Reviewed by: Steve Warburton
murder in the Bible
performing genetic experiments on humans
Why do movies featuring girls as highly trained killers appeal to certain audiences?
“Adapt or die”—training motto of Hanna’s father
Cate Blanchett—Marissa Wiegler
Eric Bana—Erik Heller
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|Director:||Joe Wright—“Pride & Prejudice” (2005), “Atonement” (2007), “The Soloist” (2009)|
|Producer:||Barbara A. Hall—executive producer
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“Young. Sweet. Innocent. Deadly.”
We meet Hanna (Saoirse Ronan—“Atonement,” “The Lovely Bones”), who lives alone in the wilds of North Finland with her her widowed dad, an ex-CIA man. She’s been homeschooled all her life, using an encyclopedia and a book of fairy tales. Her papa Erik (Eric Bana) is primarily teaching her how to fight, how to speak dozens of different languages, and how to survive. These skills come in handy when Hanna decides she wants to venture out in the real world. But doing so attracts the attention of a federal agent, played by Cate Blanchett, who wants to capture her and her father, because, for some reason, they pose a threat to American security.
I kick myself a little, because I went to see this movie with a Christian friend and her nine-year-old daughter. Some parts of the film were a little violent, and I wanted to cover the daughter’s eyes, but, aside from that (and a scene where the Cate Blanchett character goes into a strip club to hire a mercenary), the movie is quite tame. There’s even a point when our titular character learns that her mother once earmarked her for an abortion. To me and my friend, this was quite a pro-life moment. Hanna couldn’t have been more than 15, and now she’s contemplating that her mama wanted to abort her, before a top secret government experiment gave her a new lease on life.
So “Hanna” asks some important moral questions. Is it okay to genetically modify human DNA? Is it okay to treat people as experiments, rather than human beings?
The F-word appears just once in “Hanna.” Isn’t that wonderful? Also, someone says “for Christ’s sakes,” and OMG. These are the only instances of profanity that I remember in a movie that is actually quite tame, compared to a lot of Hollywood action thrillers. If you can get past that, “Hanna” is an intelligent thriller that asks some deep ethical questions.
Violence: Heavy / Profanity: Moderate / Sex/Nudity: Moderate
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