July 22 & 23, 2011
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Hanna (2011)July 22, 2011 at 8:00 pm in 26-100
July 23, 2011 at 8:00 pm in 26-100
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A teenage girl goes out into the world for the first time -- and has to battle for her life. Director Joe Wright weaves elements of dark fairy tales into the adventure thriller Hanna, filmed on location in Europe and Morocco. Hanna (played by Academy Award nominee Saoirse Ronan of Atonement, also directed by Joe Wright) is 16 years old. She is bright, inquisitive, and a devoted daughter. Uniquely, she has the strength, the stamina, and the smarts of a soldier; these come from being raised by her widowed father Erik (Eric Bana), an ex-CIA man, in the wilds of North Finland. Erik has taught Hanna to hunt, put her through extreme self-defense workouts, and home-schooled her with only an encyclopedia and a book of fairy tales. Hanna has been living a life unlike any other teenager: her upbringing and training have been one and the same, all geared to making her the perfect assassin. But out in the world there is unfinished business for Hanna's family -- starting with corrupt CIA agent Marissa Wiegler (Cate Blanchett) -- and it is with a combination of pride and apprehension that Erik realizes his daughter can no longer be held back. [www.rottentomatoes.com]
It's Ronan who carries the film. She got a best-supporting-actress Oscar nomination for Wright's Atonement, but here she's asked to do much more, and she nails it.
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