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Hanna (Saoirse Ronan) is 16 years old. She is bright, inquisitive, and a devoted daughter. Uniquely, she has the strength, the stamina, and the smarts of a soldier; these come from being raised by her... read more read more... widowed father Erik (Eric Bana), an ex-CIA man, in the wilds of North Finland. Erik has taught Hanna to hunt, put her through extreme self-defense workouts, and home-schooled her with only an encyclopedia and a book of fairy tales. 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. -- (C) Focus Features

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DVD Release Date: September 6, 2011

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  • fb100001050230219
    August 6, 2014
    The most underrated action film of the last decade.
  • January 2, 2014
    An exciting, action-packed and intelligent change of pace for director Joe Wright. None of the action is needless or mindless, the whole production feels very real and never does it feel in the least bit predictable. I thought the cast and their performances were really good too,... read more what's not to like about a Gay 1980's obsessed Tom Hollander with his two neo-Nazi henchmen? Saoirse Ronan is living up to the hype surrounding her.
  • December 31, 2013
    Mixing together the fetish details of fairy tales and the rogue Euro-friendly devices of action films, "Hanna" is a deceptively overdone genre of film that gives a few groans and a few shudders. The premise of the film is enticing, framing a young girl (Ronan), outlawed by societ... read morey and made to be a weapon of destruction by her father (Bana) in the German wilderness. She has no social queues, no indicators of normality, and also fights with complete loyalty towards her father. There's a larger conspiracy at work between her father and several secret government organizations. We only get a taste for what this conspiracy is, in the first twenty minutes of the film, which spurs the action and drives the characters intuitions. The face of the evil organization is Agent Marissa Heller (Blanchett) a mysterious woman who seems to have an unbreakable tie to Hanna and her father. She hunts them down, and we're not completely sure whether or not she really is the evil entity that Erik (Bana) supposes, until we're farther into the film. Instead of being a cat and mouse tete a tete, the film mostly follows Hanna as she adjusts to a wandering life, often co-mingling with an Australian family on holiday. Her interactions with the children and parents take up a large section of the film, and she rarely has to fight the gang of assassins that tail her. Near the end the events turn very whimsical, and that's where everything kind of melts down. The fantasy elements are intriguing: a prophetic, special girl, who looks very predatory and yet fairylike in appearance. A father who is overly protective and keeps her hidden in the woods. A pulse pounding soundtrack over all the action, and fantastical settings, including an abandoned park, serve to remind us of the underlying sentiments of the film. Ronan is amazing as Hanna, giving very little exposition, and yet portraying a feral young girl trying to cope with the instability of her situation. Blanchett is creepy in her role, malevolent as a Disney villain, and yet enjoys a complexity that never gets explained. Marissa Heller is the one part of the story that never gels. We're not sure if she cares for Hanna, or wants revenge, or even why she ultimately stalks her like prey. There's definitely a seedy element to her character that isn't covered by governmental status, and yet it ends with emotional dependence on the young girl. The ending feels stale and useless compared to the rest of the film, and that's because we're unsure of who Heller ultimately is. This film uses its elements effectively, and has a certain style and tone, but it doesn't have a very useful or interesting plot.
  • fb655609510
    May 21, 2013
    An outstanding, and fiercely directed "coming-of-age/revenge-flick", this little movie is, by far, the best one of the year. The action is so realistically choreographed that it would give big-budget action films a run for their money. The actors are in top form, but it is Ronan ... read morewho delivers the killing punch (Literally!).
  • October 3, 2012
    A retired spy who has trained his daughter in seclusion her entire life unleashes her upon the world to revenge herself upon the former handler who betrayed him and murdered her mother. It's the turn of teen photo love stories to be Bourne again in this girly-girl version of the ... read moreaction-spy movie. Hanna actually begins really strongly with some beautifully shot scenes set in an Arctic wilderness, but when Saoirse reaches the outside world it seems to become a teen travelogue featuring some awkwardly self conscious attempts at humour and a "my first kiss" soap opera. The whole tone of the film reminded me very much of a big budget kids' TV programme which does not sit well with some of the rather graphic violence that occurs at strategic intervals to remind us that we are not watching The Sarah Jane Adventures. This is not helped by the pumping pop soundtrack and supporting cast of wacky hitmen (the uber-camp, mascara smeared Tom Hollander in a lemon yellow tracksuit accompanied by two skinheads is particularly embarrassing) and even Cate Blanchett struggles with her drawling stereotype of a character. It's a shame really because it's actually a very promising idea, but the whole thing just falls apart under the weight of its own completely misjudged hotch-potch of incompatible ingredients.
  • August 6, 2012
    A decent action/thriller, a bit like a teen girl version of Bourne Identity, but not as good. Although it was better than Abduction, good cast and some well choreographed fight scenes.
  • July 31, 2012
    This average action thriller with tones of fairy tale features a stylish editing and an electrifying score, being particularly efficient in the exciting fighting and action scenes but not that interesting to show the character's adaptation in a world she only knew via an encyclop... read moreedia.
  • March 31, 2012

