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Hanna
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09.14.2011 By: Mathew Plale
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Director:
Joe Wright

Actors:
Saoirse Ronan
Cate Blanchett
Eric Bana

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
After she decides she is "ready" for the real world, a teenager trained in martial arts and weaponry (Ronan) is sought by a CIA officer (Blanchett) who wants her and her father (Bana) captured.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Hanna has been in hiding her entire life. She lives in a remote forest cabin where her father, Erik (Eric Bana), has trained her in martial arts and taught her how to use every weapon she’d ever need. She is perfectly capable of killing both moose and man.

“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.
THE EXTRAS
Feature commentary with director Joe Wright: As he did with Atonement and The Soloist, Wright gives a very strong and complete track, offering a wealth of information on the making of Hanna, from development and story to technicalities and themes.

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).
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Joe Wright’s Hanna is a great blend of action and fairytale, made better than it needed to be by The Chemical Brothers’ score and Saoirse Ronan’s strong turn as the title character. Though the featurettes don’t live up to Wright’s commentary, Universal did such an incredible job on the video and audio that the Blu-ray is worth renting solely for that. Fans won’t be disappointed in this presentation.
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1:03PM on 09/15/2011

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Can someone please explain to me why I should like the character of Hanna? She knowingly puts her friend (and the friends family) in harm's way, and instead of taking the goons out, Hanna lets them live. Thus allowing said family to be killed. Not killing those henchmen does not make her human (or humane) but rather a heartless bitch that doesn't care for anyone. I have one more such example, but it involves major spoilers, so I shall not go into it.
Can someone please explain to me why I should like the character of Hanna? She knowingly puts her friend (and the friends family) in harm's way, and instead of taking the goons out, Hanna lets them live. Thus allowing said family to be killed. Not killing those henchmen does not make her human (or humane) but rather a heartless bitch that doesn't care for anyone. I have one more such example, but it involves major spoilers, so I shall not go into it.
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