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Hanna

by

Jeff Nelson

I didn't find the film to be anything groundbreaking, but it managed to keep me entertained.

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The trailer of Hanna comes off as very odd. When I originally viewed the preview, it didn't peak my interest very much. In fact, I essentially ignored it through its theatrical release. Once it came out on Blu-Ray/DVD, I decided to give it a rent. Those who I have spoke to were correct with the fact that the film certainly splits audiences. I suppose the saying that one person's trash is another's treasure holds true for Hanna.

Hanna is a teenager raised and trained by her father, an ex-CIA operative, to become a highly skilled assassin. When she's sent on a deadly mission across Europe, Hanna takes to an English family and starts longing for a normal life. She must first solve the puzzle of her mysterious past. The plot itself isn't the most original, not to mention the fact that it moves along a bit sluggish at times. However, the action is exciting and entertaining even though audiences won't find themselves very emotionally invested in the characters. The dialogue is suitable, but the storyline events are predictable and cliché enough to call each one of them. Even though the story could have turned out much worse, but it has its moments where it shines.

One of the greatest aspects of Hanna is definitely the acting. Saoirse Ronan performs as Hanna and captures the role quite well. She has proven her talent before and once again immerses herself in the character. Eric Bana plays her father Erik and doesn't shine as bright as Ronan, but does a good job. Cate Blanchett is a great antagonist as Marissa. Even though she isn't the most likable character, the performance itself delivers. There aren't any poor representations to be seen in Hanna.

As previously stated, the action sequences are thrilling. The chase scenes are shot very well. Watching Hanna and her father fighting off those trying to capture them makes for quite a few fun fights. Those who own a home theater system will highly enjoy the assault on the ears featured on the Blu-Ray. It's not only loud, but clear. The dialogue is never difficult to hear and the bass shakes the floorboards. The surround speakers are constantly active and successfully immerses you into the action. Hanna definitely delivers in the technical department.

Even after some good buzz about Hanna, I wasn't completely convinced. The biggest reason I decided to see the film is the cast and they didn't disappoint. Unfortunately, the story failed to impress me and wasn't able to bring me into the plot. There are moments where the film drags, but the action sequences make up for these slow times. Hanna is definitely going to split audiences. I didn't find the film to be anything groundbreaking, but it managed to keep me entertained.

My Rating = Three Stars

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