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Review: 'Hanna' A Study In Merciless Violence, Strong Performances And Block Rockin' Beats

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 6, 2011 11:25 AM
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In "Hanna," Academy Award nominee Saoirse Ronan graduates to the next stage of her career, the one that all "respected actors" reach -- the action stage, where her piercing looks and astute natural intelligence are replaced by kicks, punches and improbable stunts. The anomaly, of course, is that Ms. Ronan has become a remarkably accomplished, borderline preternatural performer at a young age, and so the action phase of her career -- admittedly, a brief tour as opposed to the extended sojourn other actresses might enjoy -- has arrived fairly early. Such is the natural gimmick at the heart of "Hanna," one that audiences should find familiar by now: the little girl with wolf's teeth and bear's claws.

Joe Wright Says He Tried To Call Paul Greengrass For Advice On How To Shoot Action For 'Hanna'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 5, 2011 4:42 AM
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At first glance, it's hard to believe that the upcoming teenage assassin flick "Hanna" is from the same director who brought you "Atonement," "Pride & Prejudice" and "The Soloist." Brimming with beautifully choreographed set pieces, you might think it was directed by a seasoned action director, not a helmer giving it a whirl on his first time out. We caught up with director Joe Wright at WonderCon over the weekend and he admitted that he tried to reach out to one of the most influential action directors for the past few years for some tips, but couldn't get past his voicemail.

Saoirse Ronan Stays Coy On 'Hobbit' Casting, Says 'Violet & Daisy' A "Black Comedy" Unlike 'Hanna'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 5, 2011 3:19 AM
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Irish Actress Seems To Agree With Joe Wright About 'Sucker Punch's Empowerment StanceWith the film set to hit theaters this weekend, Focus Features brought “Hanna” director Joe Wright and star Saoirse Ronan to WonderCon in San Francisco over the weekend to talk about their wild-child adventure. We caught up with the actress as she did rounds with press talking about their kinetic action thriller.

Saoirse Ronan Talks Possibility Of Working With Joe Wright Again, Remains Cagey On 'Anna Karenina'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 4, 2011 2:57 AM
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She might be a good half-decade off being able to drink legally, but Saoirse Ronan has already racked up an impressive array of performances in her career so far. What's more, she seems to know a good deal more about media management than actors three times her age -- while a veteran like, say, Michael Caine is constantly thwarting Christopher Nolan's plans for secrecy, Ronan knows how to run rings around the press when it comes to rumors. She's already come out with a firm refusal to confirm or deny just about anything about her rumored presence in "The Hobbit," and when we caught up with the actress at WonderCon over the weekend, where she was promoting her Joe Wright-helmed thriller "Hanna," she stayed pretty mum on the latest speculation -- that she's set to work with the director a third time on his upcoming adaptation of Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina"

'Hanna' Director Joe Wright Calls "Bullshit" On 'Sucker Punch's Faux Feminism

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 3, 2011 7:20 AM
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One of the many things that we took particular umbrage with in reviewing Zack Snyder’s unerringly nasty, totally boring “Sucker Punch,” was its horrible gender politics. Keep in mind that this is a movie in which a bunch of young girls, to escape the psychic and physical pain of getting regularly raped by a swarthy orderly, zap themselves into a make-believe fantasy world in which they wear next-to-nothing, engage in adolescent male videogame theatrics and take orders from a gruff older man (played, with some aplomb, by Scott Glenn).

Tracklist & Sample From The Chemical Brothers' Soundtrack For 'Hanna' Revealed

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 4, 2011 10:43 AM
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Soundtrack Hits Early; March 15th Via iTunesIt seems we're at the the tipping point of a full-blown trend of beat-makers taking on the soundtracks for films, and not only that, with Trent Reznor taking home an Oscar last weekend it's gained legitimacy. Daft Punk already turned heads with their work on "Tron: Legacy" and Basement Jaxx will have their turn later this summer with "Attack the Block," but just around the corner is "Hanna" and the The Chemical Brothers will be providing the pulsating score.

Watch: Two New Clips From Joe Wright's 'Hanna,' Plus A New Poster For The Thriller

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 16, 2011 3:31 AM
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The first few months of the year are always relatively barren, as you may have noticed, but one of the highlights looks to be Joe Wright's "Hanna." A change of pace for the director, best known for his period work on "Pride & Prejudice" and "Atonement," the action-drama stars Saoirse Ronan as a young girl trained by her father (Eric Bana) to be a killer, and pursued by a CIA agent (Cate Blanchett), and we've been looking forward to the film ever since we read the excellent script last year.
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Watch: Trying To Kiss A Teenage Assassin Is Dangerous In New U.K. Trailer For 'Hanna'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 3, 2011 11:04 AM
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We have to admit, the first trailer for Joe Wright's "Hanna" didn't do much for us, not really delivering on the 'Bourne'-esque vibe we were expecting, but the new UK trailer plays much better and points to something perhaps slightly different than the Matt Damon franchise.

New Poster For 'Hanna' Tells You To "Adapt Or Die"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 25, 2011 8:36 AM
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Opinion has been mixed thus far on Joe Wright's forthcoming teenage assassin flick "Hanna." And early look at footage at New York Comic Con was met with a muted response and the first trailer for the film seemed to be a bit all over the place. But there's still a few months to go to sway opinion and a new poster has arrived that hopes to change the tide.

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