A special mention must go to the music found in the film. The latest in the line of music artists to turn to scoring movies – after the likes of Johnny Greenwood of Radiohead (There Will Be Blood) and the French electro duo Daft Punk (Tron: Legacy) – is The Chemical Brothers and while it may sound a strange combination their pulsing music perfectly suits the gleefully frantic pace of Hanna’s narrative. It so easily could have backfired and been a distraction but luckily the music fits in completely.
If you thought all director Joe Wright made was dramas like The Soloist or romantic period pieces like Atonement and Pride & Prejudice then think again. Hanna is proof enough that he has what it takes to make one hell of an action/thriller, providing some of the best chase and hand-to-hand combat scenes of the last couple of years. But there’s also a lot of weight to be found here which makes Hanna more than just your average action movie. Exciting, peculiar, funny in places, emotional, dramatic – Hanna has something for just about every type of film fan. Impressive stuff indeed.