HANNA


2011

DIRECTOR: Joe Wright

May Contain Spoilers!

I wasn’t really expecting much from this but boy, was I surprised. Joe Wright had seriously put me of his work with is previous film, Atonement which I felt was total rubbish, but he has redeemed himself here with a very interesting and textured thriller. The script is as smart as the direction and the subtly’s displayed throughout, especially with the top-notch performances from the entire cast and that helps to make this a real treat.

The action is first-rate, with clear post Bourne influences but still offering its own brand, whist the film’s only weakness in my opinion, was the travelogue theme, with Hanna travelling across Europe and taking everything in. Don’t get me wrong, this is half of the charm of this film, which blends action with heart and substance but at times it get a little dull, but only a little and at times.

This is defiantly how we should be making movies for the forseeable future, with multi layered narratives and attention to detail. It does seem that there is an incredibly strong wave of british talent behind the camera moving up at the moment, as Wright is standing along sides the like Christopher Nolan and the newly indoctrinated Rupert Wyatt (Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes). Hollywood can certainly stand to learn a thing or too from these guys, let alone the Bourne supremo, Paul Greengrass, whose work is certainly an influence here.

A MUST SEE even if you don’t fancy it.

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