Saturday, April 9, 2011

Hanna: Movie Review

Strong female independence, great action, and impressive filmmaking.

In her words, Hanna is trained to be independent. In our words, Hanna is trained to be something like a super killer. Wild animals, humans, it doesn't matter. She knows all the techniques. With intense action, character development, and inventive filmmaking, "Hanna" is super cool. 2011

Directed by: Joe Wright

Screenplay by: Seth Lochhead and David Farr

Starring: Saoise Ronan

Saoirse Ronan stars as the title character in Joe White's
adventure thriller HANNA, an Alliance Films' release.
Like a lot of recent action movies, "Hanna" centres on a teenage girl. Unlike all of them, "Hanna" is actually good. There is a real sense of reality to the spirit of the film where violence is mixed with an artistic visual and musical score. "Hanna" is completely out of this world, and yet well grounded, and that's what makes it great.

And did I mention that Hanna is just a girl? She's a smart girl, she's resourceful, alert, and inquisitive. The type of girl who can survive in the wild but perhaps not in the real world of teenage girls. The world that is filled with pop star fascination, sparkly clothes and makeup, and boys who want to kiss you. Luckily though, Hanna is very smart and strong.

"Hanna" represents the ultimate in female independence, and finally a successful merging of action and a character-heavy plot into something that almost seems poetic in its expansive telling on the big screen.
Best of 2011