A 2011 action-thriller (with Speculative Fiction elements) starring Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana and Cate Blanchett, reuniting Ronan with Atonement director Joe Wright.Hanna (Ronan) is a teenage girl brought up in the frozen wastes of Finland with her father Erik (Bana) who has been training her to be the perfect assassin. On a mission from her father, Hanna treks across Europe towards an uncertain goal while being pursued by a shadowy CIA operative (Blanchett). Hanna begins to uncover details of her past and about her true nature all the while poignantly coming to grips with a totally unfamiliar world and kicking more than the occasional ass.The film boasts a soundtrack by ''The Chemical Brothers'' and striking cinematography.Be warned: spoilers ahead.
Brutal Honesty: In the sense of lacking tact rather than being nice. When asked how her mother died, Hanna bluntly responds that she was shot three times.
Call to Adventure: Hanna believes she's "ready" for the world. When Erik agrees, he gives her a radio transponder that will reveal their position to the CIA (specifically, Marissa) if she chooses to switch it on.
Camp Straight: Isaacs is sooo flaming... but seems to be into women. Or hermaphrodites. Or little girls.
Dangerously Genre Savvy: Marissa, who sends in a Body Double to meet with Hanna rather than get near her herself. For that matter, so is the guy monitoring the CCTV when he realizes Hanna's behavior isn't quite right.
Death By Falling Over: Marissa. Although it was the bullet to the heart that finished her off, slipping and falling down the slide (while having already lost a lot of blood from an arrow to the hip) played a significant role in her downfall.
Fantasy-Forbidding Father: Erik's training means Hanna can take down a reindeer or a squad of goons, he drills her on several languages and reads the encyclopaedia to her. But things like music and fiction are off-message, and Hanna only reads a book of fairy tales.
Idiot Ball: Riding along in Sophie's family's camper van, Hanna notices that they are being tailed, presumably by people wishing to hunt her down. She says nothing about this, even when Sophie's mother stops to read the map.
Kill 'em All: By the end of the movie, Hanna is probably the only named character still alive (five characters if Sophie and her family were left alive, since whether or not they were killed is up to debate), and how long that's true depends on how bad the gunshot wound was. The alternate ending (which, in all honesty, really just adds to the movie's ending rather than change it), shows that she does survive, however.
Little Red Riding Hood: The film is full of visual and verbal references, of varying levels of directness, to Grimm's Fairytales in general and this story in particular.
Mama Bear: Implied with Marissa. She's not the biological mother, but it's touched on a few times that she may consider herself something of a mother to Hanna as Marissa had headed the project that created Hanna. Epitomized when she screams, "Don't you walk away from me, young lady!" at the end.
Mutual Kill: By the film's end, subverted in that Hanna survives while Marissa was mortally wounded.
Neck Snap: Hanna uses a rare from-the-front version to kill the false Marissa.
Saoirse Ronan just can't decide how thick to make Hanna's German accent.
Which is funny considering that when her character actually do speaks german in one earlier scene her pronouncation sounds heavily off, as any native speaker will immediately recognize.
Cate Blanchett attempts a southern accent. It's not entirely convincing.
May be a case of Fridge Brilliance in that the accent isn't supposed to be real in-universe. May be a case of Fridge Logic in that you'd think the CIA would have hired better dialect coaches for their agents.
Also in-universe, Hanna and Erik's accents show up even when they're speaking foreign languages.
Out Damned Spot: The first time we see Marissa, she wakes up and goes through her morning routine, including brushing her teeth. Later, as she's wound up by events, we see her brushing her teeth again, hard enough to draw blood.
Cate Blanchett, the Aussie rose to end all Aussie roses, is a Smug Snake of a CIA agent who isn't afraid to shed some blood.
Tom Hollander, known for characters with a refined diginity such as the nice vicar from Rev, or his idiot politician in In the Loop, or his villainous role in the 2nd and 3rd Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Here he's a full-tilt leering Depraved Bisexual assassin with a fondness for canary-yellow jumpsuits and relishes the suffering of his victims.
Erik might have taught Hanna to be a brutal fighter, drilled the encyclopedia and several languages into her, but basic human interaction is a bit beyond her.
Hanna's time with Sophie's family particularly emphasizes this, her First Kiss being an excellent example.
Redemption Equals Death: After being the "recruiter" of the super-soldier experiment, Erik dedicates the last fourteen years of his life ensuring that Hanna will have the strength to survive, even attempting to give her a good (albeit incomplete) academic education. After Hanna learns the truth about him, he draws everyone's attention so she can get away. Just as he dispatches the hitmen, Marissa finally catches up with him and kills him.
Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: Hanna is a total badass, but socially inept and new to the world. This is particularly noticeable in the scene in the Moroccan hotel when she is overcome with sensory overload thanks to all of the electric gadgets around.
Scenery Porn: And how! There are gorgeous shots of a frozen lake in Finland and the deserts of Morocco especially. And there's the decaying amusement park in Germany too.
Sensory Overload: Hanna has had virtually no interaction with modern technology. You can imagine the panic when she finds herself surrounded by a boiling electrical kettle, a loud TV, a humming ceiling fan and the buzz of flickering florescent lights. It really doesn't help that some military helicopters are seen on TV, considering the CIA raided her house with helecopters.
Ship Tease: Hanna and Sophie. It's the strongest connection Hanna makes. Also, they kiss, though the commentary points out that Hanna sees a kiss as a sign of love, not sex. Sophie is also still willing to lie for her even after she sees Hanna brutally beat people. And then there's the fact that Sophie's first thought upon meeting Hanna again was 'I might like to be a lesbian.'
Shown Their Work: When fleeing from the Galinki faculty, Erik and Johanna are driving a Polish car (Polonez), which was heavily in use during the 1990s.
Spit Take: Sebastian has one of these when Hanna joins them for dinner:
Rachel:What did your mother die of, Hanna? Hanna: (Deadpan) Three bullets. Sebastian: *Spit Take*
Super Soldier: Hanna is the sole survivor from one of these programs terminated by Marissa. If you go to the viral website (www.thegalinkaproject.com) you can view a picture of her personnel file - apparently the CIA was growing super-soldiers for the United States Army. Whether the Army was involved, or even KNEW, is unknown - especially as any apparent Army personnel in on the project could be CIA plants (not that any Army personnel are depicted in the movie...).
The Body Double. She is repeatedly told to break physical contact from Hanna after being "hugged," and then she fails to heed the multiple orders to abort altogether. She's too busy trying to console a girl who needed detaining and a psych evaluation while pretending to be somebody else who was wary enough of the situation to send in a doppelganger in the first place.
Issacs, in his efforts to follow Hanna, literally tailgates her for several hours.
The agents that try to kill Erik catch him in an open, empty subway platform, and they have guns. They could just shoot him ... but instead try to grab him first, allowing Erik to fight them hand to hand, where he has the advantage. And they knew he was very dangerous.
Trailers Always Spoil: If you watched the trailer closely, there will be few surprises for you in the film.
Training from Hell: Hanna spent her childhood learning to be constantly on guard, even while sleeping, with her father springing attacks without warning.