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(2011), PG-13 [R-13*] (1hr 43.1min)

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September 8, 2011
September 8, 2011

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(2011), PG-13 [R-13*] ... is engineered to make a better soldier.

Production (US): Universal Studios
Distribution (US): Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Director(s): Joe Wright
Producer(s): Leslie Holleran, Marty Adelstein, Scott Nemes, Barbara Hall, carl Woebcken, Christopher Fisser, Henning Molfenter, Josephine davies
Screenplay by: Seth Lockhead, David Farr
Story: Seth Lockhead
Cinematography/Camera: Alwin Küchler
Music: The Chemical Brothers
Film Editing: Pail Tothill
Casting: Jine Jay
Art Direction: Sarah Norton, Ralf Schreck
Production Design: Sarah Greenwood
Viewed on Universal Studios Home Entertainment DVD

Young adult Hanna (Saoirse Ronan) is loved by everyone she knows. All one of them. Her father, Erik (Eric Bana). Since shortly after Hanna's birth Erik has raised her to be able to protect herself in the life he knows is coming because of the life he led.

Erik trained Hanna day after day to survive the harshest environment and the most cunning and capable assailant. Hanna is a marksman and speaks several languages and is capable of surviving the wilderness as well as surviving the wilder ones who await her. One day Hanna decided she is ready. Ready to leave the security of solitude in the frozen wastelands in which she has grown up.

The life Erik led that will be a danger for Hanna is Erik recruited pregnant women for experimentation on the fetuses. Hanna's mother, Johanna (Vicky Kreips) was one.

Hanna is a genetically engineered human: is engineered to have reduced fear and pity, increased strength and heightened senses; is engineered to make a better soldier. The human engineering project has since been terminated and the loose ends - Hanna being the last one - must be eliminated.

A lot of people love Hanna, rather, would love to get her. Led by CIA agent Marissa Weigler (Cate Blanchet), a band of government-sanctioned no-goods strike out to strike Hanna down. For nearly 20 years Weigler has been waiting for Hanna ad Erik to resurface.

Now that Hanna has decided that she is ready, Erik digs up a transmitter he has had at the ready for just such an occasion. Eventually, while Erik is out hunting, Hanna flips the switch of the transmitter and things start to happen.


Following are brief discussions of the content per individual CAP investigation area. As always the Findings section of this report is the best source for discovering the full accounting of the content of this film.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
The listing of violence findings shown in the Findings section is far to extensive to try to summarize here. Please look to that listing for a complete accounting of the violence findings.

While the expanse of findings makes it counterproductive to summarize them here, such a vast list makes it wise to remind our readers of God's Word about violence. Among many other verses, Proverb 16:29 warns us that violence is "catching": that it can lead one "into the way that is not good." Further, since God published His findings about violence man has plagiarized God's Word and published his own findings about violence: that viewing violence in and as entertainment can, among other negative behavioral mechanics, lead youth into real life violence and can lead them into thinking that violence is an acceptable means of settling conflict. But do we listen?

Impudence/Hate (I) - 64 out of 100
Six times someone utters some form of profanity plus one use of the most foul of the foul words. [Eph. 5:4, Eph. 4:29, Col. 3:8] Lies did not help this area score. [Rev. 21:8] Besides the lying and the profanity, home invasion was the only matter applicable to this investigation area.

Sexual Immorality (S) - 29 out of 100
Most of the sexually-oriented content of this film involved 19 year old Jessica Barden portraying Sophie, the adolescent daughter of a traveling family. Sophie sneaked away with Hanna from her parents at night in a foreign country and picked up two local young male adults. Sophie hit on her "partner" and showed sexual aggression by reaching over and kissing him on the mouth after having met him just a few hours earlier. Sophie also spoke numerous times of sexual matters such as wanting to be a lesbian. In addition, during a sleep-together she and Hanna kissed on the mouth. Sophie was clearly a sexual device of the filmmakers, a finding further evidenced by the camera angles and poses used on and with Sophie. If the Sophie character and her sexual contributions were left out the Sexual Immorality investigation area score would have been 77 out of 100 instead of 29. The sexual contribution by an "adolescent" in this film was responsible for 48 of the 71 points lost, more than half of the total loss of points in this investigation area. So, because of adolescent Sophie, the score due to the content in this area is R-equivalent (29) instead of PG-equivalent (77). Portraying an adolescent as sex-crazed! Since were are, to a degree, a product of that to which we are exposed in life, why do you suppose some adolescent girls adapt such a behavior mechanic as that portrayed by Sophie? [Gal. 5:19, 1 Thess 4:1 - 7]

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 81 out of 100
The alcohol and/or drug content of this film is atypical of most PG-13 films. There is booze and drinking and smoking plus one failed attempt to sell drugs but that is all.

Offense to God (O) - 61 out of 100
God's name is used in vain five times but each without the four letter expletive, three of them by an adolescent. [Deut. 5:11] In addition, Sophie's mother, Rachel (Olivia Williams) speaks acceptingly of polytheism and some research illustrations depict evolution.

Murder/Suicide (M) - 55 out of 100
Many characters die in this film. Some by defensive killing. Some by out and out murder. Of all the killings, five were murders: murder by ink pen, gunfire and arrow.


