Wednesday, March 30, 2011


Not a lot is known about the movie "Hanna" as the previews purposely leave things ambiguous. This might not be intentional as the plot seems to be lacking as well. I feel that the writer knew where they wanted to start and finish the story and decided to add filler with some chases and fighting. This is all a shame, because the director (Joe Wright) has been involved with some very nice films in his young career. Hanna (Saorise Ronan) is a teenage version of The Bride from "Kill Bill" and you can see the Quentin Tarantino influence heavily scattered through this Euro travel guide version. Saorise Ronan is still just a rising star; she is stiff and acts with very little emotion. I really want to see her do well, which is why this movie frustrated me so much. If they took just a glimpse at the Lisbeth Salander character portrayed by Noomi Rapace in "The Girl ..." they would see that the story could have so many more levels to it. Sure the character of Hanna is supposed to be innocent and pure by being raised in the middle of nowhere, but do you have to shove it down our throats with the lack of knowledge about electricity but then provide her with the ability to surf the internet? Cate Blanchett (Marissa) as the CIA agent behind the cover-up didn't exactly help the movie with their acting. I expect a lot more from someone that has been nominated for an Academy Award four times and won once. Her accent came and went from being midwestern to southern to whatever else she tried. Eric Banna (Erik) as the father and former CIA agent was extremely forgettable. I don't usually expect much from him, but even he can do better. There are cameos from Jason Flemyng and Olivia Williams go completely wasted. Their story was actually more interesting than the one of Hanna. I would have rather seen a movie about a young family taking a caravan adventure across Europe to experience life at its most purest of moments than watch Hanna stumble through a chase scene again (seriously it was like she ran in a circle sometimes).

Somehow the movie finds a way to set itself up for a sequel, and while the studios might let it happen there will be one less viewer in the audience (unless it is free). It is only worthy of 2 Quacks and I would like to see others challenge me on this one.

(screening date 3/30/11, release date 4/8/11, location Landmark E Street Cinema)

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