After her star-making turn in Atonement, no one should have had any doubts that teen actress Saoirse Ronan would be impressing us for the rest of her career. Her performance in Hanna will silence any straggling doubters. Playing a young girl bred with superhuman strength and excellent marksmanship in order to become an assassin, but reared by her ‘father’ to fight and defend herself from the CIA, is not exactly a walk in the park. Australian Eric Bana gives an excellent performance as ex-CIA operative Erik Heller, the man who raises the whipper-sniper. Bana and Ronan have a peculiar chemistry that explodes during their fight scenes, whether sparring or arguing.
Though Cate Blanchett rarely plays the villain, she seems perfectly malevolent as the powerful, compassion-less CIA director out to terminate Ronan and Bana. Fight scenes, chases, brutal deaths and government secrets are united under an exhilarating soundtrack produced by the Chemical Brothers, heightening the suspense and excitement.