Guest Author - Jamise Grace Liddell
Director: Joe Wright
Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Cate Blanchett and Eric Bana
Runtime: 111 minutes
Studio: Focus Features
Chock full of girl power action and socially inept innocence, Hanna played by Saoirse Ronan is a mildly robotic walking, talking, murdering action figure. The film is “art in action.” The trailer for Hanna features a supposedly 16 year- old (she looked like she was 11 years- old) who was learning to survive in the wild with the guidance of Erik (Eric Bana) her dad. Ah, but those trailers are sneaky aren’t they? This promotional snippet did not prepare me for this unusual action film which seems initially to take place in the woods in the middle of no where and transition to the big city. A man and his child living off the fat of the land and enjoying a rigorous and ambitious home schooling exercise. Little Hanna can speak every language known to man, hunt and dress her kill. Talk about little darlings.
Father and daughter speak often of “ being ready”, and letting daddy know when Hannah is ready, but contextually you are never sure what exactly they are talking about. In fact, it takes most of the movie, okay, almost until the end to figure out why all of these lethal looking thugs and a sinister Federal agent named Marissa (Cate Blanchett) are chasing Hanna and her father. Who, after leaving the woods separate and fend for themselves. Then once the secret is finally revealed, you wonder if it was worth the wait, sitting through all of that music by The Chemical Brothers. I need aspirin just thinking about it, but more on that later.
While Hanna watches like a regular action film, at several points during the film the techno pop music soundtrack, brought to us by The Chemical Brothers, takes the film over, becomes a main character and gives me a headache.
If a star must be born from the production camp of the film Hanna, the normally innovation and techno pop cool, The Chemical Brothers need to step aside and allow Cinematographer Alwin H. Kuchler to receive major kudos for capturing such crisp, succulent scenes which makes Hanna a visual feast, and captured the most interesting artsy shots, at one point Hanna runs for her life by running on top of a series of Swan peddle boat rides, what a cool shot. Unfortunately, like a jealous sibling, the obnoxious sound track tries to steal the attention from that scene as well.
In all Hanna was worth the Redbox rental, and since the dialogue if minimal at best, the movie might be best viewed with the sound turned off.