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Thursday 2 June 2011

Hanna, action film, written by Seth Lochhead, David Farr, directed by Joe Wright, starring Saoirse Ronan, Cate Blanchett, 4* out of 5

In the cold wilderness of the North of Finland, 16-year old Hanna Heller is being trained for a dangerous personal mission by her father Erik an ex CIA Agent. Years earlier, Erik Heller was involved in a secret experiment to create ruthless and effective soldiers with the help of genetic engineering techniques. Soon Hanna will embark on her mission, in which she will pit her wits and fighting skills against a rogue senior CIA agent (played by Kate Blanchett) and her brutal German neo-Nazi helpers.
Hanna is a James Bond-style action film with a hard edge. The main hero and the main villain are both female. After Lisbeth Salander of Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy, Hanna Heller is the next interesting female action-hero to appear on our screens. The film combines humour and suspense with exciting action scenes playing in Morocco, Spain, France and Germany. The direction and photography are of high quality. Hanna the film has an intelligent plot and is highly entertaining. Cate Blanchett in the unusual role of the evil villain is a success. Saoirse (pronounced Surshah or Seershah) Ronan in the main role is a star in the making.

For fans of action films everywhere, Hanna is definitely worth seeing and an interesting addition to the existing gallery of action-heros. Screenwriter Seth Lochhead initially developed the screen play as his project for a screenwriting course at the Vancouver Film School. Plans for a sequel or two are probably in the making already.

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