Hanna

(2011)

Genres: Action, Adventure, Thriller

Review: Hanna

Transcript for Review: Hanna

CHRISTY LEMIRE:
Next up is "Hanna," about a blond-haired, blue-eyed, 16-year-old killing machine.  Saoirse Ronan stars as the title character, a girl living with her father, played by Eric Bana, in a remote and unforgiving forest just below the Arctic Circle. He teaches her to hunt, fight, and speak in various languages. But who she is and what he's training her for are a tantalizing mystery.

Clip 2 -- I'll see you there

CHRISTY:
Turns out her father is a former CIA man, and the two have been living in isolation for most of her life. Once he leaves her, she must embark on the journey of revenge that is her destiny. Hanna is captured by government agents who think she's a shy and sheltered little girl. But, uh ... they're wrong. 

Clip 4 -- Psych evaluation

CHRISTY:
Cate Blanchett is coldly devious in a way that's almost over the top as the veteran agent who's on the hunt for Hanna and has a vested interest in keeping her alive. 

Clip 5 -- Safari Club

CHRISTY:
"Hanna" is the bad-ass girl-power movie that "Sucker Punch" wanted to be -- or at least should have wanted to be.  But at its core, this is actually a coming-of age drama, and the fact that you have such great performances from such a strong cast makes you care whether these people live or die. Thumb’s upfor me.

IGNATIY VISHNEVETSKY:
No it doesn’t.

CHRISTY:
You don’t care at all, she can die for al you care…that’s really cold.

IGNATIY:
She can die for all I care.  Theyr’e really aren’t characters for this movie.  There’s just a lot of sounds and camera movements and that is absolutely fine. This movie…

CHRISTY:
But did you actually have fun with the sounds and camera movements? No?

IGNATIY:
Not always.  It’s dumber than a bag of hammers and that, that can be something good.  Here’s what I think is the problem.  I think Joe Wright, he knows how to execute a camera movement.  He knows about depth of field.  He know sall of this technical stuff.  I don’t think he knows how to use it.  I think what he is, is like a very good craftsman. A good builder.  He knows how to you know make a door, make a wall, but a direcor isn’t supposed to be that.  A director is supposed to be an architect and so I feel iike here, the parts of the film, like say, that long steady-cam shot where Eric Bana fights all these…

CHRISTY:
Half dozen guys all on his own.

IGNATIY:
Fights half a dozen guys…those parts are actually more impressive than the whole.  To me the film just didn’t fit together.  It doesn’t really come together to make an action film.

CHRISTY:
Now something like the tracking shot though, may seem show-offy, cause haha he can do it, but it’s in the service of creating suspense.

IGNATIY:
I don’t think it’s in the service…

CHRISTY:
Oh completely and the fights themselves don’t have all that jerky cam stuff going on.  He has faith in his actors and the choreography and lets these things play out and that works out for the entire whole.

IGNATIY:
I don’t think so.  I think this is technique in the service of nothing.

CHRISTY:
Wow.  Cate Blanchett runs in Prada heels. Isn’t that impressive?