What’s not to like about Joe Wright’s thriller, Hanna? It boasts a quality cast: Saoirse Ronan, Cate Blanchett and Eric Bana, a soundtrack by the Chemical Brothers and Tom Hollander peroxide blonde and dressed in an acrylic 1980s tracksuit as a deranged hitman/enforcer who loves his work a little too much.
Bana is an ex-CIA spook who, like Liam Neeson’s character in Taken, has a very particular set of skills, he is also father to the titular Hanna and from their isolated Finnish home he hones her skills and ability to kill. Why? You may ask. The answer arrives in the form of uber bitch, super spook Cate Blanchett, the CIA equivalent of Dr Evil with a merry coterie of psychotic followers.
Hanna is not a perfect film by any means, the plot is unconvincing, the acting at times is mannequin-like but the film’s surreal feeling, and sets make it a worthwhile watch.
Hanna – Friday 9.00pm on E4.