Yesterday, this column reviewed “Leon,” an action film centered on a little girl whose circumstances require her to be mature beyond her years. This basic storyline undergirds several movies in which children have been the main characters in dangerous situations. An example is “Hanna,” from 2011.
In “Hanna,” Erik Heller (played by Eric Bana) has raised his daughter, Hanna (played by Saoirse Ronan), alone in the wilderness of Finland. He has raised her to be an expert in many survival tactics, such as hunting, fighting and speaking foreign languages. When she turns sixteen, Hanna is given a chance by her dad to turn on a transponder that alerts their location. This act gets the attention of American government operative Marissa Wiegler (played by Cate Blanchett). Hanna is taken to a government facility. With the skills she learned from her dad, Hanna escapes and sets out to find him. On her journey, she learns many disturbing truths about her past. Also, she befriends a young girl, Sophie, and her family.
“Hanna” has amazing action scenes. Among the best is a fight between Erik and several men in a subway station. Also, there are several memorable sequences that show what a skilled fighter Hanna is. An example is Hanna’s escape from the government facility. This is no ordinary teenager.
The cast is excellent. Saoirse Ronan gives a stunning performance. We see that Hanna is tough and resourceful, but because of the way she was raised, she is awkward in social situations. Eric Bana is equally strong as her father, who is flawed but still loves her. Cate Blanchett is also great as the villain, who speaks with an odd American accent.
“Hanna” is a great choice for action fans looking for an offbeat film.