Respectable piece of workmanship. But for a film boiling with a pot of ideas, psychoanalysis and simmering sexual tension, this is surprisingly repressed stuff. Cronenberg’s restraint is admirable, but A Dangerous Method seems to deserve a more audacious approach.
Whilst sporadically absurd and often restrained, Hanna works well as a postmodern take on Brothers Grimm crossed with post-Cold War spy thriller. It’s smartly paced, impressively choreographed and directed by Wright, and anchored by a solid central performance by Ronan, who’s running ahead as best young actress of her time. Plus, it has Blanchett playing mega-bitch, too.
It never quite give the emotional catharsis the story needs, but Never Let Me Go is a lesson in subdued, understated storytelling, undermined by this era of dramatic fireworks. Less is more, and Romanek has crafted a quietly devastating, thought-provoking meditation on the impermanence of human life so profound that it makes a hundred sci-fi dramas look overwrought.