Hanna (film)
Directed by Joe Wright
Produced by Leslie HolleranMarty Adelstein Scott Nemes
Screenplay by David Farr Seth Lochhead
Story by Seth Lochhead
Starring Saoirse RonanEric BanaTom HollanderOlivia WilliamsJason FlemyngCate Blanchett
Music by The Chemical Brothers
Cinematography Alwin H. Kuchler
Editing by Paul Tothill
Studio Marty Adelstein Productions Studio Babelsberg
Distributed by Focus Features
Release date(s) April 8, 2011 (2011-04-08) (United States) May 6, 2011 (2011-05-06) (United Kingdom) May 26, 2011 (2011-05-26) (Germany)
Running time 111 minutes
Country Germany United Kingdom United States
Language English French German Italian Arabic Spanish
Budget $30 million[1]
Gross revenue $48,651,206 [2]


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Hanna (film)

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Hanna is a 2011 European/American action thriller film directed by Joe Wright. The film stars Irish actress Saoirse Ronan as the title character with Eric Bana and Cate Blanchett. The film was released in North America on April 8, 2011 and in Europe on May 5, 2011.


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Hanna Heller (Saoirse Ronan) is a 14-year-old girl who lives with her father, Erik Heller (Eric Bana) in the wilderness of Finland. Ever since she was born, Hanna has been trained by Erik to become an assassin. As part of her training, she has never come into contact with modern technology and has memorized a series of fake back stories for herself to be used when the time comes.

One night, Hanna approaches Erik and tells him that she is "ready", and he retrieves a box containing an old transmitter, which he gives to her. After analyzing the situation, Hanna flips the switch, sending a signal of her location to Marissa Wiegler (Cate Blanchett), a corrupt CIA agent. 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. There, she discovers that Erik is a former CIA agent who betrayed the agency and knows a secret that can't become public. Marissa has been assigned to kill him, but Hanna has been trained to kill Marissa by Erik. Knowing that Hanna was captured too easily, Marissa sends a body double (Michelle Dockery) to speak with Hanna. Hanna kills the false Marissa, breaks free and escapes the compound.

While on the run through the desert, she meets Sebastian (Jason Flemyng) and Rachel (Olivia Williams), and befriends their daughter Sophie (Jessica Barden). They decide to help her go to Berlin, after she tells them her fake back story. Meanwhile, Marissa hires a mercenary called Isaacs (Tom Hollander) to capture Hanna while she goes after Erik, who is in Germany. Later, Isaacs and his men corner Hanna and the family, but she manages to escape after killing one of Isaacs' men. The boy of the captured family, who has a crush on Hanna, is tricked into telling Marissa that Hanna is heading for Berlin.

In Berlin, Hanna meets with one of her father's associates, who lives in an abandoned amusement park, to rendezvous with her father. However, Marissa and Isaacs locate them. They kill Erik's associate, but Hanna escapes. She eventually meets with her father at her grandmother's apartment, where she discovers that Marissa 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, however, deemed a failure by the CIA higher-ups and all the women and their genetically-modified children were eliminated. Erik, unwilling to allow Hanna and her mother to be killed, tried to escape with them, but Marissa murdered Hanna's mother before Erik could escape with Hanna to their cabin, where, in complete isolation, Erik was able to train her to avenge her mother while preventing the CIA from locating them.

Their discussion is interrupted by Marissa and Isaacs as Erik acts as a distraction to allow Hanna to escape. Erik kills Isaacs and his cohort, but is shot and killed by Marissa. Marissa then chases Hanna back to the abandoned amusement park where the two finally have a stand off. Hanna pleads for an end to the killing, but Marissa shoots Hanna, who in turn wounds Marissa with an improvised bow-and-arrow. As Marissa attempts to flee, Hanna hunts her to the top of a tall slide causing Marissa to fall down the slide, dropping her gun. Hanna picks up the gun, commenting how she missed Marissa's heart, and shoots her.


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  • Saoirse Ronan as Hanna Heller
  • Cate Blanchett as Marissa Wiegler
  • Eric Bana as Erik Heller
  • Jessica Barden as Sophie
  • Tom Hollander as Isaacs
  • Olivia Williams as Rachel
  • Jason Flemyng as Sebastian
  • Michelle Dockery as False Marissa
  • Lindsay Morrison as Bearded Tourist
  • Robert Wintrip and Nathan Somerville as Wildly Gesticulating Diners


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Filming locations included northern Finland near Kuusamo, followed by several locations in Germany including Bad Tölz, Berlin's Studio Babelsberg, and the abandoned amusement park Spreepark, and Hamburg, and then Ouarzazate and Essaouira in Morocco. Temperatures during the Finland shoot sometimes fell as low as -33°C but Ronan said "Finland did bring out the fairy tale aspects of the story. We were shooting on a frozen lake, surrounded by pine trees covered in snow." Most of the filming occurred at Studio Babelsberg.Danny Boyle and Alfonso Cuarón were previously attached to direct the film, before it was confirmed that Joe Wright would direct it, after Ronan prompted the producers to consider him.

The film's story and script were written by Seth Lochhead while a student in the Writing program at Vancouver Film School. He finalized the script in 2006 with David Farr providing later changes. Lochhead wrote the original story and script on spec. Ronan commented on her character, saying: "We meet her as she goes out on her own, and when she does she is fascinated by everyone and everything she comes across. My favorite quality of hers is that she is non-judgmental; she shows an open mind to, and a fascination with, everything."

In an interview with Film School Rejects, Joe Wright cited David Lynch as a major influence on Hanna. On The Chemical Brothers score, he said: "You can expect an extraordinarily loud, thumping, deeply funky score that will not disappoint."


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On December 20, 2010, the first official trailer was released, the international trailer being released on February 3, 2011. On March 11, 2011, Focus Features released two television advertisements for their movie, which can be viewed on their YouTube account under the playlist "Hanna". The official soundtrack, composed by The Chemical Brothers, was released 1 March 2011 on iTunes.


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Hanna received generally positive reviews. It holds a 72% favorable rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 169 reviews with the consensus stating "Fantastic acting and crisply choreographed action sequences propel this unique, cool take on the revenge thriller." Justin Chang of Variety states that "Joe Wright's 'Hanna' is an exuberantly crafted chase thriller that pulses with energy from its adrenaline-pumping first minutes to its muted bang of a finish."Roger Ebert also provided positive feedback commenting "Wright combines his two genres into a stylish exercise that perversely includes some sentiment and insight".

According to Hollywood Reporter, Hanna came in second place at the U.S. box office in its first weekend behind Hop.


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