Screen Junkies » eric bana http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:59:56 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 The Film Cult Presents: Hanna http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/the-film-cult-presents-hanna/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/the-film-cult-presents-hanna/#comments Fri, 16 May 2014 17:54:11 +0000 Philip Harris http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=261696 Warning! Spoilers Ahead! I don’t normally review movies this recent, but having just seen it appear on another website’s list of ten movies one may have overlooked in the last...

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I don’t normally review movies this recent, but having just seen it appear on another website’s list of ten movies one may have overlooked in the last several years, I thought I’d give Hanna some due diligence, as I believe/pray/hope it will become a cult classic in years to come. It certainly deserves cult film status. While not a blockbuster, it’s still considered a financial success, having brought in a worldwide total of $63,782,078. While the movie’s numbers are solid, the fact remains many still have never even heard of or seen this film, which is disheartening because I think it’s one of the best films made in the last five years.

The premise is your classic sixteen-year-old girl who lives in the woods with her dad and has been trained as a total bad-ass ninja then is told she must meet her dad in Berlin after he alerts the CIA to their whereabouts. Hanna is also told that a woman named Marissa will try to kill her, so she better have been paying attention during all those karate and hunting lessons. Well, everything goes to plan, and maybe this is the only flaw in the movie: the big “reveal” is seen from a million miles away and everything expected to happen generally does. But, what happens is so much fun and exquisitely shot that I give the movie a pass for running out of steam three-quarters in.

In no small part is Hanna’s awesomeness due to its cast, which includes the queen of everything Beyoncé isn’t, Cate Blanchett, who celebrated a birthday earlier this week. As Marissa, her steely eyes and perfect southern accent give her such a sinisterly fun quality, one can’t help but be seduced by her intensity and earnestness, knowing full well that she wants to kill Hanna and you, if she had the chance. It’s one of Cate’s more understated roles (no Oscar nods or monarchs here) but it’s one of her most underrated. Incidentally, for another underrated Cate Blanchett vehicle, you should rent Bandits. She’s hilarious.

Moving on, Eric Bana, who I’d love to be my daddy stuck in the woods with any day of the week, plays Hanna’s father with an iron jaw and focused precision that wreaks of strength and confidence. Little good it does him. Saoirse Ronan, whom everyone should go see in The Grand Budapest Hotel, as Hanna has an ethereal beauty to her, so much so that one can almost believe that, while she’s a cold-blooded killer, her innocence is completely intact. Speaking of cast, keep an eye out for Michelle Dockery, Lady Mary herself, in an almost missable moment.

Cinematography is the other main reason this movie is so engrossing. The opening shots of a snow-covered Finland give justice to the stark beauty inherent to a desolate landscape. The same can be said for the shots taken of the dessert when Hanna escapes the CIA. To start in a landscape that feels very “north of the wall” then to take the viewer to the desert, where you can almost feel your own arms begin to sunburn, only to end up in an abandoned amusement park in the German forest leads me to believe that the filmmakers knew the whole film couldn’t run, as no story can, on premise alone. Run out of story? Only have chases left? Perfect, use stylistic choices any serious Tumblr addict would go mad for.

In reviewing this film, I’d also be remiss to mention several fun sequences. The first is when an English family help Hanna escape the desert. Hanna finds her equivalent in this family, a girl named Sophie, who is the comic core of the whole film. She delivers her quips in such perfectly obnoxious way you can’t help but be sad when Hanna must leave them behind. Really, Sophie’s hilarious. Also not to be missed is a super-quick fight sequence with Eric Bana. Again, it’s really the style here that’s most important. I don’t think this scene is an ode to The Wiz, but I could be wrong, because it looks like the same set, to me anyway. And finally, the other great scene is the chase in the shipyard, where all those crates provide enough wacky opportunities to give the whole thing a Bond feel that is rad as fuck.

