Film Review: Hanna

Have only just finished watching this film, and I have to say, I was sincerely and very much impressed by it all.

First things first, Saoirse Ronan is probably one of the better actresses of her age. She has more skill and talent in bringing a character to life better than most well known actresses I can think of, some twice her age.

All this talent is apparent in her portrayal of Hanna, a girl raised by her father Erik Heller (nicely portrayed by Eric Bana, also proving his considerable worth in this film) in the wilds of the north to be an assassin. It starts off as brutal and intense, and keeps up this pace throughout the entirety of the film.

The supporting cast includes Jason Flemyng, Olivia Williams (looking a bit like Lena Headey in this), Tom Hollander, looking quite weird with blonde hair but also proving his range as an actor and course Cate Blanchett.
Ms Blanchett playing a psycho bad ass CIA agent is something else entirely and she does it with style.

The film is directed by Joe Wright and despite his more well known films, Pride and Prejudice, Atonement and The Soloist, he is the one keeping the action scenes well balanced with the more wordy ones and all well executed and in excellent quality.

And an excellent score by the Chemical Brothers, an amazing film all round.


  1. These two quotes come from other films where the violence is just as intense and messy.

    "Eddie Burton: [on radio] When are you guys gonna hit the vault? I'm freezing my tits off up here. Over.
    Guy Singer: In the Army, soldiers would pull on their puds to keep the blood flowing.
    Eddie Burton: [on radio] What regiment were you in? The Royal Corps of Wankers?
    Guy Singer: Yes, we welcome new members."

    "Lucian: Were you not afraid of them?
    Raze: Yes, but I wanted to live.
    Lucian: Are you afraid of me?
    Raze: Yes.
    Lucian: Well do not be. I will not bite... much."


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