Action Thriller / TV Series
Is It Worth Watching? Absolutely!
I didn’t enjoy the 2011 film Hanna. Partly because I don’t like Eric Bana, but mostly because I didn’t think Saoirse Ronan was convincing enough as a ruthless assassin. So it was with much trepidation that I began watching the TV Series which is a remake of the film. Also, Amazon’s track record of such programs doesn’t instil one with much faith. But, as it was, I had no reason to worry. The program has taken the very sound concept of the film and improved it immensely.
For those who haven’t seen the film (where’ve you been living?), here is the plot line in one sentence: Since she was a child, Hanna has been trained as an assassin by her father, Erik, far away from civilisation, so that she can kill the CIA agent, Marissa Wiegler, who killed Hanna’s mother and is looking for Hanna. (Lots of commas and conjunctions, but still one sentence!)
The heart of the series is Esme Creed-Miles who plays the titular assassin Hanna. She does the innocent girl who has no idea what the real world is like perfectly. And at the same time her action scenes are flawless. She is quick, angry and ruthless. Hanna is as much an action thriller, as a coming of age story. Even as Hanna fights the people who are coming after her and is just trying to reunite with her father, you can see the way she views the world and her struggle to find a place for herself in it. Creed-Miles is entirely convincing as a teenager who, although with very different teenage problems, wants to rebel in the same way. She is perfectly set-off by Rhianne Barreto‘s Sophie, a foul-mouthed and selfish girl whose only interests are boys and partying, and who is continually pissing-off her parents. Barreto is superb and, at times, even shows up Creed-Miles. The girls strike up a friendship which highlights how different Hanna’s life is from a normal teenager’s, and how much Hanna desires that life of safety and freedom.
Erik Heller, Hanna’s father, is played by the handsome Joel Kinnaman from Altered Carbon and House of Cards and his nemesis, Marissa Wiegler, is played by Mireille Enos from The Killing. Yes, Holder and Linden are together again! And just like The Killing their chemistry in Hanna is great. Enos, however, has a much more interesting character arc. In fact, of all the characters, including Hanna, hers is the most interesting and provides most intrigue and tension.
The program also has an awesome soundtrack. Every single song is just right for the scene and really sets up the mood. But the best one, by far, is the theme song Anti-Lullaby by Karen O. Listen to it here.
Whether you have seen the 2011 film or not, Hanna is a must-watch for action/thriller fans. Some of you may find the pace a bit slow, and in some places it does drag on a bit, but it is still worth watching. Amazon certainly thought so as it has already bought the rights to the second season.