014
This had been on my "want to see" list for some time, although I am not entirely sure why given that I am not a huge fan of action films. I finally decided to purchase the DVD and, by and large, enjoyed it and worked out why I wanted to see it. Although there is plenty of action, there is a lot of suspense and has an interesting back story. The fact that the film title is simply the lead character's name gives it an air of mystery.

I thought it did get off to a slowish start but once it got going, then it really got going. I thought the camera work did a great job in creating suspense and tension at the right times. I liked seeing Hanna try to adapt outside of her 'world' as it gave an idea of just how sheltered she had been and gave another side to her. I liked how there was a background story to this, so it was not all action. The cast were pretty good in this. Without giving too much away, I liked the fact that it all came full circle at the end.

An interesting film that I see myself watching from time to time. It is the sort of story that I like to read about and it was good to see something I would read on the small screen. For me, it was probably a good introduction into the action genre and appears to be original too.
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