    "I just missed your heart". Well Hanna you certainly didn't miss mine. The premise of this relaxed thriller is primarily revenge but the film was strangely emotional and the slow pacing and largely suita... read moreble soundtrack just enhances it's overwhelmingly powerful ability to do so. It's that emotion that made me love this film. It's hard to make an action thriller and have a constantly fascinating lead character. This is all as a result of the superb acting by Saoirse Ronan with an absolutely perfect supporting cast. Eric Bana is flawless in all of his scenes on screen and honestly I can't think of anything negative about it. Hanna is highly remarkable and one of the best thriller's i've seen in a while. The action sequences are perfectly shot, the direction isn't flimsy and it thrills and engages the audience with absolute ease.
  • March 26, 2012
    Take an interesting twist on the well worn revenge action film, toss in some very artfull cinematics, a mesmerizing performance by Saorse Ronin in the title role; add a quirky yet effective turn by Cate Blanchett as the villain of the piece and you have... a film that still some... read morehow fails to equal the sum of its parts; though it's hard to say why I wasn't more absorbed into this film of a young girl trained almost since birth to be an assassin.

    Perhaps it's because the culture shock part of the film was overplayed - young Hanna, for all her skills (knowing all about a lot of things but having no practical experience with them - like electricity for example), is too often portrayed as a fish out of water, a overused theme that quickly becomes tiresome.

    The film starts well enough, giving you ample time to get the feel for Hanna's secluded life in rural Finland, being "homeschooled" by her father - though I had issues with his reading simple texts to her while she is able to speak a dozen languages. This is explained, sort of, when the CIA gets involved, but remained irksome.

    There is a backstory that I'm not going to reveal, only to say that the whole CIA black ops thing is really a poor motivation for the actions of agent Mirissa, played as an ice queen by Blanchett- though she is wonderful in the part.

    Perhaps it is all this murkiness that bothers me - falling back on the old CIA cover up for things they shouldn't have been playing with in the first place takes the viewer down a very familiar path, already done to death by Bourne and M.I. franchises. That this film has some really nice action sequences and some artsy fartsy film shots is all fine and well, but doesn't hide the fact that at it's core this film has been done hundred of times before. Too bad, as the director seems to have a firm handle on what is being presented, and the acting is solid... but the script, especially during the girl meets the real world segments, and the final action packed quarter of the film, could have certainly been tighter(though I have to admit the use of the quirky derelict amusement park was wonderful).

