Hanna [DVD]

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Product Description Hanna has the plot of a Hollywood action blockbuster however the style of a European art movie–and this unholy hybrid is fascinating to Hanna (Saoirse Ronan, The Lovely Bones) has been raised by her father (Eric…

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Raised by her father (Eric Bana), an ex-CIA agent, within the wilds of Finland, Hanna’s upbringing and training have been one and the similar, all geared to making her the easiest assassin. The turning point in her adolescence is a sharp one. Sent into the world by her father on a mission, Hanna journeys stealthily across Europe, eluding agents dispatched after her by a ruthless intelligence operative with secrets of her own (Cate Blanchett). As she nears her ultimate target, Hanna faces startling revelations about her existence.

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Hanna has the plot of a Hollywood action blockbuster however the style of a European art movie–and this unholy hybrid is fascinating to watch. Hanna (Saoirse Ronan, The Lovely Bones) has been raised by her father (Eric Bana, Munich), an ex-covert agent, for one purpose: to murder the American agent, Marissa Wiegler (Cate Blanchett), who murdered Hanna’s mother. Hanna thinks she succeeds and escapes, but she’s if truth be told being followed by Wiegler, who will go to any lengths to exterminate the girl. Hanna could have been little more than a tween reboot of La Femme Nikita, but within the hands of director Joe Wright (Atonement, Pride & Prejudice) the movie spends as much time on Hanna’s budding relationship with a girl on holiday in Morocco as it does on Hanna’s capacity to kill. Even the action scenes have strange rhythms (and one violent sequence occurs in a long, sustained shot that allows you to make film geeks squeal with glee). Hanna is visually sumptuous, emotionally delicate, and completely unlike some other action flick you can see. The ending goes flat as disappointingly banal plot mechanics take hold, but up until then, Hanna combines genuine thrills, unexpected complexity of character, and an extraordinary electronica soundtrack into an enthralling film. –Bret Fetzer

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