'Hanna' series review: The teenage assassin's story has its small moments but it mostly misses the mark

Hanna, the Amazon TV series starring Esme Creed-Miles, Joel Kinnaman and Mireille Enos in lead roles will premiere on March 29.


                            'Hanna' series review: The teenage assassin's story has its small moments but it mostly misses the mark

From the get-go, it has to be noted that Amazon's upcoming show 'Hanna' is an interesting watch. Especially if you like the genre of espionage-action series, the show provides a good twist with a teenager playing the lead role. The episode aired right after the SuperBowl in February and set the standards high in terms of narration, visuals and the action sequences and in the following episodes we see pretty much the same. Esme Creed-Miles as Hanna rebelling against her father Erik (Joel Kinnaman), who is an ex-black ops officer is an interesting premise if you haven't seen the 2011 film 'Hanna'. The show is based on the film, however, by expanding it over eight episodes the creator of the show, David Farr, has made it more commercial. The film, on the other hand, was an artistic piece in which the filmmaker could indulge in making Hanna an enigmatic figure. 



 

 

In the tv series, the writers seem to want to understand who Hanna really is and why she is the way she is. Each episode delves deeper into the psyche of Hanna. Beginning with her trust issues, which is spelled out over many episodes to her trained mind that questions everything that a fellow human being does - there is an invisible why that hangs in the air and you find the answers to it the following moments. While the film was a curious piece where a lot was left unsaid, the series takes a lot of pain into getting into the nitty-gritty of Hanna's thoughts, her life and at one point even her movements. This doesn't make the tv series unconsumable, but Hanna is no different than the other run-of-the-mill spy action series, only they have switched a sharp looking female lead with a teenager. 


 
 
 
 
 
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Joel Kinnaman as the father who escaped with baby Hanna and brings her up in isolation is also more outwardly emotional than the father in the film. He worries more about Hanna and her education is not only about skills that could kill, but also about pop culture and helps us understand a little bit of what was probably once his home. He doesn't expect Hanna to rebel, at least not enough to cross the boundaries that he had set for her, and this main difference between the movie and the show drives both in different directions. The former, directed by Joe Wright, featured Hanna as a mysterious figure with a lot about her being unsaid. The latter, however, stretches the plot to over eight episodes and leaves nothing to the audience's imagination. 


 
 
 
 
 
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Hanna Hanna Hanna Hanna. Wow I’m exited. @joelkinnaman @sarahadinasmith @hannaonprime @iammireilleenos

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In terms of the cast, as one watches Esme as the teenage assassin, at any given point, one wouldn't recall Saoirse Ronan's performance because there is no connecting thread. The two are as different as chalk and cheese and that is probably the only reason why the tv series becomes passable. If the makers were to cast someone similar to Ronan, and had they expected performance similar to that of an emotionally unstable, unrelatable teenager, the episodes would have surely turned into a drag. Joel as Erik, the father who saves his baby from becoming one of the many numbered and trained kill machines for an undercover government organization, is also different from the father in the film, portrayed by Eric Bana. Cate Blanchett's role in the series is played by Mireille who plays a comparatively subdued officer who chases Hanna across Germany, Morocco and England. 


 
 
 
 
 
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In essence, Hanna the tv series is more a coming-of-age drama cloaked as an action series than anything else and that is something that makes the show bearable had you not watched and liked the film. In trying to set itself apart from the film, David Farr's version has succeeded in a few places but disappoints a lot of times.