Hanna is a 2011 European-American action thriller film that contains prominent fairy tale elements, directed by Joe Wright. The film stars Saoirse Ronan as the title character, and Eric Bana and Cate Blanchett. The film was released in North America on April 8, 2011 and in Europe on May 5, 2011.
The Editor says: As the most appalling decadence envelops the capitalist world, many of its movies reflect the putrefaction. Actioners of course excel at this. And this is one of them. All noise and ludicrous stunts calibrated to wow juvenile audiences, and using the cheap gimmick of a nubile sociopathic killer, this extended bore partially glorifies or cynically decries the deeds of US intel agencies, while serving as devious recruiting posters for precisely these entities.
BY HIRAM LEE, WSWS.ORG
In a cabin in the Arctic, Erik (Eric Bana), a rogue CIA agent, trains his young daughter, Hanna (Saoirse Ronan), to be an assassin. The two have lived like recluses all of Hanna’s life, in hiding from the CIA. The young girl appears never to have experienced the world.
Hanna is being trained to kill Marissa Wiegler (Cate Blanchett), another agent with whom Eric shares a dark history. Once Hanna’s training is complete, she flips a switch on a transmitter which alerts the CIA to her presence. Erik flees before the authorities arrive, with plans to rendezvous with his daughter again in Germany. Hanna allows herself to be taken into custody. The bulk of the film follows her escape and subsequent journey to reunite with her father in Berlin, fighting off mercenaries hired by the CIA along the way. Continue reading »
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