Amazon Prime has launched a spin-off web series, titled Hanna. The web series is a spin-off of the film of the same name that hit the theatres in 2011. Esme Creed-Miles plays the titular character. Hanna is the daughter of an CIA operative, who is thought dead after a deadly attack. Of course, he is alive, has been training his daughter in the forest, away from everyone’s eyes. His daughter wishes to find out what life is all about and promptly disappears to the outside world. When she decides to do that, things go awry with everyone from the CIA to other families running around to get a hold of Hanna.
What’s Wow: Hanna brilliantly envelopes an action thriller with the drama. It’s an adolescent growing up story as well – with everything including teenage heartbreak included in the script. There’s action too, but it’s not abounded, like one would see in a mainstream action adventure film. The web series is written well and follows the template of a Hollywood series now – story-drama-action. The action comes in spurts and bursts and is good when it finally comes to the screen.
Esme Creed-Miles does a good job of playing the second version of Hanna. Amazon Prime productions are getting big and bigger, with Hanna being shot on an all-encompassing scale. In fact, Hanna’s scale is more than the Julia Roberts’ web series Homecoming.
What’s Blah: The creators have gone heavy on the adolescent and growing up plans. It’s right in place for a web series – but it does seem a bit heavy as the episodes trudge along. The titular character has very short action scenes, so the emotional scenes tend to remain with the audience.
Parting Shot: Hanna is part drama, part action – a slow burner
Cast & Crew :
Cast: Esme Creed-Miles, Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman, Joanna Kulig
Writer: David Farr
Director Sarah Adina Smith