Wednesday, February 08, 2012

HANNA

HANNA is a film I wanted to like. It started off promisingly, with a young girl raised in the woods trained as a survivalist. The first forty minutes or so are quite engaging, as we get a fantastic performance by Irish newcomer Saoirse Ronan, who at age 17 steals to movie completely.

Unfortunately once she decides to go to the big city, it becomes just another dumb action film, full of huge leaps of faith that I was unable to make. The rest of the casting is terrible. Eric Banna is completely unbelievable as a CIA assassin, and the film grinds to a halt whenever he returns to it. Even Cate Blanchett is terrible as the CIA (or whatever) chief who must find them both.

It's too bad, the film had promise, and the sound design was excellent.
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