Hanna (Ronan) is a teenage girl. Uniquely, she has the strength, the stamina, and the smarts of a soldier; these come from being raised by her father (Bana), an ex-CIA man, in the wilds of Finland. 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. The turning point in her adolescence is a sharp one; sent into the world by her father on a mission, Hanna journeys stealthily across Europe while eluding agents dispatched after her by a ruthless intelligence operative with secrets of her own (Ms. Blanchett). As she nears her ultimate target, Hanna faces startling revelations about her existence and unexpected questions about her humanity.
With the speakers blasting a trailer of the upcoming film to the original music of The Chemical Brothers we watched some amazing action scenes yet to be showed to the mass public. With stunts being done by Jeff Imada who's work you will know from such movies as Blade, Fight Club, Bourne and Iron Man 2. Director Wright made a point of pointing out while he loved the action in Bourne he did NOT in any want to copy that style. The whole team worked really hard to keep it "Bourne free" if you will, while still showing off some amazing skill. At the same time keeping the fighting accurate to what a 16 year old girl would be capable of.Director Wright also talked a bit about his choice of character for the thugs in the film, molding them from bullies in his past and reveling in the fact that they get beat up by a girl. :) The audience ate that one up. In respect to his personal views of women being objectified in film, he really wanted to stay away from anything in that arena. Wright made a point to touch on a few movies, some out now, that put women in bikinis and call it "Girl Power".
A question from the audience about Hanna possibly being available in DBOX was met with blank stares. Wright was unfamiliar with DBOX and frankly he personally was not all that interested in "moving seats". I myself have viewed and reviewed movies that did offer the DBOX experience (Inception, Tron and The Expendables), and while it's a bit pricey to enjoy at every movie, and really unnecessary, I do enjoy it from time to time. Adds an extra element to the overall movie experience. But to each their own.
Saoirse Ronan, who was attending her first Con was poised and beautiful as she talked more about her character and how she had to literally clear her mind of everything in order to become Hanna. With stunningly gorgeous blue eyes that just sparkled, I am ashamed to admit, I was a little distracted at times as I just watched her eyes. lol. What?! They were so pretty! ;)
From what we could gather at the panel, this movie is NOT what you are expecting. If you like Kill Bill type of movies this one should be a good fit for you. I personally can't wait to check it out, review to follow after the release date this weekend!