Hanna (2011), a Deadly Combination of Young, Cute and Lethal
Director Joe Wright sets the pace for the screenplay by Seth Lockhead and David Farr in Hanna, a fast action thriller that is uniquely different and a gem of an indie film.
The 2011 British-German action thriller stars Saoirse Ronan (The Lovely Bones), Eric Bana (The Hulk), Tom Hollander, Olivia Williams, Jason Flemyng, Jessica Barden and Cate Blanchett (Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull).
The film begins with a brunt introduction to Hanna (Ronan) as she hunts down a deer and is attacked by a mystery man who we later find out is her father Erik (Bana) who is teaching her basic survival skills as a warrior.
He is preparing her for when she encounters the mysterious and deadly Marissa (Blanchett) – the reason become apparent throughout the film.
I really enjoyed the action and the fight scenes and Ronan and Bana make an amazing father and daughter team. Their relationship portrays a ‘tough love’ relationship as seen in the harsh training Hanna receives from her father. However, he literally put his life on the line for her when she needs him.
Cate Blanchett also makes a believable villain.
Cate’s character is a remarkable likeness of her other famous villainous role in Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull. The hairstyle and appearance is almost identical you get the inkling that maybe her character in Indiana was transported through time and space to become this character. Anyway, don’t dwell on it too much as it may cause confusion; which is precisely what you may get if you don’t concentrate.
The timeline in this film is a bit confusing. There is no single pattern of events and the scenes switch between time and location like the blades of a ceiling fan. However, if you are able to keep up without tangling your thoughts then this is definitely a must see.