Joe Wright's "Hanna" is a thriller that's stunning to watch, efficient, brutal and cold just like the story's 16-year-old title character.
Hanna, played by Saoirse Ronan, is introduced wearing animal skins and a determined pale-eyed gaze. She's hunting an elk in a snowy forest and downs the beast with a single arrow. While she is field-dressing her kill, a man's voice declares, "You're dead I've killed you." The man is her father, Erik (Eric Bana), who has trained her in the Finnish woods to fight, hunt and kill as well as imparting every fact in the encyclopedia.
What's soon revealed, in droplets of information, is that Erik is a former spy who took Hanna underground as a baby to keep her from a smooth and deadly CIA operative, Marisa Wiegler (Cate Blanchett). When Hanna decides it's time to see the wider world, Erik digs up a long-forgotten transmitter, which Hanna uses to signal Wiegler to fetch her. Hanna ends up in a remote holding facility, but it's not long before she escapes nonchalantly killing several agents and guards en route into the Moroccan desert.