DIR: Joe Wright • WRI: Seth Lochhead, David Farr • PRO: Leslie Holleran,Marty Adelstein, Scott Nemes • DOP: Alwin Kuchler • ED: Paul Tothill • DES: Sarah Greenwood • Cast: Cate Blanchett, Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana

Saoirshe Ronan owns the screen in the new action thriller Hanna. Her mentor and discoverer Joe Wright (Atonement, Pride and Prejudice) features her in practically every shot. Reminiscent of La Femme Nikita and Truffaut’s The Wild Child, Hanna tells of a girl raised not by wolves but the next best thing – a wilderness man: the bearded and muscled Eric Bana draped in animal skins.

For reasons not clear initially this mystery man lives in the Finnish tundra with his sixteen-year-old daughter, Hanna. He’s taught her five languages and survival skills. In the opening sequence Hanna, fleet as a wolf, is tracking a deer in deep snow. She runs fast then faster. She brings down the deer with a bow and arrow. ‘I just missed your heart’, she tells the dying deer then produces a pistol from the folds of her furs and put it out of it’s misery.

Hanna’s whole life has been spent in the wilderness. Her father has provided her with an identity. She lives in a small German city, has close school friends and a dog, named Rudi. Her home address celebrates Grimm’s dark fairy tales. Perhaps this is a partial key to Hanna’s true being. Hanna misses the company of other teenagers.

She wants to discover her origins. Her father relents. ‘There ‘s a global positioning monitor in the woods near their home. Hanna , if I push this button, there’s no turning back. Evil people will find us. But if you wish it, I’ll do so.’ Hanna requests that her father do so. Within hours elite force troops storm their enclave. Eric has already left on a hunting trip. Hanna is captured and whisked to an underground cell. There she’s interminably interrogated. She senses that the actual people questioning her are acting for someone higher. She’s right. All questions are directed by CIA regional agent Marissa Weigler (Cate Blanchette complete with a southern US accent).

Hanna again demonstrating survival skills fights her way out of this prison, breaks into the computer centre and retrieves a vital print out on her parentage and DNA. She surfaces in Morocco without money, passport, or any understanding of how modern civilization works. For Hanna, her search for her real identity is just beginning.

A wonderful change of pace for the talented Ms. Ronan.

Anthony Kirby

Rated 15A (see IFCO website for details)
Hanna is released on 6th May 2011

Hanna – Official Website

Hanna Trailer


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