Hanna

Joe Wright, famous in my eyes for the ten minute tracking shot on the beach in ‘Atonement’, once again surprises with his latest ‘Hanna’. A tense thriller with amazing performances from Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana and Cate Blanchett (and a creepy turn from Tom Hollander) it is an art house film with big ideas and mostly pulls them off. From claustrophobic bunkers to deserts and back again the locations are as much a star of the film as Hanna. As with all good thrillers the information the audience needs is slowly leaked out as Hanna fights her way acrossEuropeto meet up with her dad. Tailed constantly by C.I.A. and rent-a-thugs alike she must, as the tagline suggests, adapt or die. The main highlight for me though was the cinematography, the unusual camera angles, the tracking shots, the flare, it won’t be to everyone’s taste but I found it a joy to watch and couldn’t wait to see what technique was going to be used next and in what location, it truly is something very out of the ordinary. Add to that a brilliant soundtrack from The Chemical Brothers and you have a film that can keep you on the edge of your seat. Even at the conclusion some questions are left unanswered and I can see how that would be frustrating to some clouding their opinions towards negativity. But if you want to see a film that perfectly skirts the line between art and mainstream audiences and has a unique style and a proper story for once then give Hanna a go, you might just find you like it.

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