Hanna (movie)

Hanna is a 2011 action adventure movie thriller that contains some prominent fairy tale elements, directed by Joe Wright . The film stars Saoirse Ronan as the title character , a girl raised in the wilderness of northern Finland by her father, a former CIA operative ( Eric Bana ), who trains her as an assassin. Cate Blanchett is a senior CIA agent who tries to track down and eliminate the girl and her father. The soundtrack was written by The Chemical Brothers .

Hanna was released in North America in April 2011 and in Europe in May 2011. The film received a review of the performance of Ronan and Blanchett.


Hanna Heller ( Saoirse Ronan ) is a 15-year-old girl [5] [6] [7] who lives with her father, Erik Heller ( Eric Bana ) in rural northern Finland , near Kuusamo . The film opens with her hunting and killing a reindeer .

Since the age of two, Hanna has been trained by Erik, a former CIA operative from Germany, to be a skilled assassin . He teaches her hand-to-hand fight and drills her in target shooting. He left the agency, going incognito into the Arctic. Erik knows a secret that can not become public, and Marissa Wiegler ( Cate Blanchett ), a senior CIA officer, searches for him in order to eliminate him. Erik has trained Hanna with the intention that she will kill Marissa. Due to her upbringing in the wilderness, she is unfamiliar with many aspects of modern civilization despite having read encyclopedias.

One night, Hanna tells Erik that she is “ready” to face their enemies. Erik digs up a radio beacon that will eventually alert the CIA to their presence. Although he warns Hanna that it’s Marissa, he leaves the final decision to Hanna, who activates the beacon. Erik leaves, instructing her to meet him in Berlin . A CIA special forces team arrives to capture Hanna and Erik, but Erik is already gone and, while Hanna kills two soldiers, the rest of the soldiers assume Erik killed them before escaping.

Hanna is taken to an underground CIA complex where Marissa, being suspicious, sends a double body ( Michelle Dockery ) to talk to Hanna. While talking to the double, Hanna starts to cry and crawls over the double, which makes her captors uneasy. They send some guards to her cell to sedate her. As they enter the cell, Hanna kills the double along with some of the guards and escapes.

In a flashback, Marissa is seen firing at a car that is carrying Hanna’s mother Johanna, two-year-old Hanna, and Erik. The car crashes but the trio flees. Marissa shoots Johanna, but Erik escapes with Hanna into the woods.

Hanna finds herself on the run in the Moroccan [5] [8] desert, where she meets bohemian English couple Sebastian ( Jason Fleming ) and Rachel ( Olivia Williams ), who are on a camper-van with their teenage daughter, Sophie ( Jessica Barden ), and their younger son, Miles (Aldo Maland). She stows away in the family’s camper-van on the ferry to Spain, seeking to reach Berlin. The family is kind to her, and she is becoming a friend, even sharing a kiss together.

Marissa Isaacs hires ( Tom Hollander ), a sadistic agent trainer, to capture Hanna. Hanna travels with the family as they drive north through France. Isaacs and two skinheads trail em Eventually corner and Hanna and the family near Hamburg , goal she marriages to escape, killing one of the Assailants. Marissa catches up with the British family and during interrogation finds out that Hanna is heading to Berlin.

Hanna meets with Knepfler ( Martin Wuttke ), an eccentric old magician and a friend of Erik’s, who lives in an abandoned amusement park . Hanna plans to rendezvous with her father. However, Marissa and Isaacs arrives. Hanna escapes, but overhears comments that suggest Erik is not his biological father.

Later, Hanna goes to her grandmother’s apartment where she finds Erik, who has unsuccessfully tried to kill Marissa in her hotel room. Hanna’s grandmother has been murdered by Marissa. Erik admits to Hanna that he is not his biological father. He has recruited pregnant women into a CIA program where their children’s DNA is enhanced in order to create super-soldiers . After the project was shut down, its subjects were eliminated.

Marissa and Isaacs arrives, intent on killing them; Erik acts as a distraction to allow Hanna to escape. Erik kills Isaacs in a fight, but is shot by Marissa, who goes to Knepfler’s house. Hanna is there, having just discovered Knepfler tortured to death by Isaacs. Marissa becomes disoriented from her wound and falls to a fall, losing her pistol. Hanna picks up the gun and kills Marissa, echoing the deer hunting scene from the start of the movie.

