'Hanna' directed by Joe Wright (Atonement) is the story of a teenage girl who goes out into the world for the first time and has to battle for her life.
Hanna, played by Academy Award nominee Saoirse Ronana of 'Atonement' is a 16 year old girl...bright, inquisitive and a devoted daughter. But she is far from your typical teenager...Hanna has the strength, the stamina and the smarts of a super solder.
Her widowed father. Erik (Eric Bana) is ex-CIA. The two of them live nestled away in the snow covered forests of Northern Finland. The only other living creature Hanna has ever seen are the wild elk she hunts. When she's not killing defenseless creatures, Hanna spends her days being put through extreme self-defense workouts by her father. He is after all, training her to become the 'perfect assassin'.
Eric also home-schools Hanna. But her education falls short. She only has two books...An Encyclopedia and a book of fairy tales. She yearns for more. Hanna wonders what music sounds like...
When Hanna decides it's time for her to leave her cozy little home and venture out into the real world, her dad...like most dads...is reluctant to let his little girl go. He tells Hanna she's not ready. She disagrees. Eric realizes that ultimately, it's Hanna's decision...Bye Bye Finland...Hello World!
Father and daughter go their separate ways, but make a plan to meet in Berlin. But before they can have a happy reunion, Hanna is captured by CIA agents, dispatched by a ruthless intelligence operative, Marissa Wiegler, played by the wonderful Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett. Marissa is a career agent, who flosses way too much and has long been harboring secrets that tie her to Hanna and Erik.
Detained for observation and held beneath the Moroccan desert, Hanna soon turns the tables on her captors. Hanna's daring escape throws her into an unfamiliar landscape and a world which she must quickly learn to comprehend and navigate.
As Marissa and a team of agents pursue her and her father across Europe, Hanna faces startling revelations about her existence and her own humanity.
Hanna is a stranger in a strange land. She is a girl who deep down just wants to be a normal teenager, but outside forces won't let her.
Watching Hanna's fascination with everything she sees in the world is one of the best parts of this film. One of my favorite scenes is when Hanna meets an eccentric English family on holiday. She immediately clicks with their daughter Sophia (Jessica Barden) and not only does Hanna makes her first friend but she goes out on her first date. Too bad she knocks the boy to the ground when he tries to kiss her.
Hanna is not only an action/thriller but the film has elements of a dark fairy tale and Marissa makes one killer Wicked Witch.
The 'Two Jews On Film' were pretty close on their bagel award, but for different reasons. John loved the breathtaking scenery...I loved the whole package.
'Hanna' opens in theaters, Friday, April 8, 2011