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Hanna

One assassin becomes the target of another in this fizzled thriller

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When two sets of professional assassins get in each other's sights, you can pretty much guess what's gonna happen: a lot of chasing, eluding and killing. And because this lot all seem to have an unlimited travel pass to everywhere, also lots of country-hopping, from Virginia to Morocco, with stops in the Arctic and several European countries. But, despite a gimmick -- one of the trained killers is a teen-age girl named Hanna (Saorise Ronan) -- Joe Wright's thriller lacks a decent story. It starts off intriguingly -- Hanna has been raised in the woods by her dad (Eric Bana), and her re-entry into the modern world freaks out an uptight CIA agent (Cate Blanchett), who has some history with the pair. But the longer it goes on, the more run-hide-kill it becomes, and the film's central mystery, when revealed, is a dud. Ronan is an intriguing actress, reunited here with her Atonement director. But this film never delivers the emotional heft it hints at, leaving us with a lot of cartoonish characters on a trans-global killing spree. In English, and various languages, with subtitles. Starts Fri., April 8.

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