Monday, February 06, 2012

Hanna-2011



What is a Hanna movie review doing on a science fiction blog, you might ask.  The rude answer would be that I can put up a review of whatever I want, but the better answer is that there is a science fiction element to this movie.  I won’t give away what that is, but I am sure most people can figure it out pretty early in the movie. 
The plot-  Think Bourne Identity but with a 14 year old girl.  While the concept wasn’t completely original, I am looking at you Cassandra Cain: Batgirl, it was a deviation from your normal Bourne thriller.  It is more of a surface type movie as if you stop and think about any one part too much it will start to break down.  For example, the father hides the truth from her.  While it creates tension between the characters and sets Hanna up for the hero’s journey, it just doesn’t make sense for him to do that.  His goal for her would better be achieved if Hanna knew the whole truth.  But the movie moves along at a fast enough pace that you don’t really think about things like that while you are watching it. 
The Acting-  Saorise and the incredible Hulk due a pretty good job in this one.  The little British girl made me want to jump in the screen and throttle her, so I guess she was playing her part dead on.  The actors were all pretty good and well directed. 
The Action-  Some of the best fight choreography I have seen in a movie.  They tried to make the fight scenes as realistic as possible it seems and they succeeded for the most part. 
Overall it was a fun movie.  I watched with the wife and oldest daughter.  It is rated PG-13 for violence and it seemed fine for my oldest.  I would say 10+.  Give this a watch if you enjoyed Bourne, Soldier, or Cassandra Cain Batgirl.  My 10 year old gets bonus points for calling the last line of the movie.  I saw it coming too, but she called it out loud. 

7 comments:

Cal's Canadian Cave of Coolness said...

Remind me of the line again.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Art house meets action film - excellent movie!

Budd said...

I just missed your heart.

Anonymous said...

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Nick said...

I was thinking about Netflixing this one. I think I'll give it a shot.

Budd said...

anon, the click ok thing was pretty good and makes some valid points and some not very valid ones. If you aren't a spammer, I look forward to discussing those with you.

Nick-You should like it.

SteveB said...

I enjoyed this one a great deal. A good take on a genre (Bourne, 007, Nikita, MI) that's a little over-worked.