Director: Joe Wright
Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana
Fresh off of a pair of serious costume dramas (Pride And Prejudice and Atonement), British filmmaker Joe Wright re-fashions himself as an action director with Hanna. Wright pulls it off admirably, dishing out high-octane entertainment with the same heightened style driven by impossible steadycam shots developed in his previous work.
The almost unfairly talented teen actress Saoirse Ronan stars as the daughter of an ex-CIA man (Eric Bana) trained from birth for a fight to the death with a longtime familial foe from her father’s past (Cate Blanchett). The bulk of the film is dedicated to a chase between Blanchett and Ronan with all the suspense, gunfights, and endless running montages you’d expect. The performances are uniformly excellent and the plot moves like a bullet.