    I also found that the film's ending, echoing the beginning, was a bit over the top - as if the screen writer got this brilliant, last second idea that it would be really cool to have Hanna say the same words at the end that she says at the beginning - only problem is that it comes off very juvenile and let's your mind think "oh come on, you couldn't have come up with something better? How about "Hasta la vista, baby"? Yeah, maybe that'll sell in the heartland.
  • March 18, 2012
    It's pretty easy to tell that HANNA was written by two different people, because both writers had polar opposite interpretations of the mood. The fact that the film begins in the wilderness with the same tone as it does when it ends on an amusement park ride should immediately te... read morell you something about it. HANNA is thrilling altogether, but there seems to be hidden jumps between the more ingenious points and the silly points that are intended to get your heart racing.

    It seems, slowly but surely, we may officially have a new subgenre for spy movies. These are the ones that feature female secret agents. Two years ago, we had SALT, this year, HAYWIRE, and last year, we had HANNA. Let's hope that when women become cinematic spies more often, they model after Ronan's character here. Though the film may bear the certificate from the MPAA, let me warn you this is NOT a real PG-13 movie. The intensely, carefully, quickly assembled violence Saoirse Ronan puts on is quite brutal. Tied in with her vengeful attitude, it works out well--her character as well as the film in general.

Critic Reviews

Tom Huddleston
May 3, 2011
Tom Huddleston, Time Out

While the film as a whole may be episodic and wayward, and not always in a good way, the action scenes are uniformly sharp, inventive and gripping. Full Review

David Denby
April 25, 2011
David Denby, New Yorker

An entertainingly nutty action thriller from the director Joe Wright. Full Review

Kenneth Turan
April 11, 2011
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

Blessed with considerable virtues, including a clever concept, crackling filmmaking and a charismatic star, it ultimately squanders all of them, undone by an unfortunate lack of subtlety and restraint. Full Review

David Edelstein
April 11, 2011
David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture

What keeps us hooked is Ronan, a young actress of seemingly limitless abilities, and the tension she creates between Hanna's inhumanly agile body and quizzical eyes, which turn cold only when she pull... Full Review

Peter Rainer
April 9, 2011
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

This film is bound to give the home-schooling movement a bad name, unless, of course, you're running a home school for assassins. Full Review

Lisa Kennedy
April 8, 2011
Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post

"Hanna" plays out as a visceral fairy tale about a naif discovering a world both fascinating and dangerous. Full Review

Tom Long
April 8, 2011
Tom Long, Detroit News

Saoirse Ronan is a talented young actress who tends to be better than the movies she's in. And that tendency holds true with "Hanna," an unsteady thriller that staggers when it should sprint. Full Review

Stephen Whitty
April 8, 2011
Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

I gave up trying to keep track of the plot and wondered, Just what the hell is going on here? Full Review

Rick Groen
April 8, 2011
Rick Groen, Globe and Mail

Hanna is far from perfect but, courtesy of star Saoirse Ronan and director Joe Wright, it's one of those imperfect pictures that manages to command and hold our attention straight from the opening fra... Full Review

Joe Neumaier
April 8, 2011
Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News

The forced coming-of-age parable that filmmaker Joe Wright laces with fairy-tale symbolism is heavy-handed from the get-go. Full Review

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    • Isaacs: I like giving people what they want.
    • Rachel: I love the countryside. The city stifles me. Emotionally. Creatively. Spiritually. Places like this bring us closer to god.
    • Rachel: Well, not in any monotheistic sense. Buddha, Krishna, the 'God Within'. Whatever you believe in. What do you believe in, Hanna?
    • Sophie: Is 'kraut' an ethnic slur? Like 'queer' or 'lesbo'? I think I'd quite like to be a lesbian.
    • Hanna: Come and find me.
    • Moroccan Hotel Owner: Where do you come from?
    • Hanna: The forest.
    • Sebastian: So Hanna, is your mum and Dad still together?
    • Hanna: My mother is dead.
    • Sophie: [to Sebastian] Nice one, Dad.
    • Sebastian: I'm sorry to hear that. I lost my mum when I was very young, so...
    • Hanna: It's all right. It happened a long time ago.
    • Rachel: Hanna, what did your mum die of?
    • Hanna: Three bullets.

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