We all know that some children can be mischievous. They can also be bad. And even still, some can be quite evil. We’ve heard of kids hurting other people, or even killing them. I think bad kids more commonly bully other children though. But this happens to be a story of a girl who will fight for herself and her father regardless of what she has to do. Like slitting someone’s throat, shooting them, or some bad ass fighting sequences. So I’ll pose the questionâ€¦ Was this movie good? Yes. Was this movie great? No. But a movie doesn’t have to be great to be very entertaining.
Directed by Joe Wright, the movie focuses on a 16-year-old girl who is both being raised by her father as well as being trained to fight. Trained to hunt. And trained to kill in defense and in some ways revenge. The film opens with Hanna (Saoirse Ronan) in the snowy woods about to kill a reindeer. She shoots him with an arrow and follows him until it falls. She admits to it that she just missed its heart and shoots it to put it down. As she goes down to gut the reindeer, she’s attacked by her father. A fight ensues and he tells her bang, she’s dead.
He’s doing this to teach her to be mindful of her surroundings regardless of being distracted, or even asleep. You see, her father, Erik (Eric Bana) is a former intelligence agent. He quit years ago after the death of his wife, and Hanna’s mother. He’s dropped out of the lime light for some time. He wants Hanna to be captured by Marissa (Cate Blanchett), his former handler, kill her, and escape herself.
So she activates a tracking device and is captured. Thinking she’s killed Marissa she escapes and is on the run. On the way she meets a young girl, Sophie (Jessica Barden), and her family and joins them. She’s pursued by Marissa as well as her father being pursued.
I found the plot semi plausible. At least as much as a 16-year-old could be a mini assassin. I’m a big fan of Saoirse Ronan. She’s impressed me ever since Atonement and even though The Lovely Bones was not that great of a film, she did an impressive and convincing job in it.
Probably the character that I was most impressed with as a relative newcomer was Jessica Barden. She was such a little spit-fire and said everything that was on her mind with no reservations of how it may come across. I hope to see more of this young actress in the future.
I also thoroughly enjoyed the soundtrack to this film. It was all instrumental and had a good resonance. I’m not always that impressed with the soundtracks in film.
All in all I enjoyed this film. I thought the acting was solid, and the directing was as well. It’s not great, but it has an excellent pace and will keep you watching the screen. The ending is also quite good and perfect for the film. Everything comes around full circle.
FINAL GRADE: B +
Reel Film News Movie Review by Bill Ayres