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Ho-Hum, Hanna

  • Ankur Pathak

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    Desimartini | Updated - March 17, 2013 4:53 PM IST
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    HannaWatch trailerRelease date : June 03, 2011

    Hanna is a film that is trying too hard in portraying a tension-wrapped scenario which centres on a 16-year old girl by the same name. Raised in snow-covered landscape of Northern Finland with no understanding of civilization, by her father, Hanna is aggressively trained to battle any sort of potential hazard. She's impeccable in hand-to-hand combat, and she can hop and jump, and almost kill you if you try to get too close for comfort.

    Joe Wright's risky departure from his conventional novel-inspired pictures' (Pride & Prejudice) is an attempt gone ghastly wrong. For after a point, it not only surrenders to monotony inspiring boredom, but it gets confounded within itself.

    Moreover Hanna is a character which doesnt evoke a lot of emotions. Just like her who is clueless about the rational establishment around, we dont know what to do with her, whilst shes on screen struggling to keep track and make sense of her surroundings.

    And then again, the film surrenders to being just another, strictly ordinary chase movie with its landscape spanning across country-side locations of mega-cities. Hanna hitches a ride with an unsuspecting family with two kids; and one of the daughters suspiciously shows extra-affection to our macho-woman.

    After considerable period, it is established that Hannas father (a restrained, brilliant Erik Bana) opted out of one of the high profile operations of CIA after witnessing the degrading morals, and now knows too much to be alive.

    Cate Blanchett plays the very bad woman Marrisa Weigler whos heading this operation, simultaneously hunting Hanna and the father. Hanna meanwhile is on a killing-spree thrashing all henchmen who interfere with a shocking stamina, and a massive, murderous appetite amid some classically well shot track scenes.

    It climaxes in an unpredictable fashion. The kind of turns that would sure, shock you, but you dont want them to occur. The screen-writing, though inspiring at parts, at best is left for the viewer to adjudge. For fans of, say the Bourne series might be immensely uninterested, for lack of an uneven pacing, and a disjointed objective.

    The performances are expectedly pleasant. The supernaturally talented Saoirse Ronan is the most apt actress to play the part, who plausibly portrays the title role, of a cautious and clueless teenager armed with her gifted physical strength. Cate Blanchett has got not much to do yet her Marissa Wiegler arouses hatred by the very first shot. Her cruelty is hard to miss amid those eyes that convey steely indifference. Erik Heller as Eric Banna lends able support as the father whos determined yet equally concerned.

    To pass a fair judgement, Hanna attempts to thrill, but is worth watching only for the enactments, or if you unwittingly become a victim of visual treatment, Hanna might not be too bad a deal.

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