With that, Hanna is an awesome film about a teenager ninja with a face made for Instagram. She’s got a hot dad, a secret she doesn’t even know, and one of the greatest actresses of our time is trying to kill her. What more could the public want beside a plot and premise that saw its way through to the end of the movie? Everyone’s so picky these days. This is a fun movie with gorgeous shots, hot actors, and yes even some great one-liners.

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Review: Hanna http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-hanna/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-hanna/#comments Thu, 31 Mar 2011 19:40:32 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=204798 The action is cool, the characters are memorable and it’s made in a clear, exciting way.

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Hanna is the kind of action movie I enjoy, where you understand the visual language. You see a lot without explanation, and what you don’t quite see often tells more of the story. Modern audiences may call this revolutionary. Let’s go with “old school.”

In her first scene hunting a deer, Hanna (Saoirse Ronan) disappears instantly with a camera move. We always see stealthy killers disappearing in a cut, but it means a lot more to show it fluidly. Hanna’s been trained out in the snow by her father, Erik (Eric Bana). If the deer didn’t convince you, her fight with Erik shows you she’s got skills.

Marisa Wiegler (Cate Blanchett) is introduced dramatically, from behind during her daily routine. That pays off later when she brushes her teeth with less confidence. Wiegler provides a brief dossier, something genetic about Hanna and covert about Erik. She’s the bad guy.

I’m being glib because I think it’s perfect that they don’t over explain too much. Eventually you learn exactly what’s special about Hanna but only when it dramatically pays off. As far as I’m concerned they could leave it vague. We just need to know there’s a basic relationship and antagonism. The story and the actors deliver the gravitas without explaining this is why they’re acting this way.

You completely understand the methodology of Hanna’s skills. When she escapes, you don’t exactly see all her moves but you know what she’s doing and how she’s leveraging her opponents. In a flashback for Wiegler, you hear a car crashing off camera, because what’s important is Wiegler’s action. A gunfight has all to do with Wiegler reaching her gun some distance ahead of her.

Hanna is not just an action thriller though. Hanna hooks up with a traveling family in an RV. Their daughter, Sophie (Jessica Barden), is such a spoiled brat it’s an adorable counterpoint. When her mom (Olivia Williams) asks Hanna how her mom, her blunt honesty is priceless.

This is all a very technical way of saying Hanna is awesome. The action is cool, the characters are memorable and it’s made in a clear, exciting way.

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Hanna http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/hanna/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/hanna/#comments Wed, 30 Mar 2011 19:07:04 +0000 Reza F. http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=24926   Director: Joe Wright Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana Synopsis: A 16-year-old who was raised by her father to be the perfect assassin is dispatched on a mission...

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Director: Joe Wright

Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana

Synopsis: A 16-year-old who was raised by her father to be the perfect assassin is dispatched on a mission across Europe, tracked by a ruthless intelligence agent and her operatives.

Release Date: April 8, 2011

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Watch ‘Hanna’ Kill Some FBI Agents. Ugh, Teenagers!! http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/watch-hanna-kill-some-fbi-agents-teenagers/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/watch-hanna-kill-some-fbi-agents-teenagers/#comments Tue, 15 Feb 2011 19:04:26 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=27019 Hug it out, bitch.

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This tense clip from Joe Wright‘s Hanna shows us what happens when Seahorse Regimine Saoirse Ronan and Cate Blanchett‘s decoy agent (worst job ever) decide to hug it out while Blanchett watches helplessly in her standard issue Agent Scully costume. If  the rest of the film stands up to this scene, we’re in for a treat. And if it does well enough, maybe we’ll see a Hanna Vs. Hit Girl spin-off. (Guardian)

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Jason Statham Called Upon Once Again For His Transporting Skills http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/jason-statham-called-upon-once-again-for-his-transporting-skills/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/jason-statham-called-upon-once-again-for-his-transporting-skills/#comments Thu, 10 Feb 2011 13:49:02 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=26070 Put on your rubber underwear because I have surprising news. Jason Statham is circling a movie about a fellow who needs to deliver an item from point A to point B.

