Director Joe Wright has made a name for himself as a director of haunting romances, from Pride & Prejudice to Atonement to, kinda, The Soloist. And while Hanna is by no means a romance, it is definitely haunting, and there are plenty of intense relationships that go through a lot of ups and downs, with discoveries and betrayals aplenty. Also, a lot of snapped necks and exit wounds.
After watching Hanna, the pulse-pounding story of a teenage assassin on the run from government agents (read our review here), we were keen to sit in on a roundtable with one of the film's stars, Eric Bana. The Australian actor has a history of violence in films like The Hulk and Troy, but the relentless fight scenes in Hanna left us with a lot of questions. Read on for some answers, as well as how he survived the cold-weather shoot and what he thinks of the booming score by the Chemical Brothers. But first, beards!
We love Eric Bana. The Australian actor has played three major roles this summer, in three different genres -- the villainous Romulan Nero in Star Trek, Leslie Mann's straying husband in Funny People and the titular time traveler in The Time Traveler's Wife -- which leads us to believe that there's nothing the man can't do. Who else could have played Hector, Henry Tudor and Bruce Banner?! While his schedule certainly wouldn't have allowed it, we wish Bana had appeared in more of this summer's movies, since so many of them were miscast or just plain disappointing. Perhaps if he were really a time traveler, he would be able to go back and join the casts of the following films, thereby making them a whole lot better than they came out.
Apparently, Funny People wants to be all things to all people. In a trend hinted at in 40-Year-Old Virgin and attempted in Knocked Up, Judd Apatow seems to want Funny People to be a raunchy comedy and a touching romantic drama about second chances. We have no idea if he can pull that off (Knocked Up doesn't give us much hope), but you have to give him credit for trying, especially since he's assembled one of the pound-for-pound funniest casts we've seen in a while. Of course, for every funny movie one of these stars has been in, there's been a dud, so there are no guarantees. We ran down the cast's capacity for funny in our Funny People Risk Assessor gallery, so check it out before you decide whether to roll the dice on your comedy.
It seems like J.J. Abrams' Star Trek went from being a super hush-hush project to being splashed all over the media like Joe the Plumber, practically overnight. For the spoiler-shy, this is not a problem. Just stock up on Pop-Tarts, drive out to your nearest cave, and don't come out till the movie comes out. Likewise the sudden flow of news doesn't bother those who welcome spoilers like that first life-giving hit of coffee in the morning. But what if you're somewhere in between? You've been debating whether or not to buy the Star Trek issue of Entertainment Weekly. You want to know, but maybe you don't want to destroy all the surprise. If you were a phaser setting, you'd be Stun, not Kill. For you, we have teasers to help decide just how much more you want to know.
I guess this movie warrants a whole review. I don't have a whole lot say about it, because it's one of the laziest, most forgettable pieces of pandering garbage I've seen in a while, so I'll just keep this brief. Long story short: anybody could've written that screenplay. I could've written it. You could've written it. And it wouldn't have even taken either of us very long -- maybe a Sunday afternoon -- and we could have done other things while we were writing it, like, fold a pair of jeans, rip off a random part from a time traveling thing we sort of remember from another movie or show, mix a drink, write a line of half-hearted, uninspired "romantic" dialogue, brush the cat's teeth, write another Eric Bana's butt appearance -- oh! I forgot to tell you! You see Eric Bana's butt in this movie more often than you see his face. I am serious. So if you're really into Eric Bana's butt, now you know where you can find it. (More like The Time Traveler's Butt, am I right?)