Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
The Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana
The Buzz: Hanna features a film score from an unlikely source: The Chemical Brothers.
The Story: Hanna, a sixteen year old girl has been trained and raised by ex-CIA agent Erik Heller (Bana) in obscurity all her life. Armed with deadly assassin skills, she has been trained to kill Marissa Wielgler (Blanchett) a corrupt agent with secrets of her own, who is pursuing Erik.
inSing says: Hanna isn't just a revenge flick per se; it's also a spy thriller, a fairy tale and a kick ass action movie all rolled into one. It changes gears spectacularly well, moving from one aspect to another without a hitch. We see everything from the purest of friendships being formed by an innocent Hanna and her new found friend to a killing machine-esque Hanna violently dispatching her pursuers. Remarkably, the film's cinematography shifts just as well, moving from vast beautiful landscapes and dreamlike introspective moments to gritty fast paced action sequences with ease. The vast amount of colours covered is pretty amazing, ranging from the tundra, desert to graffiti filled urban cities. The deep thumping electro-funk score also shines when paired with these visuals and is also probably one of the more unexpected yet strangely suitable sound track choices for eluding and killing pursuers. With great editing work as well (transitions really shine in this film), Hanna is one of the most complete films out there this year in terms of production values with picture, sound and story in complete sync.
If that wasn't enough, the performances from the cast are just the icing on the cake. Ronan lends a childlike wonder to the title role as a fish out of water, but becomes a ruthless killing machine just as quickly while her dry robotic like behaviour lends the film a quirky dry wit. Eric Bana handles his role with grace; his mannerisms almost let you on his notion that he is part of something bigger right from the start. He also re-affirms his reputation as the baddest man on the planet. But the highlight is watching Cate Blanchett turn in a devilish performance as a downright ruthless tormentor who will do anything to not let secrets fall into the wrong hands.
Although the story does take off pretty slowly, it almost immediately becomes a cat and mouse game thriller between Hanna, Marissa and Erik. If you're reading this and you appreciate a good film that does everything right, go book your tickets now. Don't let Hanna become the best film that nobody has seen this year. It's a spectacular ride that will fill all your sense with wide eyed intrigue for 110 minutes. Hanna will leave you gasping, laughing, ooh-ing and aah-ing and might just even have you thinking about everything from morality issues to existentialism.