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Hanna (2011)

Duration1h 51m
RatingsUK: 12A, USA: PG-13, Spain: 12 
Source of storyAn original screenplay
DirectorJoe Wright
Writers/ScriptSeth Lochhead, David Farr
StarringSaoirse Ronan, Eric Bana, Cate Blanchett, Michelle Dockery, Olivia Williams, Jason Flemyng, Tom Hollander, 
RatingsIMDb: 6.8/10 by 195k people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 71% by 230 reviewers. Review2view: 7/10 .

Elevator Pitch: Hanna grows up living with her father in an Arctic forest, where he trains her in the use of weapons, unarmed combat and survival. It is intended that, when she is old enough she is to go out into the world and confront an enemy. This person is likely to be a CIA boss, Marissa Wiegler, who has been searching for Hanna and her father. She is picked up by Marissa’s organisation, but escapes and makes her way by various means to Berlin, where she is to meet up with her father again, but Marissa now with the assistance of a homicidal ex agent with his helpers, is on the trail. Can Hanna survive?

Content: No sex or nudity, and just a bit if social drinking now and again.  Hanna learns survival skills in the forest. Once out in the world she is taken to a CIA facility in Morocco, but we see her overcome her guards and escape. She travels across Morocco with the unwitting help of a travelling English family. Isaacs, the homicidal ex-CIA man is menacing, and kills people. Hanna finds out about her DNA being unusual. There is a flashback, to the time when Hanna’s mother is killed. Finally in a disused Berlin fun park, things come to a head.

A View: Followers of this site have probably noticed that I have decided to give the films I watch marks out of ten, and in this case I agree with everybody that it is worth a seven. Some of the time it is just a bit boring, and it is well into the film before we find out why Hanna is being hunted, and actually, what she is. It is an unusual action film, which could probably be enjoyed by nearly everybody.

I may be giving something away when I suggest that there are some other films which portray modified humans reviewed here. In my view they are all worth a watch. Soldier, Ghost in the Shell, Lucy.   

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Author of this site three technical books and two novels


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