Date watched: Thursday 17th November 2016
Year released: 2011
First time watching?: No
From IMDb: “A sixteen-year-old girl who was raised by her father to be the perfect assassin is dispatched on a mission across Europe, tracked by a ruthless intelligence agent and her operatives.”
“Hanna” is one of those movies that is difficult to categorise. I first saw it in the cinema back when it was released, and honestly I think that’s the only other time I’ver ever watched it. It tells the story of Hanna, who is trained by her father to become the perfect assassin, but once she ventures out into the world on her own, it turns into this kind of coming of age story where she discovered she’s been lied to her whole life, and everything she knew and trained for is turned on it’s head.
I do adore Saoirse Ronan. She has this wonderful ability to be both hard as nails but completely innocent all at the same time, and she carries the film really well. She certainly holds her own in this movie against well known actors such as Eric Bana and Cate Blanchett.
The film is really well shot, as we experience the world through Hanna’s eyes as she witnesses everything for the first time. I particularly like how her introduction in the movie, as well as the closing scene are wonderful mirrors or each other.
While not the most groundbreaking movie ever, the pacing is reasonable; there are only a few moments where it drops. It was marketed upon release as an action movie, but I wouldn’t mark it as that necessarily, despite the fact that Hanna has been trained as an assassin. I’d maybe say it’s more of a coming of age movie, with Hanna finding out who she is and where she’s come from. Not the best film I’ve ever watched, but enjoyable enough to keep me watching 🙂
My rating: 6.5/10