Hanna

TV review by
Marty Brown, Common Sense Media
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Action thriller about teenager is just exciting enough.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Hanna is ultimately about a young woman, raised in seclusion, who learns to take care of herself and make healthy decisions on her own.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Hanna has a global setting and two strong female leads. 

Violence

Violence is frequent, but not gratuitous. Hanna murders multiple people -- and blood is shown -- but the her arc seems to be bending toward curbing her violent tendencies.

Sex

There are shots of teenagers making out, but no sex or nudity. Part of Hanna's character arc seems to be discovering that boys find her attractive.

Language

Profanity happens, but sparingly: "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," etc.

Consumerism

There's no consumerism present in Hanna.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Hanna tries smoking and gets drunk in an all-ages club. These are portrayed as positive events for her, part of being a "normal" teenager. One minor character is an alcoholic.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Hanna is a sometimes-violent action thriller about a teenage girl who has been raised in isolation and trained in survival. Based on the 2011 film, Hanna commits multiple, violent murders, but these seem to be in service of an arc that has her learning to curb her violent tendencies. She also smokes cigarettes, drinks, and discovers that boys are interested in her -- all a part of her "maturing" and breaking away from the oversight of her father. It's a coming-of-age story where the protagonist just happens to be an assassin; older teen viewers will probably enjoy both aspects.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMasterAnt September 22, 2019

Improbable and gets worse

The hype for Hanna was much better than the actual show. It's starts improbable (living in the forest) and becomes logically impossible to believe even w... Continue reading
Parent of a 9-year-old Written byintj4life June 22, 2019
This TV show is good, although the content can be a bit cringy when not expected, such as male stripper, girl touches her private parts and then smells her hand... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written by_hollyprior April 19, 2019

Love it

I love this show but I could see how some people may find it boring at the start, as it is slower however even though it was slower I still found it interesting...
Teen, 13 years old Written byBFaith20 June 11, 2020

Full of strong language, sexual content, and violence

Watching this show was a risk. It’s rated TV-MA on Amazon Prime. There were moments when the show was interesting, but most of the time I was overwhelmed with t... Continue reading

What's the story?

 

Erik Heller (Joel Kinnaman) steals a baby from the hospital and evades the police. He raises her in a forest and plans to never leave, teaching her survival skills in case danger finds them. Now a teenager, Hanna (Esme Creed-Miles) naturally becomes curious about the outside world and temporarily escapes their forest dwelling, accidentally alerting the CIA to their presence. Marissa Wiegler, a CIA operative who has been searching for Heller all these years, immediately begins to pursue both him and his daughter, willing to kill them if necessary.

Is it any good?

 

The draw of the 2011 film the series is based on is often visual: chases through abandoned theme parks and riveting characters with strange quirks. But Amazon's Hanna has little of that same inspiration. Despite being a chase across Europe, the show looks just as bland as any number of other current TV dramas. The characterization is equally lacking, as the show seems to be withholding Erik's and Marissa's motivations for a big reveal. But it's still somewhat compelling, largely on the strength of Esme Creed-Miles' assured performance as the title character and the relatability of her struggle. She may have been CIA-trained from birth, but she's really just a kid trying to leave home for the first time.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the dynamics between Hanna and her father. How was Hanna raised? How has this affected her relationship with her dad? How has it affected her view of the outside world?

  • Why do you think Hanna's father raised her this way? What hasn't he told her?

  • Is it possible to change a person by training them in certain skills? Think about soldiers or spies. 

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