Year: 2011
Production Co: Focus Features
Director: Joe Wright
Writer: Seth Lochhead/David Farr
Cast: Saoirse Ronin, Eric Bana, Cate Blanchett, Olivia Williams, Jason Flemyng

It's definitely an action movie, even though it doesn't look like one and features actors of the calibre that wouldn't normally be caught dead in one.

A very dangerous young girl skilled in the arts of killing and fighting lives with her father in a remote wooded cabin in a snowy landscape. Right there it almost lost me – no matter how seriously it's portrayed I always have a hard time with young girls or women who can use precision training to beat up grown men in films.

Turns out Hanna (Ronin) is the result of a top secret CIA supersoldier program and has been raised by a top operative (Bana) who turned against the agency and took her on the lam to raise her alone (if the implausibility of the character didn't quite lose me, the fact that it's not the most original premise in cinema nearly came much closer).

Hanna and her father leave the cabin separately and arrange to meet in Berlin. I didn't quite understand why they didn't just go together, but it had something to do with throwing his former handler (Blanchett) off the trail.

She wants Hanna and her father dead for some other reason I couldn't quite figure out, but with their respective training it's easier said than done, even with the fearsome gay strip club owner she sends after them. Bit of character redundancy there really – maybe Blanchett's contract specified she would only have one action scene or something.

It doesn't have the music, imagery or camerawork of an action film so I can see why everyone thought it was so fabulous. I just found it unoriginal and all the surface gloss is there to make you forget how many times you've seen it before. When you get right down to brass tacks, it's just a more grown-up remake of D.A.R.Y.L.

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