Main cast

  • Saoirse Ronan as Hanna Heller
  • Eric Bana as Erik Heller
  • Cate Blanchett as Marissa Wiegler
  • Jessica Barden as Sophie
  • Aldo Maland as Miles
  • Tom Hollander as Isaacs
  • Olivia Williams and Rachel
  • Jason Flemyng as Sebastian
  • Michelle Dockery as False Marissa
  • Vicky Krieps as Johanna Zadek
  • Martin Wuttke as Knepfler (Mr. Grimm)
  • Sebastian Hulk as Titch
  • Mohammed Majd


The film’s story and script were written by Seth Lochhead while at Vancouver Film School . [9] He wrote the original story and script on spec , [10] and finalized the script in 2006, with David Farr providing later changes. [11]

Danny Boyle and Alfonso Cuarón were previously attached to the film, before it was confirmed that Joe Wright would direct, [12] Ronan prompted the producers to consider him. [13]


The film was co-produced by the US Holleran Company and German Studio Babelsberg , with financial support from various German film funds and the main distributor, Focus Features , which holds the copyright to the film. [2] Most of the filming was done at Babelsberg Studio in Berlin , but locations also included Lake Kitka in Kuusamo, Finland , several German locations (including Bad Tölz , the water bridge at Magdeburg , Köhlbrandbrücke and Reeperbahnin Hamburg , and various sites in Berlin, such as Kottbusser Tor , Görlitzer Bahnhofand Spreepark [14] ), as well as Ouarzazate and Essaouira in Morocco . [15] Temperatures during the Finland shoot sometimes fell as -33 ° C (-27 ° F), but Ronan said “Finland did not bring the fairy tale aspects of the story. pine trees covered in snow “. [15]

Themes and motifs

Reviewers remarked that the setting and style of Hanna from a typical action movie. [16] [17] According to the official website , the film has “elements of dark fairy tales ” woven into an “adventure thriller “. [11] Joe Wright , the director, has said that the movie’s theme is a “fantasy” about “overcoming the dark side” during the “rites of passage” of adolescent maturing when a child transforms and “has to go into the world” . [18]He said that he was influenced by every day of his life to “violent, dark, cautionary fairy tales” that “prepare children for the future obstacles in the wider world”, as well as his “deep love for mystical qualities” of David Lynch movies, “by the patterns of narrative that he prefers because of his dyslexia , and by working as a child in his parents’ puppetry company. [18]

In an interview with Film School Rejects , Wright acknowledges David Lynch as a major influence on Hanna [19] and also pointed to the Chemical Brothers ‘ score: “You can expect an extraordinarily loud, thumping, deeply funky score that will not disappoint”. [19] The music, Including The Devil Is In The Beats [20] [21] and The Devil Is In The Details , [22] underscores the movie’s style [18] recalling Stanley Kubrick ‘s A Clockwork Orange [23]with musical motifs consist of Wright’s “fairy tale theme” [23] of childhood innocence confronting the modern “synthetic” world. [23] Several reviewers have commented that the movie has a hyper-stylized Kubrickian tone, reminiscent of A Clockwork Orange . [24]The “Kubrick-esque” style [25] includes Isaacs’ “gleeful sadism … at times darkly comedic,” [26] a reminiscent whistling villain of Alex DeLarge . [25] Joe Wright’s “love of fairy tales and David Lynch movies” and the work of the Brothers Grimm . [26] [28]

Richard Roeper judged it to be a “surreal fairy tale” with “omnipresent symbolism”. [29] Matt Goldberg said it was “an effective and surreal dark fairy tale” … … “with a dreamlike sensibility … … Hanna’s offbeat coming off tale … … a film that refuses to exist in the realm of reality or fairy tale … … ‘gritty’ realism is not worthy of the story he’s trying to tell. ” [30] Fairy tale motifs are strewn through the film. [28] [31] [32] In the “tightly-edited patchwork of visual iconography, allusion and symbolism”[32] or the queen in Snow White . [34] “Classic fairy tale movie tropes abound;” [33] Hanna makes the escape from the underground government early in the movie, “just as the young heroine’s world is spinning out of control.” [33] Peter Bradshaw found the fairy tale mythology “unsubtle”. [35] Conversely, some reviewers did not comment on the fairy tale elements, [36] [37] [38] [39] and others did so with expressive reservation. [34] [40]

