It’s rare that we see a strong female lead in an action film that doesn’t revolve around the size of her bust or the length of her skirt. It’s even rarer when this lead is only a teenager.
16-year-old Saoirse Ronan plays Hanna, a young teen who has been kept away from the outside world by her father, an ex-CIA member who is on the run from the government. Over the years, he has trained her to be a deadly killing machine in the icy mountain tops of Finland to prepare her for the day she would carry out her mission of taking down the CIA. That day has finally come.
Erik Heller (Eric Bana) was the best agent around until he decided he wanted out. Then the CIA came after him and forced him and his baby into the wilderness to disappear. Since then, he has been training her in everything from weapon usage to hand-to-hand combat for when it was time to leave the nest. Part coming of age film, part action thriller, Hanna delivers an adrenaline filled spectacle like no other.
Ronan is the star of the film, and she does not disappoint. She can take out a room full of guards as if it were nothing or speak a multitude of languages to get by. She’s the female version of Jason Bourne. Ask her to have a conversation with another person though, and that’s where she falls apart.
While she may be an expert sharpshooter, her sheltered life has left her without knowledge of the outside world. Holding a casual conversation with another teenager is something she struggles with because she has never experienced it before. Even simple things like florescent lights and television amaze her. Hanna has been thrown into the deep end that is the world and now she must learn to swim on her own, or die.
In addition to the superb acting talent in the film, the style is something you would expect out of something from Quentin Tarantino. The action is very dramatic and can sometimes be over the top, but it’s always enjoyable too. It should come as no surprise then, that The Chemical Brothers produced the score to the film as you will no doubt recognize their heavy electronica beats blasting during critical action sequences. It’s all to keep that rush of adrenaline going.
Hanna will keep you engaged and on edge throughout the entire film, mainly thanks to the brilliant performance put on by Ronan. Whether you’re an action junkie or simply looking for good story, Hanna has you covered.