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.