Trailer: Hanna


Release: 4/8/2011

Starring: Saoirse Ronan (The Lovely Bones), Eric Bana (Star Trek), Cate Blanchett (Lord of the Rings), Tom Hollander (Pirates of The Caribbean)

Director: Joe Wright (Atonement & Pride & Prejudice)

Writers: Seth Lochhead & David Farr (MI-5)

Plot: A 16-year-old who was raised by her father to be the perfect assassin is dispatched on a mission across Europe, tracked by a ruthless intelligence agent and her operatives. – IMDB

Thoughts: While more of a thriller than horror, Hanna looks extremely interesting and touches on an uncomfortable subject. Violence with children. Sure she’s 16 and in many ways she can be seen as an adult, but Hanna is positively sociopathic in her ruthlessness and it’s in direct contrast to her childlike appearance. I’m curious to see how they make such a character with such a killing instinct juxtaposed with a sheltered childhood be relatable. With a PG-13 rating I don’t expect too much blood and gore for all the violence promised by the preview. Another great draw for me is the soundtrack. Scored by the Chemical Brothers, it will be edgy and fast paced.  As for the cast, Ronan has street cred for drama for sure, but can she carry action? It’s a lot of responsibility for a young actress. I’m also thoroughly intrigued by Blanchett and Hollander. Both well rounded actors, their characters are just as cold blooded as Hanna and maybe more so. To them she’s not a girl, shes a weapon. With allusions to Hanna being “other” than completely human, the film promises to be at the very least, action packed. Favorite part of the preview? That horrendous scream she emits when attacking.

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Some say the pen is mightier than the sword. Ash Wednesday believes so, especially when you use one to stab somebody in the eye! Her first big girl book was Jurassic Park in 4th grade and she's been a sci-fi/horror book fan ever since. With her affinity for things with big teeth and biting habits, she also loves good (or really bad) zombie, vampire and supernatural flicks. For the record, vampires don't sparkle.