Hanna is a story about a 16 year old master assassin who is raised and trained by her father for a mysterious purpose. It has a wonderful cast of major talent in Cate Blanchett as Marissa Wiegler, Eric Bana as Erik Heller and newcomer Saoirse Ronan as Hanna. It is directed by Joe Wright (Pride & Prejudice) and was highly anticipated back when it was released.
Before I get into what made this movie fail for me I will highlight the parts of it that made it enjoyable. First of all the cinematography, filming and general direction was beautiful. It was so crisp and colorful a movie that it will make your television (or computer) sing with vibrancy.
Now unto the bad: This movie could have been so much better, but alas it was plagued by the same thing that happens to many other visually-striking movies… bad writing. Not only was Hanna’s story, her origins and the reason for her being unleashed a huge letdown but the lack of development for the players involved made for no empathy upon their deaths.
Cate Blanchett brought the heat as the semi-hot but evil Marissa Wiegler and little Saoirse was a treat to watch but the rest of this film was extremely cold. Many, many questions are left unanswered by the time it ends and with so much going for it, Hanna should have been better.
If you like mysterious femme fatales then I would say watch Girl with the Dragon Tattoo or La Femme Nikita. Just avoid this movie if you seek greatness through storytelling.