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Put on you rubber underwear because I have surprising news. Jason Statham is circling a movie about a fellow who needs to deliver an item from point A to point B. There’s no mention whether or not his character is good at driving cars or not but that pretty much is a given.

Based on the novel Firewall, Echelon follows Nick Stone, an Secret Air Services soldier caught between the Russian Mafia and western secret agents trying to get their hands on the Echelon computer program. Eric Bana was originally attached to the lead but has since left the project. Good. Nothing against Bana because I’ve always enjoyed his work. It’s just that when you have a film about transporting money, weapons, tech, or hot Asians there’s really only one actor to be considered for the role. Jason Statham. And if he can’t do it, feel free to call Jeffrey Dean Morgan. (Deadline)

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‘Hanna’ and ‘Source Code’ Drop Some Posters On Us http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hanna-and-source-code-drop-some-posters-on-us/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hanna-and-source-code-drop-some-posters-on-us/#comments Tue, 25 Jan 2011 22:35:16 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=22253 'Source Code' and 'Hanna' marketing departments get all visual up in this piece.

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The widely-anticipated Source Code, Duncan Jones‘ follow-up to Moon, shows Jake Gyllenhaal running away from photographs that are trying to eat him. Which is always a tricky situation. Jake plays an operative who becomes embedded in the last eight minutes of a man’s life in order to both solve a crime and prevent another one, but to do so, he must relive those minutes over and over in order gather clues. So the photos are clues. Or keepsakes. Only time will tell. (Coming Soon)

Today also marks the release of a poster for Hanna, starring Eric Bana and Saoirse Ronan, in which a girl (Ronan) is trained to kill her CIA agent father (Bana). By all accounts, the movie is supposed to be exceptional, and the poster does those sentiments justice. The simplicity of it is striking, as are Ronan’s baby blues. (Film School Rejects)

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Saoirse Ronan Kills First, Asks Questions Never http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/hannah-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/hannah-trailer/#comments Mon, 20 Dec 2010 23:46:57 +0000 Col. Longshanks http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=13003 Someone put a leash on Saoirse Ronan. In this new trailer for Joe Wright's Hannah, she attempts to claw Eric Bana's face off, and successfully kills Cate Blanchett's stand-in.

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Someone put a leash on Saoirse Ronan. In this new trailer for Joe Wright‘s Hannah, she attempts to claw Eric Bana’s face off, and successfully kills Cate Blanchett’s stand-in. If Blanchett did stunts herself we would have lost a treasured thespian. Child actors, man. Animals.

In the film, Ronan plays a Swedish teenage assassin who was trained by her father, an ex-CIA spook. He sends her out on a mission, shit gets real, she bolts, and agents dispatched by ruthless operative Blanchett give chase. You mess with Blanchett’s stand-in, you mess with Blanchett herself. Or someone playing her.

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That Eric Bana Is Keeping Busy http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/that-eric-bana-is-keeping-busy/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/that-eric-bana-is-keeping-busy/#comments Fri, 17 Dec 2010 16:13:02 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=12751 Looks like Eric Bana won't have a chance to play with his Christmas toys. He's just signed on to a new crime thriller and has his eye on the presidency for another role.

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"Up top! Nobody? No? Aw krikey."

Looks like Eric Bana won’t have a chance to play with his Christmas toys. He’s just signed on to a new crime thriller and has his eye on the presidency for another role.

Bana has signed on to Kin, opposite Olivia Wilde and Charlie Hunnam. In the film he and Wilde play siblings on the lam who encounter an ex-boxer played by Hunnam. Writer Zach Dean has said he came up with the idea while trapped on an airplane with faulty landing gear. I do my best thinking while crapping too.

In addition to Kin, Bana is practicing the proper pronunciation of Timur Bekmambetov‘s name before the two meet to discuss Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. It’s not a done deal by any stretch but if Bana can rock the stove-pipe hat, the role just might be his. Unless Liam Neeson steps up to the plate. We kinda owe him a Lincoln role. (via Variety and The Wrap)

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