Hanna has been one of the films I’d read about and seen bits and pieces on over the last few months, but hadn’t made up my mind about. The premise is interesting. An intelligence asset (Eric Bana) raises his daughter (Saoirse Ronan) on the run and in harsh conditions above the Arctic Circle so that they can presumably get revenge on the CIA agent (Cate Blanchett) who made them run in the first place… I’m sure I’m oversimplifying that, but it wasn’t the backstory that made it interesting for me. The concept of raising a child in isolation to be a survivor, but also a killer almost has a twister fairy tale aspect to it.
Raised by her father (Eric Bana of Star Trek), an ex-CIA man, in the wilds of Finland, Hanna’s upbringing and training have been one and the same, all geared to making her the perfect assassin. The turning point in her adolescence is a sharp one; sent into the world by her father on a mission, Hanna journeys stealthily across Europe while eluding agents dispatched after her by a ruthless intelligence operative with secrets of her own (Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett). As she nears her ultimate target, Hanna faces startling revelations about her existence and unexpected questions about her humanity.
And here’s the behind the scenes clip, which features some interviews with director Joe Wright and stars Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana and Cate Blanchett.
Question: What do you think? Is this one you’ll go and see when it hits theaters on April 8, 2011?
Directed by Joe Wright (AtonementThe Lovely Bones) – being raised in the wilderness by her father (Eric Bana, Star Trek) to become an amazing assassin with one deadly purpose. Add in a bit of an intelligence / covert ops agenda with the agent played by Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth), and you have a bizarre triangle that seems to involve a lot of killing and bloodshed.
OMG. Is this The Professional of this generation? It looks suitably dark and warped with a bit of a fairy tale flare for good measure.
I won’t pretend I’m not a Ridley Scott fanboy. Ever since Alien, Blade Runner, and Legend, he kicked off a grand series of movies that have kept me entertained for years. Gladiator was really the one that solidified things for me though. That movie rocks.
And on May 14, 2010, we see Ridley rock Robin Hood with Russell Crowe. All the trailers have made this movie look awesome. And here’s another one for the books…
Here’s the synopsis:
Oscar® winner Russell Crowe stars as the legendary figure known by generations as “Robin Hood,” whose exploits have endured in popular mythology and ignited the imagination of those who share his spirit of adventure and righteousness. In 13th century England, Robin and his band of marauders confront corruption in a local village and lead an uprising against the crown that will forever alter the balance of world power. And whether thief or hero, one man from humble beginnings will become an eternal symbol of freedom for his people.
The untitled Robin Hood adventure chronicles the life of an expert archer, previously interested only in self-preservation, from his service in King Richard’s army against the French. Upon Richard’s death, Robin travels to Nottingham, a town suffering from the corruption of a despotic sheriff and crippling taxation, where he falls for the spirited widow Lady Marion (Oscar® winner Cate Blanchett), a woman skeptical of the identity and motivations of this crusader from the forest. Hoping to earn the hand of Maid Marion and salvage the village, Robin assembles a gang whose lethal mercenary skills are matched only by its appetite for life. Together, they begin preying on the indulgent upper class to correct injustices under the sheriff.
With their country weakened from decades of war, embattled from the ineffective rule of the new king and vulnerable to insurgencies from within and threats from afar, Robin and his men heed a call to ever greater adventure. This unlikeliest of heroes and his allies set off to protect their country from slipping into bloody civil war and return glory to England once more.
This should be another awesome summer for movies, with Iron Man 2, Robin Hood, and KICK-ASS paving the way. Bring on the Sherwood revolution!!