Plot Summary: A 16-year-old who was raised by her father to be the perfect assassin is dispatched on a mission across Europe, tracked by a ruthless intelligence agent and her operatives.
Director: Joe Wright
Writers: Seth Lochhead (screenplay & story), David Farr (screenplay)
Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Cate Blanchett and Eric Bana
Serious Jest: (Must See) This film features: an awesome, edge-of-your-seat story; great dialogue; a tuff soundtrack; captivating camera work; diverse international settings, and even cool fonts reminiscent of a Sergio Leone flick. The cast was incredible; Blanchett continues to show great versatility and general badassness, and young Ronan actually outdoes Natalie Portman in The Professional (although, to be fair, Ronan’s character is much more amazing). Additionally, if you look beyond the action and suspense, you’ll find commentary about science ethics, family, identity, free will, and social chains on individual development.
This movie is worth owning, but it falls just short of being a Must Own, since the action scenes are decent, but not impressive enough to want to watch over and over again. Also, a couple of aspects of the film are a bit of a stretch–for instance, it’s hard to believe that Hanna is overwhelmed by the wonders of basic electrical gadgets, but then a couple of days later, she’s doing internet research. Overall, though, this is a solid, delightful movie, and you should make the time to watch it at some point.