Visually, as expected from Joe Wright, the film looks impressive. Wright avoids the typical trick to shake the camera to the point of nauseating the audience. The use of hand-held shots was controlled: it was chaotic enough to accompany the action but not distracting enough to prevent the audience from seeing anything (Battle of Los Angeles, I’m looking at you!). And, you can’t have a Joe Wright film without the long tracking shots (which was one of the better scenes of the film).
Oh, and the score from the Chemical Brothers is nice.
The film suffers from a weak script and an overlong, tedious, and unsatisfactory resolution. Normally I’d forgive the overlong resolution but not in this case. So Hanna (minor spoiler) defeats the bad guys. It just happened too fast, like the script writers ran out of ideas and just wanted to end it immediately.
And I already mentioned the occasionally distracting accent from Cate Blanchett.
Overall, good direction as expected from Joe Wright. Acting was good. I would’ve given the film a 4 out of 5 star rating if only the resolution was satisfactory.
3.5 stars out of 5.