'Hanna' could be Amazon's best action series yet with intense, exhilarating hand-to-hand combat

'Hanna' stars Esme Creed-Miles in the titular role with Joel Kinnaman and Mireille Enos playing lead characters and will premiere on March 29


                            'Hanna' could be Amazon's best action series yet with intense, exhilarating hand-to-hand combat

Hanna is unlike any teenager we know. She doesn't go to school, doesn't worry about proms and dates, and has no friends to hang out with. She does, however, know to hunt in the wild, bring a man down in hand-to-hand combat, and speak multiple languages.

Amazon's upcoming series 'Hanna' is about this teenager and how she navigates life in the absence of her father. The show is based on the 2011 film of the same name starring Eric Bana and Oscar-nominee Saoirse Ronan. The show stars Esme Creed-Miles in the titular role with Joel Kinnaman and Mireille Enos playing lead characters. 

Hanna, unlike girls her age, is brought up in isolation by a father (Joel Kinnaman as Erik Heller) who is worried about her safety. He is a former black op operative, who abandoned his post and escaped with his baby and his wife. He lost his wife while attempting to escape and has since then lived in the forests of Eastern Europe. He teaches his daughter to brave any situation, and also warns her not to get in touch with humans because they are dangerous. Hanna, now a teenager who is trained to be an assassin herself, is forced to go beyond the boundary set by her father.

A still of Erik Heller and his daughter in Amazon's upcoming show 'Hanna'. (Source: IMDb)
A still of Erik Heller and his daughter in Amazon's upcoming show 'Hanna'. (Source: IMDb)

That's also where the action begins. She is old enough to rebel and successfully sneaks away for the first time to meet a boy that she starts to have feelings for. Agent Marissa (Mireille Enos), who was the reason behind Hanna's mother's death, finds Hanna. But will she be successful in holding on to her?

A still of Erik Heller trying to escape with baby Hanna in Amazon's upcoming show. (Source: IMDb)
A still of Erik Heller trying to escape with baby Hanna in Amazon's upcoming show. (Source: IMDb)

In the trailer for the show, we definitely saw some sharp action scenes with Hanna bringing men heavier and taller than her down with punches and elbow uppercuts. The scenes in the trailer are intense and this is expected to carry over to the show as well.

Hanna, who is used to the wilderness of eastern Europe, has to adapt to an unfamiliar surrounding filled with humans when she escapes from the clutches of Agent Marissa and arrives in a city. The fact that her father taught her to not trust humans affects Hanna adversely and she will be defensive throughout the show.

'Hanna' is expected to be one of Amazon's best action series because the show will feature combat that is mostly hand-to-hand with limited weapon use. There are not many shootouts save for the first episode where Erik, Hanna's father, is hunted by Agent Marissa's men. The fact that Marissa wants to capture Hanna alive also gives room to action scenes that are not too loud but intense.

The show will feature eight episodes and will premiere on Amazon Prime on March 29.