Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Film Review: Hanna

Rating: 4.2/10 - Forgettable

After watching this film I couldn't believe that it's directed by the same Joe Wright who made Pride And Prejudice and Atonement. Hanna is definitely not as good as those two films but just how bad is it? See the full review after the jump.

Director: Joe Wright. Screenplay: David Farr and Seth Lochhead. Producers: Marty Adelstein, Leslie Holleran and Scott Nemes. Executive Producer: Barbara A. Hall. Cinematographer: Alwin H. Kuchler. Editor: Paul Tothill. Score: The Chemical Brothers. Distributor: Focus Features. Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana, Tom Hollander, Olivia Williams, Jason Flemyng and Cate Blanchett. Age Restriction: 13V. Running Time: 111 Minutes.

Hanna Heller (Saoirse Ronan) is a young girl living with her father Erik Heller (Eric Bana) somewhere in the frozen forests of Finland. They live what seems to be a very basic, rural lifestyle save for the fact that they're both extremely good hunters and are experts in lethal hand-to-hand combat. In fact most of their days and nights are spent pretty much beating the living daylights out of each other even though they still love each other. How sweet. What is made fairly obvious from the beginning is that all this brutality is training for a mission that they will undertake one day when Hanna feels ready and strong enough to complete it. Eventually the time comes when she feels ready and now the mission begins and the film ends...

Well, not really. But I honestly wouldn't mind if it ended at that point because the rest of it is an uninspired waste of time.

If you've read enough of my reviews you will know by now that apart from poor pacing, one of my pet hates in film is 2nd and/or 3rd act collapses and sadly they both happen far too often for my liking. If a film is rubbish from the get-go then at least we as the audience know what to expect from it and therefore there'll be no unreaslistically high expectations from our side. But, when it starts off brilliantly, only to fall flat in the 2nd and 3rd acts then you can't help but feel mislead and that's how I feel about Hanna.

The story is generic. The acting is passable and at times laughable. The "action" scenes are nothing to write home about. The big reveal at the end is nothing to write home about. Overall, the film itself is nothing to write home about. End of story.

Verdict: Hanna is a forgettable entry in the fugitive hitman genre that is neither as thrilling as the Bourne films nor as action packed as the Luc Besson films it tries so hard to emulate.

Hannah is out in cinemas now.

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