- Title Hanna
- Director Joe Wright
- Year 2011
- Run time 1hr 51m
- Genres Action, Thriller, Adventure
- Tagline Adapt or die
Raised by her father (Eric Bana of Star Trek), an ex-CIA man, in the wilds of Finland, Hanna’s 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 (Academy Award-winner Cate Blanchett). As she nears her ultimate target, Hanna faces startling revelations about her existence and unexpected questions about her humanity.
I must admit, this might not have fallen on to our viewing list except that iTunes was having a particularly barren week in terms of new films, and we needed something to remove the taste of The Blues Brothers from our mouths. It was an okay trailer, but didn’t grab us straight away, however, we were happy to sit and watch.
2:35 - Tough opening to a film. Animal lovers will not be impressed. 4:09 - What a place to live! Freezing cold snow, hunting to stay alive. 6:07 - “What does music feel like?” That’s a flippin’ good question. 15:43 - She wears terribly high heels. How do people walk in those? 16:42 - He has a habit of recruiting girls and training them up, eh? 17:31 - He seems to be walking through the snow in a suit. 19:22 - They look like stormtroopers in their white masks. 24:34 - Wow, she wields a gun well. She’s like a mini Bourne. 28:16 - That’s an awesome bunker they’ve got!! 33:26 - The desert must be quite a change from the depths of winter. 39:33 - The British love of tea is infamous in Morocco then. 42:21 - OMG, that’s Rev! 43:01 - “Why are you here, be concise?” I love it, what a great phrase. 53:38 - Isn’t she on a mission? No time for dilly-dallying with boys. 59:40 - That hair does not suit Cate. 1:01:17 - “I mean, you’re a freak and everything but I like you.” 1:06:10 - It’s never a good idea to go down in the subway when you are being chased. Surely everyone knows that? 1:13:07 - Rev is not very subtle. 1:15:46 - She promised! What a terrible friend! 1:21:59 - If people go into gingerbread houses, don’t they end up in the witches oven? 1:28:34 - Ooh, imagine never having seen a computer for. The internet would be so intimidating. 1:34:11 - Having done some running, I’m always impressed by those who do it well on camera. 1:43:13 - Down a bumpy slope with added arrow! Very ouch.
It got off to a slow start, I must say. There was a lot of snow, a lot of moments of the pair of them looking cold and fighting and heavy breathing and stuff. However, once it got going, once she pushed that button, it really picked up. I loved seeing her try and fit in, trying to understand the concept of electricity and remote controls. I loved her relationship with the other girl, too. Their “friendship” added another dimension. The overriding story, and the ending, was a bit less interesting, really, but it was so beautifully shot, it’s hard to complain.
Rating: 4 / 5