Rates: * * * 1/2
Why Did I Watch It? Saoirse Ronan as a child assassin? YES.
Hanna has been raised in a Siberian forest, in a remote cabin without electricity or running water. Her father, her only companion, has trained he to be a survivor; she has combat skills, survival skills, and can speak 17 (at least) languages. This unusual set up and preparation is in aid of one thing: Hanna’s father wants revenge on the ruthless CIA agent that years beforehand killed Hanna’s mother. And he is not leary about using his daughter to get the job done.
The great Saoirse Ronan lights up the screen in one of her earlier roles, and it is a blast watching her as a child super assassin. Far removed from the prestigous dramas that she stars in nowadays, it is no suprise that her brilliance is undiminished in a genre piece; she is just as compelling when dispatching villains, as she is inhabiting the literary creation of Louisa May Alcott. Saorise, aided here by a series of flamboyantly cool costumes, can do it ALL.
English director Joe Wright livens up the familiar story with a bouncy approach, and some great locations. The action swings from the snowbound tiga forest, to the stoney deserts and bazaars of Morroco, to the heritage listed streets of Germany.
And there are a couple fo terrific set pieces; Hanna escaping through the ventilation system of a CIA compound is like something out of Ridley Scott’s ‘Alien’, and a 360 degree showdown between Hanna’s father and a gaggle of henchman is a kineticly exciting fight sequence. Also love the location for the finale; a creepy-as-fuck abandoned amusement park, with a fairy tale theme. All the action is backed by UK dance legends The Chemical Brothers, who have contributed a BANGING score (their only one, to date).
A fast paced and fun action adventure, and a must for Saoirse acolytes.