An abstract interpretation of the Little Red Riding Hood children's horror story, Hanna is a stylized shell. Saoirse Ronan plays 16-year-old Hanna. Her father, a former CIA agent named Erik (Eric Bana), trains her in a remote wintry Finland forest to become a killing machine a la La Femme Nikita.
Don't go looking for a plot that even remotely resembles the Grimm Brothers story. A giant, ostentatiously designed wolf-head tunnel entrance is the film's most obvious hat-tip aside from a book of fairy tales that Hanna reads. Hanna adeptly evades danger and doles out the requisite ass-kickings, but there's no sense of logic or reason to her motivations. Hanna might as well be a robot. Director Joe Wright (Pride & Prejudice, Atonement) has gone astray here — sci-fi action is not a good genre for this promising filmmaker to pursue. Grade: C
Opens April 8. Check out theaters and show times, see the trailer and get theater details here.