HANNA follows the journey of an extraordinary young girl raised in the forest, as she evades the relentless pursuit of an off-book CIA agent and tries to unearth the truth behind who she is.
In equal parts high-concept thriller and coming-of-age drama, HANNA follows the journey of an extraordinary young girl raised in the forest, as she evades the relentless pursuit of an off-book CIA agent and tries to unearth the truth behind who she is.
“The movie Hanna (directed by Pride & Prejudice and Atonement helmer Joe Wright) didn’t get a lot of hype when it arrived in theaters in America and the UK in spring 2011, but it performed fairly well at the box office, and started building more of a fanbase once it hit home video and cable. Amazon’s take tells a more detailed version of the film’s story about a young girl named Hanna (Saoirse Ronan in the original, Esme Creed-Miles on TV), raised in the chilly northern European wilderness by a fugitive secret agent (Eric Bana on the big screen, and Joel Kinnaman on the small) to be a ruthless killing machine.
This new Hanna replaces the film’s flashy visual style with a greater emphasis on character, stretching a sheltered adolescent’s first engagement with the civilized world (and with her mysterious nemesis, played on TV by Mireille Enos) into extended vignettes that explore her alienation and curiosity. Action fans might find the show a little slow and somber, but those who appreciate mature drama should love how Creed-Miles (the daughter of accomplished actress Samantha Morton) makes the title character into a sympathetic, tragic figure who’s spent her entire life as an unwitting pawn in someone else’s game.
The first Hanna script was written by Lochhead and revised by Farr, but it still shares common themes with Farr’s TV work. As a contributing writer on series like Spooks, Outcasts, McMafia, and Troy: Fall of a City, Farr has often taken the rough outline of genre stories — a spy thriller, a science fiction drama, an international crime saga, a historical action epic — and shaded it with the finer details of the characters’ domestic concerns. He seems especially drawn to stories about parenting and family bonds, and how they’re affected by extreme life-or-death situations.” – The Verge
The song featured in the trailer is “Bullet With Butterfly Wings” performed by Karen O, originally by the Smashing Pumpkins.