Hanna | Screen | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper


One assassin becomes the target of another in this fizzled thriller

When two sets of professional assassins get in each other's sights, you can pretty much guess what's gonna happen: a lot of chasing, eluding and killing. And because this lot all seem to have an unlimited travel pass to everywhere, also lots of country-hopping, from Virginia to Morocco, with stops in the Arctic and several European countries. But, despite a gimmick -- one of the trained killers is a teen-age girl named Hanna (Saorise Ronan) -- Joe Wright's thriller lacks a decent story. It starts off intriguingly -- Hanna has been raised in the woods by her dad (Eric Bana), and her re-entry into the modern world freaks out an uptight CIA agent (Cate Blanchett), who has some history with the pair. But the longer it goes on, the more run-hide-kill it becomes, and the film's central mystery, when revealed, is a dud. Ronan is an intriguing actress, reunited here with her Atonement director. But this film never delivers the emotional heft it hints at, leaving us with a lot of cartoonish characters on a trans-global killing spree. In English, and various languages, with subtitles. Starts Fri., April 8.