Hanna’s Saoirse Ronan brings it

Hanna

Hanna” has big name stars in Cate Blanchett and Eric Bana, but it’s Saoirse Ronan, a 17-year old actress from New York (moved to Ireland at 3), that steals the show as the film’s title character.

Previously starring in “The Lovely Bones“, Ronan continues to impress with her presence on screen, this time as a 16-year old raised near the arctic circle by her father (Bana). From the outset we see she is a capable hunter, as well as smarter and stronger than the average teenager, and similar to every teenager, she wants to know more about the world. She asks her father to go back to society, after living in seclusion her entire life, and while reluctant, he realizes she is ready, and gives her the mission she’s been training for under his tutelage – to find and murder the woman responsible for killing her mother.

“Hanna” is an action-packed film, and in my mind is very similar “The Bourne Trilogy” among others; so while not all that original, it was still exciting to watch and I didn’t want to turn my eyes away, much in part to Ronan’s performance. Adding to my enjoyment of the movie was the amazing score by The Chemical Brothers that perfectly set the tone for every scene in the movie.

There are a couple down sides to the movie which included Cate Blanchett’s distracting (southern?) American accent and more importantly the ending, which seemed a bit over dramatic and staged to close the movie “properly”; this took away a lot for me.

If you’re looking for a movie with a lot of action, a great soundtrack as well as an up-and-coming leading actress, then you’ll enjoy “Hanna”, which opens on April 8. I give it a 4/5.

Here’s the trailer:

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