Kyle Munkittrick of Discover magazine notes that Hanna is a ” transhumanist hero”. Despite being genetically engineered to “high intelligence, muscle mass, and no pity”, she is still a good-natured person. He says Hanna, “symbolizes the contest between genetics and environment”, or, “perhaps more familiar, nature versus nurture”. [41]


Hanna received mostly positive reviews; It has a 71% favorable rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes , based on 212 reviews. The site’s critical consensus states: “Fantastic acting and crisply choreographed action sequences propel this unique, cool take on thriller revenge”. [42] On Metacritic , the film received a weighted average score of 65/100 based on 40 critics, indicating “generally favorable reviews”. [43] Justin Chang of Variety said that Hanna is “an exuberantly crafted chase thriller that pulses with energy from its adrenaline-pumping first minutes to its muted bang of a finish”. Gave the film and comment, “Wright combines his two genres into a practical exercise that perversely includes some feeling and insight”. [44]

Peter Bradshaw of the Guardian , on the other hand, gives the film two stars out of five, stating “With its wicked-witch performance from Cate Blanchett, its derivative premise, its bland Europudding rent work and some frankly outrageous boredom, this will test everyone’s patience. ” [45] Kenneth Turan, of the Los Angeles Times , stated that the movie “starts off like a house but soon burns itself out,” adding that even though the movie is “[b] lessened with considerable virtues, including a clever concept. , crackling filmmaking and a charismatic star, it is all over the world, undone by an unfortunate lack of subtlety and restraint “. [46]

According to The Hollywood Reporter , Hanna came in second place at the box office in her first weekend behind Hop . [47] When the film closed on July 7, 2011, it was $ 40.3 million in North America and $ 25.1 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $ 65.3 million. [4]

Awards and nominations

Award Category Recipient (s) result Ref (s)
Alliance of Women Film Journalists Best Film Music or Score The Chemical Brothers Won [48]
Kick Ass Award for Best Female Star Action Saoirse Ronan Nominated
Chicago Film Critics Association Best Original Score Ed Simons, Tom Rowlands ( The Chemical Brothers ) Nominated [49]
Cinema Audio Society Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for Motion Pictures Roland Winke (production mixer), Christopher Scarabosio , Craig Berkey (re-recording mixers), Andrew Dudman (scoring mixer) Nominated [50]
Critics’ Choice Movie Awards Best Movie Action Hanna Nominated [51]
Best Young Performer Saoirse Ronan Nominated
Empire Awards Best Thriller Hanna Nominated [52]
International Cinephile Society Best Original Score The Chemical Brothers Nominated [53]
International Film Music Critics Association Breakout Composer of the Year The Chemical Brothers Nominated [54]
Irish Film & Television Academy Best Actress – Movie Saoirse Ronan Won [55]
London Film Critics’ Circle Young British Performer of the Year Saoirse Ronan Nominated [56]
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Music Tom Rowlands, Ed Simons ( The Chemical Brothers ) Won [57]
MTV Movie Awards Best Music The Chemical Brothers (for ” The Devil Is in the Details “) Nominated [58]
Saturn Awards Best Performance by Younger Actor Saoirse Ronan Nominated [59]
Scream Awards Best Thriller Hanna Nominated [60]
St. Louis Film Critics Association Best Actress Saoirse Ronan Nominated [61]
Best Supporting Actress Cate Blanchett Nominated
Best Original Screenplay Seth Lochhead , David Farr Nominated
Best Scene Hanna ‘s escape from captivity sequence Nominated
World Soundtrack Academy Discovery of the Year Tom Rowlands, Ed Simons ( The Chemical Brothers ) Nominated [62]
Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Film Feature – Leading Young Actress Saoirse Ronan Nominated [63]


The soundtrack album features a score composed by the British big beat duet, The Chemical Brothers .

TV series

In March 2017, David Farr will write a TV series based on the film. [64] On May 23, 2017, Amazon officially ordered the series to production. [65]


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