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Type of media Film

Approved Running time 111m 21s

Release date 06/05/2011

Ratings Info Contains moderate violence and one use of strong language

Genre(s) Thriller

Director(s) Joe Wright

Cast includes Saoirse Ronan, Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana, Olivia Williams, Michelle Dockery, Tom Hollander

Cut This work was passed uncut.

  • Cinema release suitable for 12 years and over icon12A

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Ratings info publication date 26/04/2011

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

HANNA is a post-Cold War action thriller. A former intelligence operative lives with his 16 year old daughter, Hanna, in the arctic wastes of Finland, where he is training her to be an assassin. The girl is the only survivor of a secret project, conducted in Poland but since aborted, to genetically develop the perfect soldier. When Hanna completes her training she is launched against her nemesis, a woman now working for the Americans who killed Hanna's mother several years earlier. The film was classified '12A' for moderate violence and one use of strong language.

The BBFC’s Guidelines at '12A'/'12' state 'Moderate violence is allowed but should not dwell on detail. There should be no emphasis on injuries or blood, but occasional gory moments may be permitted if justified by the context'. The Guidelines also state 'Easily accessible weapons should not be glamorised'. This film includes some dynamic and crunchy fight sequences but relatively little is seen in terms of blood or injury detail. In one scene, Hanna breaks the neck of a female interrogator but the action is very quick and the detail barely registers. In another scene, she has a fight with three assassins in a container port. She disarms one man and stabs him with his own knife, cutting his throat. However, the action is very fast and there is no lingering on detail and little sight of blood. The other fight scene of note occurs when Hanna's father is confronted by three assailants in a Berlin U-Bahn station. Once again, the action is very fast. The father is armed with a knife but his use of the weapon is limited to jabs to an opponent's thigh and another's arm before it is thrown into the torso of the last man standing. This particular sequence includes no blood or injury detail. Although a knife is involved, there is very little focus on the knife and no glamorisation of the weapon.

The Guidelines at '12A'/'12' also state 'The use of strong language (for example, 'fuck') must be infrequent'. HANNA includes one use of strong language, which is not directed at another person, although it is delivered with venom.

Parents can find additional information about the content of this film if they visit www.pbbfc.co.uk.


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