Saturday, September 24, 2011

Movie Review 1: Hanna

This was a movie which I watched
a few months back.
It's a really interesting story
although the actors and actresses
as well as the director
are all unknown to me.

It's a European-English movie.

The story begins when
Hanna Heller, a 16-year-old girl,
was hunting a reindeer
and was attacked by someone.
Later then it was known that
the person was her father
who was training her.
She lives with her father, Erik Heller
in the wilderness of Finland.
Ever since she was two years old,
Hanna has been trained by Erik
to become a multilingual assassin.
She has never been
exposed to technology
and she learns everything
from a dictionary and other books
which her father sometimes
read to her.
Not knowing about school,
she has mastered multiple language
like french, germany, latin, etc.

One night, Hanna tells Erik that she is "ready",
and he gives her a box containing an old transmitter
that will alert the outside world to their presence.
After analyzing the situation,
Hanna flips the switch,
sending a signal of her location
to Marissa Wiegler, a CIA officer.
Marissa sends a team to Erik's cabin, where Hanna,
who had been waiting for them,
is captured and taken to a CIA safe house in Morocco.
Erik left before the CIA team
came to their cabin.

There, Hanna discovers that Erik is a former
CIA agent who betrayed the agency
and knows a secret that cannot become public.
Marissa has been assigned to kill him,
but Erik has trained Hanna to kill Marissa.
Knowing that Hanna was captured too easily,
Wiegler sends a body double to speak with Hanna.
Hanna kills the double, breaks free and escapes the compound.

While on the run through the desert,
Hanna meets Sebastian and Rachel,
and befriends their teenage daughter Sophie.
They decide to help her go to Berlin,
after she tells them her fake back story.
Meanwhile, Wiegler hires a night club owner called Isaacs
to capture Hanna while she goes after Erik,
who is in Germany.

Along the run, Hanna's relationship
with Sophie became more than best friends.
Later, Isaacs and his men corner Hanna and the family,
but she manages to escape after killing one of Isaacs' men.
The son of the captured family,
who had feelings towards Hanna,
is tricked into telling Wiegler
that Hanna is heading for Berlin.
The fate of the family is not revealed.

In Berlin, Hanna meets with one of her father's associates,
a clown who lives in an abandoned amusement park
in order to rendezvous with her father.
However, Wiegler and Isaacs locate them
and kill Erik's associate with arrows,
but Hanna escapes.

She eventually meets with her father
at her grandmother's apartment,
where she discovers that Wiegler has murdered her grandmother.
Hanna learns that Erik is not her father,
and it is revealed that Erik was once
a recruiter for a program in which pregnant women
were recruited from abortion clinics
so that the CIA could alter their children's DNA,
enhancing their strength, stamina,
and reflexes while suppressing emotions
like fear and empathy in order to create
a batch of super-soldiers.
The project was deemed a failure
and all the women and their genetically-modified children
were eliminated.
Erik tried to escape with Hanna
and her mother Johanna Zadek,
but Wiegler murdered Johanna
before Erik could escape with her
and Hanna to their cabin.

As Erik finishes explaining the truth
to a bewildered Hanna,
Wiegler and Isaacs arrive,
intent on killing them;
Erik acts as a distraction to allow Hanna to escape.
Erik kills Isaacs and his cohort,
but is shot and killed by Wiegler,
who then chases Hanna back
to the abandoned amusement park.
Hanna pleads for an end to the killing,
but Wiegler shoots Hanna,
who in turn wounds Wiegler
with an improvised bow-and-arrow.
As Wiegler attempts to flee,
Hanna hunts her to the top of a tall slide;
a disoriented Wiegler falls down the slide,
dropping her gun.
Hanna picks up the gun,
commenting how she missed Wiegler's heart,
and shoots her dead,
mirroring an earlier event with Hanna
hunting and killing a reindeer.

"I just missed your heart"
said Hanna

The movie was great
with all the action going
and how Hanna's ability is way
more advance than Marissa's people.
However, there's only one
thing which is quite disturbing.

There was one part where
she was staying at a person's place
in Egypt and she didn't know
how to control the TV, fan, and the lights.
She doesn't know any
of the technology.
Then out of the blue,
when she was trying to find some information
about Erik and Marissa as well
as the secret project,
she knew how to use the computer
at a cyber cafe!
In the movie, no one taught her.
She learn about it in a matter of time.
Although her DNA is unusual,
but logically it's just not right.

I guess I'll give it an 8 out of 10?

That's All For Now!
Thank You For The Visit!

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