Premiering this weekend on HBO was last years action thriller, “Hanna”.
Directed by Joe Wright and starring Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana and Cate Blanchette, “Hanna” is the story of a very special young girl. Raised in isolation in the woods by her father (Bana), Hanna is trained in combat, languages, and survival skills.
Directed with style and scored with a wide variety of international music, “Hanna” is a captivating film. Perhaps the best way to describe it is art house meets action film.
Hanna and her father live in isolation in the snowy wilderness. Hunting for their food, they pass their days training… combat training, linguistics, memorizing facts. The day comes when Hanna’s training is complete, and she wishes to finally see the rest of the world. Her father, unable to deny her wishes, retrieves a homing beacon. He tells her she may turn it on when she’s ready, but when she does, there will be no turning back.
Of course, such a temptation is too much to resist.
Once she flips the switch, the trouble begins. Her father makes sure they have their cover stories straight, and then takes off into the wild. It turns out, he’s an ex-CIA operative. A fully fledged assassination team responds to the beacon. Hanna is captured…
Her skills prove too much for her captors however, and she escapes the holding facility she’s been put in. Whereupon she faces another daunting challenge: civilization. Being raised in the wilderness, Hanna has known no other human contact than her father. It’s left her remarkably unsocialized. Her head is full of facts and figures, and she’s fluent in several languages, but she has little idea how to relate to others.
And of course, her former captors are now in pursuit… Hanna, it turns out, is a special child.
This is a fantastic movie. Its got terrific performances and great action scenes. “Hanna” is also skillfully directed… Joe Wright utilizes a varied color pallette and fantastic editing. The look and feel of the film lend a propulsive energy to the story… It’s a kinetic movie, even without the action sequences.
A great story, excellent performances, cool action sequences and stylish directing all add up to a fantastic movie.