New on DVD: ‘Hanna’ Doesn’t Kill

On Tuesday, the main event will be ‘Hanna,’ director Joe Wright’s (‘Pride & Prejudice’) stab at an actioner, starring Saoirse Ronan as a take-no-hostages 16-year-old girl trained as a super-assassin to wreck revenge on the CIA agent who destroyed her family.

What It’s About: The talented Saoirse Ronan stars as Hanna, a 16-year-old girl raised in the desolate, icy wilds of Finland by her ex-CIA agent father and trained to become the perfect assassin. Every moment of Hanna’s childhood and adolescence has been spent building up the strength, stamina and survival instincts she needs to prepare for the day she must strike out on her own to cross Europe to face her family’s longtime enemy: lethal intelligence operative Marissa Wiegler (Cate Blanchett) who, in turn, has been waiting for the day she can kill Hanna and her dad.
It’s Kinda Like: ‘Leon the Professional’ meets Jason Bourne.

What We Say: Great idea for a film fails with a weak execution. Director Joe Wright squanders a good opportunity to create a female Jason Bourne vehicle by slowing down the action too much, too often, especially when super spy and arch enemy Wiegler comes on the screen. There’s too many subplots and sub-characters that detract from Hanna’s main goal — to get to safety after knocking off the bad guys. Wright does have a deft hand in the action sequences, and when these come to the fore the movie gets propelled forward like a jet plane. But at other times the fantastic acting is undermined by tedious and silly side-trips and encounters. The endeavor looked good on paper but founders on the screen.

• Extras: Alternate ending, deleted scenes, commentary by director Joe Wright; the Blu-ray adds an “Adapt or Die” featurette that reveals the intense training and acting process Saoirse Ronan went through to become Hanna as well as location and music scoring featurettes.


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