Sunday, July 17, 2011

“HANNA” Movie Review. BEWARE this sweet, angelic BABE. She KILLS.


If you are a ready fan of slick, stylish, fast-paced sleuthing adventures,

then this one rocks.

“HANNA” is a taut European-American action thriller, finely crafted and directed by JOE WRIGHT.

Splendid. It keeps you on edge.

Hanna Heller (Saoirse Ronan) is this tender looking 17-year-old girl who is brought up by her father, Erik Heller (Eric Bana) in the harsh hinterland of Finland.

You will be treated to a series of beautifully shot and composed sequences set in a remote and snowy vastness 60 miles below the Arctic Circle, courtesy of able cinematographer Alwin Kuchler.

Let not Hanna’s frail, innocent looks fool you.

She’s nobody’s lamb roast but actually a “Nikita” in persona.

Forget her angelic face as she is ever ready to spin a deathly trap.

Ever since she can barely walk, Hanna has been diligently trained by Erik to be a methodical assassin.

She is ignorant of the outside world, much less of the digital technology globe.

She smartly prepares an “assortment of logical answers” to use for verbal defense if ever she leaves her cocoon.

One fateful evening, Hanna informs Erik that she is ready to perform her mission, and he gives her a box containing an old transmitter that will alert the outside world to her presence.

After analyzing the situation, Hanna flips the switch, sending a signal of her location to Marissa Wiegler (Cate Blanchett) , a corrupt CIA agent.

When Hanna deliberately reveals their location, the father/daughter duo split up and agree to meet in Germany.

Cold-blooded Wiegler immediately dispatches a team to Erik’s cabin where Hanna has been waiting for them.

She is captured and taken to a CIA safe house in Morocco.

Thereupon Hanna discovers that Erik, the father who raised her was a former CIA agent who betrayed the agency, is assuming anonymity and am on the run.

Wiegler is out to silence him, whilst Erik in turn, has trained Hanna to kill Wiegler.

As pieces of the jig saw puzzle are joined together to form an answer, what follows is a cat-and-mouse game of twisted betrayals and bloody mayhem with the plucky gal fighting for her survival.

Everything is fast and furious – an awesome assembly of editing, plot line, shoot-outs and action amid an unusual funky soundtrack featuring the Chemical Brothers.

With these two women as the heart of the film, there’s a lot we can expect.

It’s a sight to behold, watching the older predator the and younger assassin battling it out in due measure, with first rate acting by the accomplished actresses Saoirse Ronan and the steely Cate Blanchett.

These women take centerstage, from the time the relentless chase begins, leading to a heart-stomping climax.

The film director Joe Wright is best known for his emotive works “Pride and Prejudice” and “Atonement”.

Now he exemplifies that he can handle numbing action with aplomb.


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