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action & adventure, drama, thrillers

Hanna, an exuberant chase thriller that pulses with energy!(Variety), is about a girl raised by her father to be the perfect assassin. Starring Academy Award® nominee Saoirse Ronan.

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PAUSE for kids age 14
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Violent thriller is a high-stakes teen-assassin tale.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this action thriller is surprisingly bloody and violent, pushing the limits of the PG-13 rating. There's a startling amount of very realistic violence, even though many of the action sequences are shot in a stylized, rapidly edited manner. Characters are killed in all manner of ways -- with arrows, knives, guns, fists, and everyday objects turned into weapons. With such a high body count and so many bloody deaths (including the torture and implied deaths of innocent bystanders), the movie is pretty iffy for younger teens. In addition to the violence, there's some sexuality (a married couple is overheard making love, and teenagers briefly kiss or try to kiss) and language, including one memorable "f--k." And, ultimately, the movie's messages are fairly negative, suggesting that if you have killer instincts, it's your destiny to give in to them.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the amount of violence in the movie. Is it always necessary to show how Hanna kills? Would the movie have been better or worse with less graphic violence?
  • Marissa says that children can be bad people, too. What do you think about the popularity of young "assassins" like Hanna and Hit Girl, or even Katniss in the Hunger Games books? Why is there so much appeal in female warriors?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: The film is never more than an amalgamation of other movies.

- Connie Ogle, Miami Herald, Friday, April 8, 2011

Fresh: An entertainingly nutty action thriller from the director Joe Wright.

- David Denby, New Yorker, Monday, April 25, 2011

Fresh: What keeps us hooked is Ronan, a young actress of seemingly limitless abilities, and the tension she creates between Hanna's inhumanly agile body and quizzical eyes, which turn cold only when she pulls the trigger.

- David Edelstein, New York Magazine, Monday, April 11, 2011

Audience Reviews

2 stars

A retired spy who has trained his daughter in seclusion her entire life unleashes her upon the world to revenge herself upon the former handler who betrayed him and murdered her mother. It's the turn of teen photo love stories to be Bourne again in this girly-girl version of the action-spy movie. Hanna actually begins really strongly with some beautifully shot scenes set in an Arctic wilderness, but when Saoirse reaches the outside world it seems to become a teen travelogue featuring some awkwardly self conscious attempts at humour and a "my first kiss" soap opera. The whole tone of the film reminded me very much of a big budget kids' TV programme which does not sit well with some of the rather graphic violence that occurs at strategic intervals to remind us that we are not watching The Sarah Jane Adventures. This is not helped by the pumping pop soundtrack and supporting cast of wacky hitmen (the uber-camp, mascara smeared Tom Hollander in a lemon yellow tracksuit accompanied by two skinheads is particularly embarrassing) and even Cate Blanchett struggles with her drawling stereotype of a character. It's a shame really because it's actually a very promising idea, but the whole thing just falls apart under the weight of its own completely misjudged hotch-potch of incompatible ingredients.

- garyX, Wednesday, October 3, 2012

4 stars

Hanna is truly one of the most unique and original action thrillers i have ever seen in my whole life. At it's core it is definetly a fairytale and a grim one too, but there are so many different layers in this maginificent film and it should not be placed in any certain categories. What begins as a quiet tale about daughter and a father living in the woods, soon turns into a stylish and extremely surreal action-film. Still with all the hyper stylized action and beautifully choreographed close combats the story and the focus manages to keep in Hanna and her inner journey. Wright has made a film about fairy who discovers the world around her with all it's beauty and ugliness. Director Joe Wright does have wonderful eye for visuals and using camera. I think that his earlier film, Atonement, was a great showcase for his mastery as a director. It came pretty close of being a technical masterpiece which Hanna finally almost also turns out to be. Here Wright goes completely strange and unfamiliar direction as a director. With support from master lenser Alwin Kuchler he makes everything look breathtakingly gorgeous. From the opening shots of wintry forests of Finland through Morocco and from there to abandoned and creepy amusement park in Berlin, this film is a pure work of art. The Chemical Brothers has made also perfectly twisted score for the film which matches the film's mood perfectly. This wonderful score mixes their trademark breakbeats with eerie whistling theme resulting one of the most offbeat soundtrack ever created. While Cate Blanchett and Eric Bana are both great in their roles, it is still Saoirse Ronan who steals the show here. Her Hanna is as fascinating as she is tragic. Behind her innocent looking eyes is a cold blooded killer who can kill you before you can even blink your eye. It is rare to see lead character as complex as Hanna is. Screenplay by Seth Lochhead and David Farrarr certainly give depth to Hanna's journey and must be credited as one of the most orginal and truly unique screenplays ever written to any film. The fantastic combination of different elements like action, road-movie and fairytale works masterfully here. Joe Wright has taken an interesting and unexpected direction in his brilliant career. It will be highly interesting to see where he is heading next as a director. Personally i think that Hanna is a film which might not be anything deeper than a good looking action film with surreal twist. There are so many elements in it which i adore in this film, but in the end it is more about surface than deeper psychological meanings.

- emilkakko, Friday, September 21, 2012

3 stars

A decent action/thriller, a bit like a teen girl version of Bourne Identity, but not as good. Although it was better than Abduction, good cast and some well choreographed fight scenes.

- Deano78, Monday, August 6, 2012