‘Hanna’ Review: Amazon’s Pint-Sized Assassin Mostly Misses the Mark

Collider | 3/25/2019 | Vinnie Mancuso
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Everything about Amazon Prime’s Hanna indicates it should be more fun than it is. It’s adapted from the frenetic, Chemical Brothers-soundtracked film of the same name directed by Joe Wright. It reunites Joel Kinnaman and Mireille Enos on-screen for the first time since the pair starred in The Killing. Its story revolves around a teenaged assassin trained in the woods to kill dudes twice her size with ease. Its first trailer was subtitled with the absolutely wonderful phrase BABY HEIST, for goodness sake. And yet, outside of some tremendous lead performances and a few emotional bright spots, the eight-episode first season brought to life by David Farr (The Night Manager) never kicks into any gear close to what its potential suggests. Which is funny, because there’s a ton of actual kicking going on here. All that woodland training was apparently for naught, because it never really connects.

Kinnaman plays Erik Heller, an ex-CIA operative who rescues a newborn named Hanna from a mysterious, off-the-books government experiment. Heller and the child escape into the snowy Northern Europe wilderness, but Hanna’s mother, Johanna (Joanna Kulig), is killed in the attempt. For fifteen years, Heller trains Hanna as the perfect under-18 killing machine, basically Logan‘s X-23 with a Finnish accent. (She also ages into Esme Creed-Miles.) A chance encounter with a logger her own age sets off a chain of events forcing Heller and Hanna to flee the wilderness, pursued by ruthless CIA agent Marissa Weigler (Enos).

Creed-Miles - Presence - Years - Clio - Barnard‘s

Creed-Miles has a presence that’s shockingly magnetic considering she really only broke out two years ago in Clio Barnard‘s Dark River. The Hanna character is a strange one; it would be so easy to make her a blank slate badness or so much a fish out of water she’s more caricature than...
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