Hanna

Hanna with a bow and arrow. By a tree.

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When I watch films like this, or read books like the Alex Rider series, I feel sorry for my own children, because I’m almost 100% certain they are going to be trained as secret agents from an early age too. As far as I’m concerned, it will make them incredibly cool.

Hanna is a quest for revenge by the main character, surprisingly called Hanna, against the woman who killed her mother. Raised by her father (Eric Banna) in the Finland wilderness, the sole purpose of her existence has been to hunt down and kill Marissa Wiegler, played by Cate Blanchett in full on angry unemotional face mode, before escaping and rejoining with her father to live happily ever after.

The film is most interesting when she first interacts with things she is unacquainted with, such as electricity, and other people. As much training as she has had, her dad managed to forget how to teach her how to talk to other people, apart from a series of backstories which she regurgitates at every opportunity. When she goes on a bit of a night out with someone her own age, her unfamiliarity with social interaction is great fun to watch.

Played excellently by Saoirse Ronan (The Lovely Bones), Hanna feels real and has a convincing accent, and honestly I would not want to get in a fight with her. As far as I’m aware, during filming three people actually died after she had acted attacking them. That’s how good her training was.

The whole film runs along at a quick pace, and once the action has started there is barely a chance to wonder what is going to happen next before it jumps up from behind you and smacks you in the face.

The soundtrack by The Chemical Brothers also deserves a mention, because it’s good. If you’re not going to watch the film, you should at least listen to that.

When it comes down to it, this film makes you realise how much cooler your life would have been if your father was a secret agent and had a vendetta against his old boss. You should go and watch it.