KTKA Movie Review: Hanna

by Eric Melin on April 22, 2011

in Reviews,Video Reviews

This review of the “Hanna” appears on KTKA-49.

The new action movie “Hanna” has done solid numbers at the box office, but it has critics pretty sharply divided. The movie stars Saoirse Ronan as a 16-year-old girl who has been raised by her father in a remote cabin in Finland with one single purpose—to become an assassin.

Some critics have a problem with director Joe Wright’s overtly stylish flourishes: a pounding electronic score by the Chemical Brothers, absurd settings, strobing lights, sudden close-ups, quick cuts, and a strange sense of humor that pops up at the most inopportune times.

I didn’t. Sure, “Hanna” doesn’t really engage with the morality of the situation this young girl is in, but it provides the audience with a kind of a dark fairy-tale perspective of what the outside world must look like through the eyes of a teenage girl who has never seen it before.

“Hanna” is clearly a revenge thriller action movie, but it goes out of its way to be different than other films of its kind, and that’s refreshing—and a lot of fun.

Eric is the Editor-in-Chief of Scene-Stealers.com and writes the Screen Stealers column for The Pitch. He’s President of the KCFCC, and drummer for The Dead Girls and Ultimate Fakebook. He is also Air Guitar World Champion Mean Melin. Eric goes to 11. Follow him at:

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