Film Review: Hanna

Directed by Joe Wright, Hanna follows the bright and inquisitive 16-year-old Hanna (Saoirse Ronan) has been brought up to have the strength and stamina of a soldier by her widowed father, Erik (Eric Bana), an ex-CIA man, in the wilds of North Finland. Hanna has been 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. But out in the world, there is unfinished business for Hanna’s family, and it is with a combination of pride and apprehension that Erik realizes his daughter can no longer be held back.


This is where my crush on Ronan really began. This is a very different character for Ronan but she gives an incredible performance nonetheless. Her acting is faultless and it is her character that really drags you into this film, though Blanchett is fantastic as well, and it is because of Ronan that you don’t want to stop watching this even for a second.

With an odd mix of genres, as Hanna experiences real life at the same time as being on the run, it’s surprising that this worked at all, with Wright directing a thriller altogether making me curious from the very start. But it really worked. As with all of his films, everything looks fantastic. It manages to be brutal without being too gory, and it manages to have a number of great action scenes without any unnecessarily big explosions or gun violence, each of which is accompanied by a brilliant score. All of this combined makes for one great film and is the reason that Wright is one of my favourite directors.

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