Young. Sweet. Innocent. Deadly.

Hanna is an action movie from director Joe Wright. This is his first action movie as he has only directed dramas like Pride & Prejudice, Atonement, and The Soloist.

After spending all of her young life training in the forest with her father, Hanna is sent out to complete a mission that her father has been preparing her for her entire life.

Hanna is very much like a Bourne film. She was raised to be a ruthless killer, and she does it well, but a lot of the film is about us as the audience, and eventually Hanna herself, figuring out who she really is.


  • This is a beautifully shot film. The way shots are framed, the way the camera moves(except for one scene), and the colors within the scenes all look great.
  • Deserving of its own bullet are the single-shot action sequences. There isn’t too many in the film, about two or three, but I can appreciate how hard they are to pull off and how cool they look when executed well.
  • Eric Bana and Cate Blanchett are great as the two adults with their own interests in what happens to Hanna
  • The Chemical Brothers score works really well for a movie like this.


  • When Hanna is escaping the CIA compound(not a spoiler) there’s a shot where she’s running down a corridor and the camera is spinning around. I can’t let this slide after criticizing Sucker Punch for the same thing.
  • The story isn’t bad, but the reveal of the film’s central mystery is very ‘blah’

I liked Hanna, I didn’t love it. It was a very well shot film with some really cool action sequences, but the ending didn’t really do it for me. It’s definitely worth seeing though as it is quite good. As far as whether it’s one of the best of the year so far, I’d say it probably is, but I’d rather see Source Code again than Hanna again.


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