Hanna (Saoirse Ronan) is 16 years old. She is bright, inquisitive, and a devoted daughter. Uniquely, she has the strength, the stamina, and the smarts of a soldier; these come from being raised by her widowed father Erik (Eric Bana), an ex-CIA man, in the wilds of North Finland. Erik has taught Hanna to hunt, put her through extreme self-defense workouts, and home-schooled her with only an encyclopedia and a book of fairy tales. Hanna has been living a life unlike any other teenager; her upbringing and training have been one and the same, all geared to making her the perfect assassin. But out in the world there is unfinished business for Hanna’s family, and it is with a combination of pride and apprehension that Erik realizes his daughter can no longer be held back. — (C) Focus Features
Scott’s Take – 3 1/2 Stars
I have to admit I wasn’t to keen on seeing Hanna. The thought of a 16-year-old bad ass running around like Leon the Professional seemed a bit far-fetched. Surprisingly, Hanna is a visual feast carried by an impressive performance by Saoirse Ronan. The plot twists are predictable, and you have to check your brain at the door, but I promise you won’t find more bang for your buck this weekend. Hanna is a must own.
Everything Must Go
Adapted and directed by Dan Rush, and based on a short story by Raymond Carver, Everything Must Go tells the story of Nick (Will Ferrell) a career salesman whose days of being on top are long gone. The same day Nick gets fired, for falling off the wagon one last time, he returns home to discover his wife has left him, changed the locks on their suburban home and dumped all his possessions out on the front yard. Faced with his life imploding, Nick puts it all on the line – or more properly, on the lawn – reluctantly holding a yard sale that becomes a unique strategy for survival. — (C) Roadside Attractions
Here we go, we knew it was coming. Will Ferrell was bound to channel his inner Jim Carrey and get all serious on us. Could this be his Man on the Moon? Maybe The Majestic? I want to see Will Ferrell as Ricky Bobby and Ron Burgandy. Nick the depressed salesman, not so much. Nevertheless, I plan on picking up Everything Must Go this week and giving Mr. Ferrell the benefit of the doubt. Has anyone actually seen this? If so give me a shout out and let me know if it’s worth my hard-earned cash.
X-Men: First Class
X-Men: First Class unveils the epic beginning of the X-Men saga – and a secret history of the Cold War and our world at the brink of nuclear Armageddon. As the first class discovers, harnesses, and comes to terms with their formidable powers, alliances are formed that will shape the eternal war between the heroes and villains of the X-Men universe. — (C) Fox
Scott’s Take – REVIEW
Fantastic. This one comes out on Friday. It’s a must own and washes away our memories of Brett Ratner.
Next week the only big release is Thor. Have a great short week!