How does Hanna the Amazon TV show stack up against the movie? Here's what you need to know
Amazon's TV show Hanna is based on the 2011 movie of the same name, but with one big difference. Here's what the makers have revealed so far.
Amazon Prime Video's 'Hanna', based on the life of a teenager trained by her father -- an ex-covert ops officer -- to defend herself from when she was a child, is inspired by the 2011 film of the same name. The show's first episode showed Esme Creed-Miles perfect the art of staying off the radar with the help of her father Erik Heller (Joel Kinnaman) who taught her different languages, including French and Danish. She worked on one-on-one combat, learned to hunt in the wilderness of eastern Europe where she lived with her father -- away from the influence of technology and other human beings. Aircraft in the sky intrigued her, her father's insistence that humans were dangerous confused her, especially when she met another human for the first time.
The series received a positive reception when the first episode was aired on the streaming site for 24 hours after the Superbowl. It also managed to set itself apart from the film. The film saw Saoirse Ronan play the role of Hanna and was written by David Farr, who is also working on the series.
The first episode, titled 'Forest', shed light on Hanna's background, which was something that only mentioned in passing in the film. Her training with father and how CIA agent Marissa Weigler (Mireille Enos) manages to recruit her and train her to be an assassin will be a big part of the series, similar to what was seen in the film. What it does expand on, however, is how her father Erik breaks baby Hanna out of a facility in Romania with the help of his wife Johanna (Joanna Kulig). As opposed to the film, in the series, Joanna is not shot dead by Marissa, but dies in a car crash while Erik escapes with Hanna and makes the forest their home.
In the series, Hanna's only connection to her mother is the lullaby that plays in the background. She doesn't have the Grimm's Fairytale book that Saoirse's Hanna had in the film. The series is also much more rudimentary when it comes to Hanna's training. Erik doesn't have encyclopedias in the series to help him train Hanna. Everything that he teaches her is from memory and hence the conversation about American pop culture is much more personal. It shows a bit of the bond that Hanna has with her father.
This also hints at a bigger divergence for the show. In the film, Erik was sure that Hanna would want to get in touch with Marissa and had a plan in place to escape. In the series, however, Erik has no intention of letting Hanna go beyond the boundaries he set up for her. He prioritises her safety first, and similarly, when Hanna hears that she is about to be shot, she sacrifices herself in the series to help her father get away from Marissa's team.
The entire arc of Hanna meeting a 17-year-old boy in the series, who then takes her on her first date, becomes a point of conflict unlike in the film, where it was all preplanned. Here Hanna begins to question her father's training and his insistence on isolation only when she almost gets caught by Marissa's people.
From just the first episode, what is clear is that Hanna is more vulnerable in the series than in the film and Erik is more severe and overprotective than his big screen counterpart. This also signifies that the TV series will have a depth lacking in the film, which did not fare well at the Box Office. The series is all about Hanna finding out who she is really and why people want her dead.
Hanna will be released in March on Amazon Prime Video.