There is a plot hole the size of the Grand Canyon early on in Hanna. The good news is that the film’s action and its heroine, played by Saoirse Ronan, are so captivating that you’ll barely notice. Ronan is striking and commanding as Hanna, a teen girl raised somewhere in the remote wintry Arctic Circle and trained to be an assassin by her father an ex-CIA operative. Eric Bana is intensely efficient as the deadly Erik Heller who will do whatever it takes to protect Hanna. Bana should get his own action franchise.

Hanna surprises the audience by seamlessly combining an action thriller with a quirky road trip movie while always maintaining an undercurrent of danger. As the resourceful Hanna takes off on her treacherous journey the characters she encounters, from the family on holiday to the killers on her trail, are all three dimensional and real. Continue reading »

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