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The name Hanna is short for Johanna, and the clear, stand-out star of the film is a young Irish-American actress called Saoirse Ronan who plays Hanna / Johanna.
The story-line is rooted in science fiction. Johanna / Hanna is the product of a programme to create a number of human beings with an exceptional talent for killing. Her Dad, played by Eric Bana, isn't her biological father, (we never get to know who the biological father is), and it wasn't at all clear to me that her mother in the film really was 100% her mother and not just a womb for hire.
A number of people like Hanna are created / engendered artificially, and most are "retired from service" by the CIA / Cate Blanchett, but Hanna was saved by her rogue ex-CIA agent "Dad" / Eric Bana and brought up secretly by him in a remote log cabin somewhere near the North Pole until he feels that Hanna is both old enough and well prepared enough to be able to take on a Cate Blanchett / CIA determined to retire from service absolutely all the artificially created human beings, including the last one still alive, Hanna.
The aim of Hanna's "Dad" / Eric Bana is to draw out Cate Blanchett and have Hanna kill Cate Blanchett, and a long series of fast paced adventures ensue, with plenty of violence and corpses, that do indeed culminate in Hanna killing Cate Blanchett.
The film is, I think, in places, clunky, and definitely not absolutely top flight, but it is one that I have quite happily watched more than once, and I am feeling generous so I am giving the film five stars, although, arguably, those reviewers who have given it four stars are closer to its true worth.
It must be harder and harder to create something entirely original and Hanna isn't, but it is still a really good film. The action is Bourne, John Wick, Salt and Kick-Ass, the plot is more X-Files meets Leon (aka The Professional), but any lack of originality doesn't matter because it is just so good. Saoirse Ronan can't weigh more than half a bag of potatoes but she does the action brilliantly and has THAT screen presence which all movie stars want more than anything. The script has a few borderline clunky bits and there are a some predictable moments but the pluses far outweigh any very small minuses. If there was a sequel (NOT the Amazon reimagining TV series) I'd buy it immediately, Loved it!
Thought this was a pretty good film, has audio description for visually impared people which is nice. The plot is nothing new really but is pretty enjoyable. Hanna is a pretty interesting character, and very well acted, Hanna's accent is just adorable :p along with her mannerisms and such, which leads to a few comical moments throughout and makes it a very enjoyable film.
Great plot & entertainment - something different superbly acted by a great cast led by Saoirse Ronan.. The ending leaves the adventure sort of incomplete … but easily solved by watching the alternative offered on the DVD. Sort of rounds the whole Film off. Not sure why the Producers didn't make it part of the whole in the first inst. It would have scored much higher ratings.