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.
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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.