Thursday, November 3, 2011


Hanna Heller (Saoirse Ronan) is a 16-year-old girl who lives with her father, Erik Heller (Eric Bana) in the wilderness of Finland.  Her father has trained her in survival skills to prepare her to leave hiding and seek revenge for her mother's murder.  Erik trained Hanna in several languages and military skills.  Their isolated and primitive live in Finland has prevented Hanna from experiencing friends her age and modern technology.   

Finally, Hanna tells Erik that she is ready to leave, and he gives her a box containing an old transmitter that will alert the outside world to their presence.  Hanna flips the switch, sending a signal from their location to Marissa Wiegler (Cate Blanchett), a CIA officer.  Marissa sends a assassination  team to their hideout, where Hanna is captured and taken to a CIA safe house in Morocco.  Marissa is anxious to capture and kill Erik to hide a secret project.  Hanna easily escapes her captivity and flees into Moroccan desert.  

The search is on for both Hanna and Erik. Erik makes his way to Germany to meet with Hanna.  Hanna meets an English family vacationing  in Morocco and becomes friends with their teenage daughter Sophie.  Hanna hitches with them to Spain and Germany. Meanwhile, Wiegler hires a night club owner called Isaacs (Tom Hollander) to capture Hanna while she goes after Erik.

The pursuit continues until Isaacs and his men corner Hanna and the family, but she manages to escape.  Isaacs learns that Hanna is heading for Berlin to meet her father.

Hanna learns that Erik is not her father.  Erik met Hanna's mother during his assignment as a recruiter for a program in which pregnant women were conscripted from abortion clinics so that the CIA could alter their children's DNA, enhancing their strength, stamina, and reflexes while suppressing emotions like fear and empathy in order to create a batch of super-soldiers. The project was deemed a failure and all the women and their genetically-modified children were eliminated.  Erik tried to escape with Hanna and her mother, but Wiegler murdered Johanna before Erik could escape with her and Hanna to the wilderness of Finland.

I have seen this movie twice and liked it both times.  Hanna is a fast-paced movie with lots of violence.  At times it seems like a coming of age story with Hanna double-dating with her friend Sophie as she experiences a terrifying journey to Germany and the truth about herself.  There are some quirky characters like Sophie's parents, Isaacs, and her father's clown friend , and Wiegler.  Cate Blanchett seems to enjoy playing the villain,  perhaps finding an outlet for her arrogant and haughty side that emerges in interviews.  Although at times predictable, the fast pace distracts and pulls you to the ultimate conclusion.


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