COLUMN: “Hanna” is an underrated action movie

Rob Le Cates

Cam’ron Hardy is a sophomore journalism major and can be reached at 581-2912 or [email protected].

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Hanna (Saoirse Ronan) lives with her father Erik Heller (Eric Bana) in the woods and are both trained assassins. Heller has been training Hanna to become the perfect assassin to cross Europe to kill Marissa Wiegler (Cate Blanchett), who once worked with Heller but killed Hanna’s mother.

After maturing on the way to watch movies and understanding different topics regarding movies, re-watching it was a lot better than the first time.

To start, Hanna, played by Saoirse Ronan, did an amazing job with the role, and for her to only be 16 when she filmed it, makes it much more impressive.

Her awkward interactions with others really shows how alone she has been throughout her life. Her relationship with her father was an interesting aspect because it was realistic for the most part.

Heller a parent preparing a child to keep up with a false identity and being able to complete a task in the real world. All the action scenes were very exciting.

The best fight scene was when Heller was being followed at a train station by agents and they fight underground in a subway. The entire scene was shot in one-take and when Heller was walking into the fight scene felt so suspenseful due to the music.

The soundtrack of this film played a major part in why I loved this film. All the songs and beats fell perfectly into the scenes where they were played. The Chemical Brothers did a great job creating the soundtrack for this film.

It was a unique soundtrack for a film like this. The theme was very indie-pop genre based, which surprisingly fit the aesthetic.

It might work well because of the lighting of the film. It is not noticeably vibrant, but it is not dark. Since it is Hanna’s first time going outside of the wilderness, the cities she traveled to were emphasized of how beautiful they were.

Marissa Wiegler, played by Cate Blanchett, was a great antagonist in this film. The sophistication of her character made her next move unpredictable, which made it interesting to see how the entire plot would play out.

The ending scene was very climatic and was a full circle moment, which are always enjoyable.

This movie is not very popular. There was a show created after the show, but the movie is not that popular. It seems like something that would be distributed through A24.

Watching this at 11 years old was very much appreciated. It is one of my favorite movies of all time and is a contribution to me being a cinephile.

It deserves more praise due to how unique it is.

Rate 5/5.

Cam’ron Hardy is a sophomore journalism major. He can be reached at [email protected] or 217-581-2812.