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HANNA

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Full Name: Hanna
Nationality: None
Organization: CIA
Occupation Other - Research Experiment

Creator: Seth Lochhead, David Farr
Time Span: 2011 - 2020

ABOUT THE SERIES

       Hanna is a CIA research subject.
       At least she started out as one, as a baby, and years later she was very much wanted back in the program.
       In the months prior to her birth, Hanna's mother was an unwed pregnant girl planning to have the pregnancy terminated when she is approached by CIA operative Erik Heller and offered a chance to become part of a project, which we later learn is called Utrax. The idea of the project was to manipulate the genes of fetes from an array of young women, including the insertion of a small amount of wolf DNA, to increase the strength, endurance, and innate fighting abilities of the child.
       When Hanna's mother had a change of heart about giving the new-born up to the Agency to be raised, she and Heller, who had fallen in love with her, decided to 'steal' the baby and flee, putting the entire program into jeopardy. In the escape attempt, the woman was killed but Heller and the infant managed to escape.
       The powers at the Agency who had green-lit the project in the first place, decided to terminate Utrax and ordered its project lead, veteran operative Marissa Weigler, to destroy all remaining test subjects and erase all evidence of the program's existence.


       Jump ahead 15 years and a now-teenage young girl named Hanna is living in the wilderness of a large forest in Poland (Finland in the movie version), raised by her adopted father Erik and trained every day to be the very best fighter and survivor she could be, all in preparation for the time when the CIA would find them.
       Her skills at hunting and killing and taking care of herself in a wide range of situations, all taught by Heller but very much improved by the enhancements to her DNA, make her a very impressive weapon. She is highly intelligent and quick thinking but she is totally naive about the human interactions. Heller had tried to make her aware of what it was like 'outside', lack of actual contact and personal experience causes considerable problems when she is thrown back into society. Especially since the CIA is still constantly on the lookout for any sign of her existence.


       Once her whereabouts are discovered and Weigler brought back to help in her recapture, Heller decides to let Hanna know the full truth of her origins and in so doing, he and Hanna and even Weigler will all learn that the Utrax program had been restarted and that there are several dozen teenage being indoctrinated into being perfect killing machines totally obedient to their masters.
       Hanna has a new mission far beyond just survival.

MOVIES

Number of Movies:1
First Appearance:2011
Last Appearance:2011

1 Hanna Hanna
Released: 2011

A 16-year-old girl, raised in isolation by her father in the forests of Finland, is given the chance to visit the outside world, even though this will alert the CIA to her existence and bring them after her. She was part of a ultra-secret project to raise super-soldiers from before birth. The project had been terminated and all evidence destroyed - except for her, and the former project leader, Marissa Wiegler, wants that corrected.

TELEVISION


Number of Episodes:16
First Appearance:2019
Last Appearance:2020
Network:Amazon

REGULAR CAST
Esme Creed-MilesHanna [ 1-2 ]
Mireille EnosMarissa Wiegler [ 1-2 ]
Joel KinnamanErik Heller [ 1 ]
Dermot MulroneyJohn Carmichael [ 2 ]
Rhianne BarretoSophie [ 1 ]

     I watched an interview on IMDB with the co-creator, David Farr, who talked of the chance to bring Hanna back for television and how he appreciated the chance to expand on concept of the character. He talked about how the director of the movie had centered on one facet of the storyline but now with greater time, Farr was planning on adding to the Hanna universe and taking it in other directions.

MY COMMENTS

     I loved the heck out of the initial movie. The whole idea of a young person trained non-stop in the wilderness to be a fighting machine was interesting and spooky at the same time. Her knowing that there was an organization devoted to her capture added a lot of suspense but it was her wanting to be 'normal' that made the story so compelling.
     That and the terrific acting of the star of the movie, Saoirse Ronan. As of this writing, she has been nominated for an Academy Award four times. That is some acting chomps.
     I was psyched when I heard the movie was being made into a television series by one of the initial creators, expanding the origin story. The excellent choice of Esme Creed-Miles for the role of Hanna was superb as she was able, like Ronan, to give Hanna both vulnerability and menace. Hanna is a kick-buck heroine able to tackle much bigger and stronger men but at the same time able to be betrayed because she really wants to believe.
     The story is also enhanced tremendously by two actresses who have played CIA operative Marissa Weigler. Cate Blanchett can be soooo very spooky when she wants to be and she must have wanted to be a lot in the movie version. Mireille Enos's version of Weigler is not quite as frightening, perhaps, but still very daunting (I know I would be intimidated all out) but what comes across best to me is in her own way, she is every bit the survivor that Hanna is [guess she would have to be after the end of the movie!]


     I enjoyed a great deal the first season and was very impressed and excited at the direction the second season took. The expected third season is highly anticipated by me.

GRADE

My Grade: A-

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