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  • Prov. 16:29 A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good. [The issue is the violence, the 'way that is not good' no matter how "small" or "fantasy" or "justified" the violence might seem, and its "leading" effect on the observer. "A violent man" can be any character of any age, any gender, human or not in the act of committing (demonstrating in the case of entertainment) violent behavior/action whether for good or evil OR the violent behaviors/actions themselves. Such exposure can and does embolden the viewer into aggression, especially youth. It took years for the American professional health community to finally affirm, probably without knowing it, that which God told us in 1 Cor. 15:33 below. See also Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children: Congressional Public Health Summit for more information. Their findings include:
    --> Children who see a lot of violence are more likely to view violence as an effective way of settling conflicts. Children exposed to violence are more likely to assume the acts of violence are acceptable behavior.
    --> Viewing violence can lead to emotional desensitization towards violence in real life. It can decease the likelihood that one will take action on behalf of a victim when violence occurs.
    --> Entertainment violence feeds a perception that the world is a violent and mean place. Viewing violence increases fear of becoming a victim of violence, with a resultant increase in self-protective behavior and a mistrust of others.
    --> Viewing violence may lead to real life violence. Children exposed to violent programming at a young age have a higher tendency for violent and aggressive behavior later in life than children who are not so exposed.
    Further, God speaks darkly of violence 56 times in the Old and New Testament of the KJV.]
  • Eph. 4:29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving
  • Col. 3:8 But now ye also put off [rid yourself of] all these; anger, wrath, malice [kakia: ill-will, desire to injure, wickedness, depravity, evil, trouble, not ashamed to break laws, etc.], blasphemy [blasphemia: impious and reproachful speech injurious to divine majesty], filthy communication [aischrologia:foul speaking, low and obscene speech] out of your mouth.
  • Rev. 21:8 But the [unforgiven] fearful [cowardly], and unbelieving, and the abominable [vile], and murderers, and whoremongers [sexually immoral], and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
  • Gal. 5:19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;
  • 1 Thess. 4:1 - 7 Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound [excel] more and more. For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, even your sanctification [sexual purity], that ye should abstain from fornication: That every one of you should know how to possess [control] his vessel [body] in sanctification and honour; Not in the lust of concupiscence [desire for that which is forbidden, craving], even as the Gentiles which know not God: That no man go beyond [trangress] and defraud [take advantage of] his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified. For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh His name in vain. [Vain is shav {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity, such as in slang or profanity. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or responsible discussion and in praise and prayer is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name or title. So, trying to excuse such expressions with "I was talking TO God/Jesus when I said that" or It's just words" or "I was acting" will not work with Him. Nor will "Everybody says that" excuse the sin of using His name in vain. If everyone on the planet who has ever drawn a breath used His name in vain, it would still be a sin to do so. If no one ever did, it would still be a sin to do so. Whether we believe it or not. Whether we like it or not. Whether we care or not.]

    Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry

  • Jer. 37:9 This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians [the destroyers from within] will surely leave us.' They will not!
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend what is vile, embrace it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it.]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 Be not deceived: evil [kakov: of a bad nature, not such as it ought to be] communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among us], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. [Offend: skandalizo {skan-dal-id'-zo} - scandalize; to entice to sin; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away.]
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [let no sin rule over me].
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
    (The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary / Commentary section.)

    Hanna (2011) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
  • animal killing
  • animal gutting
  • fighting, repeatedly
  • animal gore
  • government assault to capture against will
  • killings, many, using various means
  • firearm threat, repeatedly
  • gunfire to kill, defensive and offensive, repeatedly
  • petty theft
  • abduction and bondage with blood
  • dead body
  • physical assault, frequent, some to kill
  • assault with two killings, defensive and collateral
  • blood pool and splatter
  • action violence of varying intensities
  • gun battle
  • pursuit to kill or do harm, frequent
  • defensive knife killing
  • abduction of entire family
  • breaking and entering
  • reckless driving to pursue
  • defensive killing
  • hanging body murder victim with arrow impaled
  • gunfire shooting with visible impact
  • arrow impalement

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 64 out of 100
  • six uses of profanity
  • one use of the most foul of the foul words
  • lie
  • home invasion

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 29 out of 100
  • camera angle/pose to force viewer on private parts, adolescent girl
  • adolescent girl saying she'd like to be a lesbian
  • dressing to maximize the female forma and/or skin exposure
  • claim an individual has both male and female genitalia
  • flash nudity, twice
  • striptease dance
  • adolescent girl speaking of sexual matters
  • equivalent to "wet T-shirt" on male waist down with ghosting of genitals
  • adolescent girl sneaking out at night in a foreign country
  • adolescent girl kissing young adult male she picked up in foreign country hours before
  • lesbian pedophile kiss, adolescent girl

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 81 out of 100
  • smoking
  • drinking
  • attempt at illegal drug sale
  • booze

    Offense to God (O) - 61 out of 100
  • five abuses of God's name, three of them by an adolescent
  • acceptance of polytheism
  • embracement of evolution

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 55 out of 100
  • murder with ink pen to the neck
  • gunfire murder, repeatedly
  • murder by arrow impalement

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    There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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