Film review

HANNA

HANNA

Directed by Joe Wright
Starring Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana

Sixteen-year-old Hanna (Saoirse Ronan) lives with her father Erik (Eric Bana) in a cabin in an isolated, snow-covered forest.

A man with a past, Erik has raised Hanna as a sort of assassin-cum-super-soldier; soon she is loose in the world, where she attracts the unwanted attention of Cate Blanchett’s shadowy CIA operative Marissa Viegler.

Hanna marks an intriguing change of direction for Atonement director Joe Wright, who constructs a sleek modernist fantasy here – part junior Bourne, part Grimm Brothers fairy tale.

With her white hair, luminous skin and large blue eyes, Ronan resembles a feral forest sprite – an unusual teen-terminator.

While there are plenty of artfully constructed action sequences, Wright takes time to explore Hanna’s formative interactions with the real world. After all, this is a girl who can escape a maximum security CIA facility but has never seen an electric kettle before.

Michael Bonner

Opens May 6 // Cert 12A // 110 mins


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