Erik escapes with the baby and hides out in the frozen mountains of Finland, where he trains her to be a first-class assassin. The movie is essentially a chase film, where Hanna tries to escape Marissa and reunite with Erik. But what makes Hanna special are its striking visuals and fairy tale subtext. Blanchett makes a deadly and devastating wicked witch, complete with evil troll Issacs (Tom Hollander) to do her bidding and killing.
|Hanna has been raised to survive in the wilderness|
|The world is wild and wonderful for Hanna|
|Who's afraid of the big bad wolf? Not Hanna.|
Hanna is a little too bloody and even callous to be a movie that one would watch more than once. If director Joe Wright had kept the body count down and upped the magical elements more it might have had a more widespread appeal. But it is still an effective, lethal little thriller. Cate Blanchett was truly scary and Saoirse Ronan even has a princess kiss moment, complete with tutu, although without the usual fairytale outcome for this tough little cookie.