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Hanna (2011)
April 17, 2011, 9:24 pm
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Director: Joe Wright

A step forward after his drab, workmanlike drama The Soloist, Joe Wright has shed his Pride & Prejudice and Atonement roots for something more visceral, thrilling, and, well, satisfying. While technical proficiencies don’t necessarily make a film, Hanna is quite simply a marvel in every frame – most memorably in a lengthy tracking shot wherein Eric Bana takes out a number of assassins before a single cut. With surrealist visuals inspired by Grimm’s fairy tales, Hanna is far from subtle, but it is a movie so assured in its style, so fresh in its vision, that it immediately sets itself apart from just about every other Hollywood action picture of the past several years. Tom Hollander, who seems to be channeling Eddie Izzard, is memorable as a playfully sadistic henchman, whose whistled playtime theme song becomes a menacing threat.

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