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Award-winning director Joe Wright creates a boldly original suspense thriller with Hanna starring Academy Award-nominee Saoirse Ronan (The Lovely Bones Atonement) in the title role. 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.from£16.15 | RRP:
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Joe Wright directs this adventure thriller starring Saoirse Ronan, Cate Blanchett and Eric Bana. Raised deep in the Finnish wilderness by her ex-CIA agent father Erik (Bana), Hanna (Ronan) has been carefully trained throughout her childhood to become the perfect assassin. Now in her teens, she is finally judged by her father to be ready to be sent out on a mission, and she sets out across Europe to carry out her deadly assignment. On her trail is Marissa Wiegler (Blanchett), a ruthless intelligence agent with a few dark secrets of her own.
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Hanna - Triple Play (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy)majid alhaddad
When it comes to movies, I often wondered, do female characters make better leads than male characters?
Since the beginning, motion pictures were and still are mainly dominated by male characters while female characters were always there to provide moral/physical support to our main hero or be the damsels in distress for our hero to rescue. Yet once in a while, Hollywood churns out films that celebrate girls and their power. I remember back in the 90's it was Spice Girls who coined the term "Girl Power" and "Clueless" (film) was a game changer in the 90's of such movement.
Unlike chick flicks, a good Girl-Power movie focuses on a female character that starts off as someone who has no acceptance (social, physical, political, romantic, intellectual...etc.) and spends the entire duration of the movie trying gaining it and eventually finds herself in the process. There are many examples of these movies that truly were memorable for their strong female protagonists such as Alien/Aliens, Amelie, Erin Brockovich, Kill Bill, Thelma & Louise and Run Lola Run.etc. These movies feature abundance of character development and the struggle is more realistic and hence more believable. As a viewer, I really root for these characters to come victorious in the end. Today I would like to add another movie to this ever-growing list and that would be "Hanna".
When I first heard off Hanna, I immediately dismissed it as a rip-off of last year's sleeper hit Kick-ass as both of them share few similarities. Both feature a young female character trained by her father to become the perfect assassin to avenge her mother's death. Fortunately, that's exactly where the similarities end. "Hanna" is an altogether different beast.
Hanna is a topnotch thriller and the most "kick-ass" action event of the year. In a year flooded with prequels, sequels, remakes, re-imaginings and spin-offs, Hanna comes off extremely special and highly recommended even though it is not original.
When I first watched it, I truly fell in love with "Hanna" both the movie and the character. Hanna has something to say while offering a great deal of wit and fast paced storyline with visually impressive action set-pieces. I like how this movie balances contradictions. It is disturbing yet poetic, it is energetic yet calm, it is ruthless yet endearing, artistic yet highly entertaining and it is drawn like a fairy tale with shades of realism. Plus, it has one very satisfying ending but never answers any questions. I often hate open ending but here I felt it was very appropriate.
I will not indulge in the plot or the proceedings as I don't want to spoil the fun of watching this amazing movie. But I'll tell you this though; Hanna is about the journey of a young girl into something bewildering, a world she has no experience in despite having the knowledge of it. It is about a girl's discovery of her own self & identity. As a viewer this is one journey you certainly don't want to miss.
Directed with such precision by Joe Wright (Atonement) whose visual mastery is so evident throughout the movie, take for instance the opening sequences in the snow which are extremely breathtaking or the parking fist fight or the dockyard fight, not once you feel the action is staged, it is so gritty and well-choreographed with no shaky camera movements which results in more realistic and violent fantasy.
Hanna is blessed with some first-class performances. Saoirse Ronan is such a talented actress and brilliant as the titular character. Her portrayal of a cold-blooded assassin is mostly fitting as she is very cold, icy and devoid of emotions but there are occasions where she comes like a real human with varying feelings. Overall it is a very serious, raw and ferocious performance by Ronan.
The supporting cast couldn't be any less impressive. I truly believe Hanna will resurrect the career of Eric Bana (Hanna's father) who gives his most polished act yet. Casting Kate Blanchett as the ruthless antagonist was a risky move but pays off very well as she pulls it off with panache. Jason Flemyng and Olivia Williams do very well with their limited roles.
It is also worth noting that the soundtrack by the Chemical Brothers compliments the movie very well and adds extra layers to the action sequences.
Overall Hanna is a very cool action thriller that is flourished with visually stunning locales & landscapes and a grade A cast that excel in both the emotional and physical fronts. Highly Recommended
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