Filmmakers have created a new monster, this time a golden-haired teenager named Hanna, played by “Atonement”-star Saoirse Ronan. Reversing the plot of 18-year-old Mary Shelley’s romantic/Gothic Novel “Frankenstein or The New Prometheus” of 1818, which ended in the Arctic, the story begins in a snowbound climate, shrouded in mystery by her father, Erik, played by Eric Bana, who seems to be training her for a future of Guerilla warfare.
Hanna is an accomplished assassin from the very beginning, as capable with a hand-made bow-and-arrow as with a Glock pistol, both of which she uses to slay a Reindeer for its meat. She does not go to school, there are no electronic devices nor a mother, has nor interface with society, no friends, no MTV.
Who is this girl, Hanna?
Aussie actor Bana is saddled with a strange Scandinavian accent but seems protective and loving to his daughter, Hanna. Then modern technology kicks in: she is being trained to assassinate a woman, Marissa, whom dad tells her is their enemy.
When Hanna feels that she is sufficiently Grunt-ready to take on her murderous assignment, all she has to do is press a Red Light button on a tracking device and ‘they’ will come for her….
And so it goes, Hanna escaping in the snow to evade the planes, helicopters, and well-armed and trained black-clad soldiers now in pursuit of her would-be captors.
No money, no education, little in the way of food, clothing or a Garmin to help her, Hanna takes on the world of black-hearted Evil! All by her little self; But in reality, Hanna was scientifically-created from before her birth to be the perfect soldier, just as the Nazis wanted golden perfection in their blond-haired storm-Troopers. Bottle-fed ‘boot-camp’, you could call it.
Credit Screenplay writers Seth Lochead and David Farr and reminding us of Hitler and the Nazis.
The film is fascinating, no doubt the same way a Cobra grips the attention of its next meal with its cold-eyed stare. You are continually frightened by her and for her, sometimes at the very same moment, with the cool hand of Director Joe Wright.
This woman-against-woman action flick makes you behold two monstrous female villains, Saoirse Ronan and Cate Blanchett. Just as the created-human in Mary Shelley’s teen-age epic was a monster, so was his Scientist-creator, Victor Frankenstein, a point also made very clear in the ongoing limited-release Live release in Movie Theatres of Danny Boyle’s astounding London Stage production of “Frankenstein”.
Both these film-makers are using an 1818 character as a resource to speak about the world as it exists today.
The real-life ‘monsters’ of 2011 are billonnaire ‘Heads-of-State’ who have been milking their citizens for some 30 years of moneys and hand-outs from Oil Companies and oil-needy nations.
Look in the mirror, these two gifted director-writers seem to be saying to us: SEE THE MONSTER?