90 / 365 – ‘Hanna’ – 111 mins
Cinema Challenge #37 / 115
Hanna (Saoirse Ronan) is a teenage girl. Uniquely, she has the strength, the stamina, and the smarts of a soldier; these come from being raised by her father (Eric Bana), an ex-CIA man, in the wilds of Finland. 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. 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 (Cate Blanchett). As she nears her ultimate target, Hanna faces startling revelations about her existence and unexpected questions about her humanity
From his previous offerings of quintessential British period dramas ‘Pride & Prejudice‘ and ‘Atonement’ it is clearly apparent from this latest offering of ‘Hanna’ director Joe Wright isn’t afraid to diversify in different departures in his career, as he creatively experiments in this mix of steely spy thriller meets coming-of-age tale, sprinkled with some highly amusing comedy, Rachel: “What did your mother die of?” Hanna: “Three bullets.”
On show are some quirky and well crafted characters; the camp and warped hired assassin, Isaac, Marissa the CIA agent with an agenda of her own to which Blanchett, draws a deep Southern accent to make Marissa an icy and wicked villainess. But Saoirse Ronan totally steals the show as the titular character and from her previous roles in ‘Atonement’ and ‘The Lovely Bones’ she proves here yet again she’s an acting force to be reckoned with, taking on a role that demands a vast array of emotions as well as physical prowess – where she pulls them all off effortlessly way beyond her tender 16-years of age.
Wright makes strong choices throughout, cutting back and forth between natural settings and starkly contrasting modern tones, where this cat-and-mouse ride is driven forward by a pumping Chemical Brothers soundtrack to make Hanna an exhilarating watch.