Hanna Cinema Review

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Reviewed by Chris McEneany, 4th May 2011.
Joe Wright adds something new to his repertoire - a genre hybrid that, like its titular heroine, hits the ground running, takes few prisoners and fuses the macho with the magical and creates a violent modern-day fairytale. An outstanding performance from Saorise Ronan ignites the fable like a Molotov Cocktail. Serene and ethereal one minute, primal and punishing the next, her innocent-abroad is a tour-de-force of identity-stricken angst in a devious, cold-hearted world of dirty tricks and evil masterplans. Gamely supported by Eric Bana in full-on kill mode, and Cate Blanchett as the Disney Witch-Queen given a vicious upgrade, Ronan owns the film.

There may not be much that is inherently new to the plot, but it is the way that Wright delivers it that makes Hanna so refreshingly and unique.The story rockets along despite a liberal sprinkling of cliche and a middle-section lull, becoming a semi-surreal odyssey that is part travelogue, part vendetta ... but all cool.

She may not mean to be, but Hanna is one seriously wild child. Catch her if you can.

Highly recommended.


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