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Directed by Joe Wright
Rated PG-13, 111 minutes
A unique and stylized revenge fairytale, "Hanna"
flows along at a chaotic and energetic pace.
The story follows Hanna (Saoirse Ronan), a 16-year-old
girl who has been raised by her father, Erik
(Eric Bana), to be the perfect assassin. On
her birthday, Erik gives Hanna a button to push,
which alerts CIA agent, Marissa (Cate Blanchett),
of their location. Erik leaves and agents soon
storm the secluded house, taking Hanna prisoner.
But the men underestimate the little girl and
she escapes, ultimately taking shelter with
a family traveling the countryside. During the
trip, Hanna bonds with a girl her age and discovers
that life is not just about training. But her
joy is short-lived as she must complete her
mission and regroup with her father before it's
too late. Part "The Bourne Identity"
and part "Run Lola Run," "Hanna"
should make a number of critics' top 10 lists
at the end of the year. CV
Directed by Luc Besson
1990, Rated R, 118 minutes
The original "La Femme Nikita" is
an action-packed thrill ride mostly unseen by
American audiences. The film introduced U.S.
movie goers to the frantic style of director
Luc Besson ("Leon: The Professional,"
"The Fifth Element") and caused a
ripple through film and TV with the 1993 film,
"Point of No Return," a remake starring
Bridget Fonda, and two TV shows, "La Femme
Nikita" and "Nikita." But none
of the U.S. versions is as good as the original
French film. The story follows Nikita (Anne
Parillaud), a teenage junkie who kills a cop
after a pharmacy robbery goes wrong. Sentenced
to death, Nikita wakes up in an unfamiliar room.
There she meets Bob (Tcheky Karyo), who gives
her two choices — become an assassin for a special
government agency or die. "La Femme Nikita"
is full of stylized action sequences — including
one in a crowded restaurant — and proved to
audiences that girls can kick ass, too. CV