If violence isn’t the answer, then perhaps you just haven’t framed the question correctly…

by wfgodbold

Hanna has been raised her entire life in a cabin in a forest in the sub-Arctic, her only human companion her father. She convinces him that she is ready for some task, and he lets her flip a transponder switch, setting in motion a chain of events that will put all of the skills she’s spent her life honing to the test.

Her father was a spy of some kind, and his instruction turned Hanna into a formidable warrior as well; she uses her abilities to learn more about her origins and to accomplish the task her father set for her.

We get to watch.

For the most part, the action scenes are well done. One flashback sequence had some of the most annoying shaky-cam filming I’ve seen since the last time I watched a Bourne movie (before swearing off Matt Damon films; I really can’t stand him). The fight scenes had far more stable camera work, but the union guy must have been on strike that day. I guess the only scab they could find was an epileptic with Parkinson’s, cause no camera should shake that much while you’re just watching a woman walk down the road.

That aside, the rest of the movie was pretty good; while Hanna is on her mission, she encounters all the miracles of modern life she’d never seen before (on account of living in a cabin with no electricity), and much time is spent on her reaction to them and the friendship she strikes up with a girl her own age and her family.

While the move wasn’t the best I’d seen (and the trailer plays up the action and glosses over the less actiony parts), it was still pretty good. I’d recommend waiting for the DVD release, though; if you’re going to spend $10 on a movie ticket, you should see something a little less pretentious.

Of course, with Arthur and Your Highness opening, it’s not like there were a lot of options this past weekend for those of us who prefer action and violence to stupid comedy.

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2 Comments to “If violence isn’t the answer, then perhaps you just haven’t framed the question correctly…”

  1. Yeah, I concluded that with Atlas Shrugged opening next week, I was going to hold off on this and fork over the premium necessary for a post-work opening night show. Did not seem to be anything that would not translate well to the small screen, though I could be wrong.

    • No Atlas Shrugged near here, or I’d probably have skipped Hanna as well. It doesn’t look like anything else interesting is hitting theaters until Thor, either.

      Oh well.

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