Kapi-Mana News : September 13th 2011
19 KAPI-MANA NEWS, SEPTEMBER 13, 2011 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT 4011618AA THE CHANGE UP (R16) Drug Use, Sex Scenes & Offensive Language 3D FINAL DESTINATION 5 (R16) Graphic Violence HANNA (M) Violence & Offensive Language CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE (M) Offensive Language & Sexual References MR. POPPER'S PENGUINS (G) www.readingcinemas.co.nz OR CALL OUR MOVIE HOTLINE: 04 237 1070 FOR SESSION TIMES PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE ALSO SHOWING IN CINEMAS THURSDAY PHOTO ID REQUIRED FOR ALL (R) & (RP) RATED MOVIES IN CINEMAS THURSDAY READING CINEMAS PORIRUA NORTH CITY SHOPPING CENTRE M R16 O v Lang ge& SxSn 3D IN CINEMAS THURSDAY TBC 3637292AA HAD AN ACCIDENT? We can help with any ACC disputes you may have. Call us today! 04 801 5621 or email us firstname.lastname@example.org www.jmlaw.co.nz JOHN MILLER LAW we also deal with criminal law queries NOW IN PORIRUA ACC NOT WORKING FOR YOU? 3642848AD Winners of the 2010 Business Excellence Awards Property Management is our core business 22 years experience -- we are industry leaders in property management Peace of mind -- taking responsibility for your home or investment, treating your property as if it were our own SPECIALIST RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY MANAGERS Call Quinovic Principal Susie Hunt today DDI: 233 2179 www.quinovic.co.nz Novel approach, not enough spice Hanna Starring Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana, Cate Blanchett, Tom Hollander, Olivia Williams, Jason Flemyng. Screenplay by Seth Lochhead and David Farr, directed by Joe Wright. 111 minutes, rated M (violence, offensive language), showing at Reading Cinemas Porirua. Killer kid: With Hanna film-maker Joe Wright takes deadly heroines in a new cinematic direction, but the whole doesn't match the sum of its parts. Promising start peters out There was a chorus of groans from four dudes sitting behind me when the credits rolled on Hanna. From what I could gather, the movie wasn't the bullet bonanza they, for what- ever reason, had expected from Joe Wright, director of Atonement and Pride & Preju- dice. I imagine it all started promisingly enough: a 14-year-old girl (Saoirse Ronan) raised in the snowy wilderness of Scandinavia by her tough-arse pa (Eric Bana) to be a lethal killing machine. Hanna wages a personal war against the CIA, in particular a very nasty former colleague of her dad's, Marissa (Cate Blanchett). But when Hanna completes her mission (or so she thinks), and happens upon a trav- elling family of hippie Poms, she finds her- self observing and soon enough experienc- ing normal human behaviour for the first time in her life. Cue scenes of tween-age girls becoming BFFs, meeting boys and an increasing fre- quency of fairytale motifs; Hanna being Snow White, Red Riding Hood and perhaps the predatory wolf all in one. Just when a typical action movie would ratchet up the thrills in the second act, Hanna takes a wistful side-step into enchantment and flat out weirdness. It kinda works -- if you don't mind forsaking plausibility for a little creativity. I'm a sucker for a hardcore hit-girl, and I put a big red circle around Hanna as soon as it was slated for release. I had high expectations due to the great cast, Wright's ability to compose striking visuals and the Chemical Brothers soundtrack. All of these hit the mark, but there is something missing from Hanna. Though I applaud the attempt to try something different with the mechanics of an action movie, there isn't enough meat to the story to account for the characters' irrational motivations and despite a fine performance from Ronan, her character remains too much of a shell to nurture our intrigue. Hanna is perhaps a victim of the female assassins who have come before her. Against the acid wit and cartoon punk of Hit Girl (Kick-Ass), the orphan angst of Mathilda (Leon: The Professional), and the kung fu iconicism of The Bride (Kill Bill), Wright's reality-based protagonist comes on meek and ethereal. This is made all the more glaring by the broad strokes applied to Blanchett's sociopathic evil queen'' and her Euro-trash henchmen (led by a disturbing Tom Hollan- der). Maybe I'm more like those guys sitting behind me in the cinema than I thought, but in each of the pictures listed above, the hit-girls were the most memorable ingredi- ent. Hanna is largely forgettable in her own bloody fairy tale.
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