Release date: 2011
Genre: Action | Mystery | Thriller
My rating: ★★★★
Bottom line: If I ever have children, I hope they are as awesome as Hanna.
Hanna is a 16-year old girl who lives with her father in the remote wilderness of Finland. Her father Erik (played by Eric Bana), an ex-CIA agent, has spent the last sixteen years training Hanna to follow in his footsteps as the perfect assassin. When she is ready, she embarks on her mission to infiltrate the CIA and kill Marissa Wiegler (played by Cate Blanchett). The ensuing action, while unbelievable at times, is thrilling and entertaining.
I remember reading somewhere that the girl who played Hanna, Saoirse Ronan (you may recognize her from The Lonely Bones), wanted the film to be as believable as possible and trained endlessly and tirelessly so that she could actually perform many of the stunts and actions in the movie that were required of her character. So even though the film is a bit unrealistic at times (I had a hard time believing a 16-year, 100 lb. girl could throw around a 200 lb. grown man in full military outfit), the action is enjoyable and its interesting to see how Hanna deals with each of the seemingly impossible situations her characters comes into in her pursuit to assassinate her target, Marissa.