by David Schuster
Never have I seen such a range of reviews on a movie as I have with "Hanna" I have seen 4 stars (they must have been on acid) all the way down to zippo. And rarely have I ever totally agreed with Rex Reed but when it comes to this movie we are in lock step. Too bad because the trailers really suckered me in on this one.
"Hanna" is about a girl who is raised in the frozen tundra near the Arctic Circle. Her father is a former CIA assassin who teaches his little girl everything he knows about killing. Not exactly playing with Barbie Dolls but an interesting premise.
Hanna is played by the immensely talented Saoirse Ronan who will play much better roles in the future. Her father is played by Eric Bana and the big bad head of spies is played by Cate Blanchett. From those three stars you had the making of a pretty good movie but then it all goes down the crapper.
Soon enough Hanna allows herself to be captured by Blanchett's
organization and then the little Super Girl quickly breaks free like
James Bond and the next ninety minutes it's a ridiculous chase scene to get
her back. Along the way Hanna speaks about a dozen languages, beats the
crud out of a host of guys (terrible fighting scenes) and out wits and
out runs everybody. She even has some German Skinhead assassins tailing
her and talk about stupid characters.
Meanwhile Bana and Blanchett (normally solid actors) go through the
motions and have some of the worst accents ever heard on the screen. I
have no idea what Bana's was. I think it might have been Irish and
Blanchette sounded like Dolly Parton on helium.
The ending potentially could have saved this disaster but, of course,
was as bad as the rest of the movie. "Hanna" grossed over $12 million in
it's opening week and most of that will be attributed to the really
well done trailer but watch it slide quickly. My rating, a weak single - one star for this drek and too bad, because it could have been so much better.
Tomorrow - my review of the "Arthur" remake.