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RE­VIEW Hanna ( M) ★★★★ ■ Di­rec­tor: Joe Wright ( Atone­ment) Star­ring: Saoirse Ro­nan, Eric Bana, Cate Blanchett, Tom Hol­lan­der, Olivia Wil­liams

You can’t han­dle the youth!

A BREATH­LESS and supremely as­sured mash-up of Run Lola Run and The Pro­fes­sional – with a twist of Kick-Ass on the side – Hanna comes storm­ing off the screen as one of the best ac­tion re­leases of 2011.

From Run Lola Run, the film bor­rows break­neck pac­ing and edit­ing, zapped along by a re­lent­less elec­tro sound­track ( the mighty Chem­i­cal Brothers, no less).

From The Pro­fes­sional, it is easy to spot the plot­ting sim­i­lar­i­ties, as we trail a very young woman lit­er­ally fight­ing for her life in a heart­less and vi­o­lent world.

As for Kick-Ass, well, look no fur­ther than the un­healthy re­la­tion­ship shared by the ti­tle char­ac­ter ( Saoirse Ro­nan) and her fa­ther Erik ( Eric Bana).

A one-time con­tract as­sas­sin for a se­cret Amer­i­can agency, Erik has trained his daugh­ter in the dark arts from a very early age.

Hid­ing out in a shack on the rim of the Arc­tic Cir­cle, Erik has hatched a scheme to wreak a fi­nal re­venge on his for­mer em­ploy­ers. He holds them re­spon­si­ble for the death of Hanna’s mother.

And now, to even the score, Hanna will be re­spon­si­ble for their deaths.

Once Hanna – a mere slip of a thing about 14 years old – de­clares she is ready for her macabre mis­sion, Erik sends out a dec­la­ra­tion of war. While the sig­nal is picked up and de­coded by a for­mer as­so­ciate, a steely CIA sta­tion mas­ter named Marisa ( Cate Blanchett), Erik and Hanna make tracks sep­a­rately to­wards the city of Ber­lin, where they will draw their en­e­mies to­wards the site of a fate­ful show­down.

The mid­dle act of the film dwells upon Hanna ap­ply­ing all she has learned while fend­ing for her­self on the open road. With a trio of hench­men on Marisa’s pay­roll fol­low­ing her ev­ery move, Hanna finds cover with a fam­ily of hip­pies camper-van­ning it across Europe.

Once the big chase fi­nally lands in Ber­lin, the tight grip al­ready ex­erted by this ex­pertly made pro­duc­tion in­ten­si­fies.

Ac­tion fans will find lit­tle to fault with what comes to pass.

More se­ri­ous-minded pun­ters who find the whole ex­er­cise a mite too in­cred­u­lous for words can take so­lace in the com­mand­ing per­for­mance of Ro­nan.

With her bleach-white skin, va­cant gaze and un­shake­able re­solve, Hanna is a tricky-to-process mix of vul­ner­a­bil­ity and vi­cious­ness. Ro­nan helps us un­der­stand this ethe­real fig­ure, even though we can rarely re­late to her.

Fac­tor in the im­pec­ca­ble sup­port of the Aus­tralian duo Eric Bana ( his best ef­fort in many years) and Cate Blanchett ( a top-notch vil­lain­ess), and you’re look­ing at the per­fect pack­age of pul­sat­ing chills and pulpy thrills.

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