17 March, 2012

Hanna



Hints of Run Lola Run and even Kill Bill and part Leon, Hanna at times feels like a disjointed techno music video. It's edgy with sharp edits, and although the acting by the title character, played by Saoirse Ronan, is impressive, the film doesn't have enough depth to carry on convincingly till the end. With stars like Eric Bana and the deliciously evil and fun Cate Blanchett there is enough performance backing which unfortunately gets undermined by the shallow storyline.

Hanna is the story about an assassin (Bana) on the run who having raised and trained his daughter (Ronan) in the wilderness, away from society, returns to the city on her insistence. Both father and daughter go their separate ways, with predetermined agendas. What follows is total carnage as both go about on their respective missions, trying to take control of their past which holds many secrets.

The one good aspect about the film is that it doesn't drag. It ends as abruptly, yet aptly, as it starts. It concludes itself just in time, before the audience begins to get fidgety. The action sequences on the other hand were disappointing. They felt practiced and lacked authenticity. The supporting characters do have interesting traits to them, and while some don't get enough screen time, they still manage to leave a positive mark.

I would categorize Hanna as a film that has an independent feel to it and is experimental at times. For this it deserves credit. Had the story been a tad stronger, it would have made a much better impact.  

Rating 3/5 Stars 
    

8 comments:

  1. I'm with you on this one. I liked it, but didn't love it. I was a little disappointed by Blanchett, who just seemed to be phoning in her role. (Which fits in nicely with the picture you chose for her.)

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    1. You are right Chip. The film isn't memorable at all.

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  2. I loved Hanna. Saoirse Ronan is such a great little actress, and the soundtrack was so badass.

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    1. I agree Ronan acted well, but the story was a dissapointment. Thanks

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  3. A good movie...Saoirse Ronan was ok but I would say Eric Bana did his best.

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    1. I'm not too sure about that. I think he did well, nothing extraordinary. Thanks for commenting.

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  4. You forgot to mention the soundtrack, which was catered by the "The Chemical Romance". That element contributed greatly on what you called earlier as "Independent".

    Although the film doesn't have a solid story line, I liked the film. It's good to see films like this, not much plot-oriented but still can give a wonderful evening night.

    BTW, how could you say that the fight scenes were "lacked authenticity"?

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    1. I did forget to mention the soundtrack. It's mostly tecno which I like but it seemed a bit out of place at times, almost forced, so yes it plays an important part in the film but not one that has a great impact.

      The fight sequences, especially with Bana if you notice are very "slow" as if they are performing something rehearsed. That's why I did not appreciate them much.

      The film in totality is experimental but nothing new and is certainly not memorable.

      Thanks

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