“I’m ready. I am ready now.” She is ready to go into the real world for the first time, aware that the step puts herself and her father in danger.
That danger is CIA officer Marissa Wiegler (Cate Blanchett), who wants both Hanna (Saoirse Ronan) and Erik (Eric Bana) captured or dead. Why? That’s where the expected small twist comes in, naturally. Wiegler’s hunt also fuels the gunfire and chases which, while not as overwhelming as they would be in a summer blockbuster, are still entertaining, heightened by The Chemical Brothers’ electronic score.
Past the action, Hanna has elements of Grimm fairytales and a small hint of science-fiction. Director Joe Wright seems uninterested in locking the script, by first-timers Seth Lochhead and David Farr, into one particular genre. Wright, who tends to make movies the Academy would want on a ballet (Atonement, seven nods; The Soloist, zero, but he gave it a shot) may seem an odd choice to direct an action-fairytale, but he executes the story with a restraint that makes Hanna stay on task and better than it could have been.
Saoirse Ronan too deserves notice. She’s of the most capable and talented under-20 actresses out there, devoted to Hanna as much as she was Briony Tallis in Atonement, which got her an Oscar nomination. Earning accolades like that at 13 is far from an easy task--and so is outshining Cate Blanchett at any age.
Adapt or Die (13:15): In this featurette, director Wright, stars Saoise Ronan and Eric Bana, and stunt coordinator Jeff Imada discuss the craft behind the action, Hanna’s skills and Ronan’s training. Also included is on-set footage.
Central Intelligence Allegory (8:54): Themes, plot devices and the fairytale aspect are the topics handled in this piece, highlighted by interviews with Wright, Ronan, Bana, Cate Blanchett, Tom Hollander, and writer Seth Lochhead.
Chemical Reaction (6:06): British electronic group The Chemical Brothers’ soundtrack is discussed here in interviews with Wright, producer Leslie Holleran and Chemical Brothers Tom Rowland and Ed Simons. It’s not too often a movie’s score is given such attention on a Blu-ray, so it’s nice to see this great one focused on.
Anatomy of a Scene: The Escape from Camp G (3:10): This brief addition shows how an action sequence is developed from storyboard to fully edited scene.
The Wide World of Hanna (2:12) is a quick promotional piece with interview snippets and clips.
Also included are a Hanna Promo, Deleted Scenes (3:46) and an Alternate Ending (1:28).