Loner Veronica is new to school, shy and vulnerable, the perfect target for a group of teenage boys who lure girls into the woods to hunt and kill them for sport. Little do they know, Veronica is an assassin-in-training, and she's chosen killing these boys as her final test. Written by
I found this film on Netflix and gave it a shot without really knowing what to expect. What I got was a very minimalistic indie film that is every bit as straightforward and fun as it needs to be. Veronica is a trained killer, ordered by her teacher to complete a mission alone: kill four boys who hunt and kill girls.
And it delivers exactly that. The locations are plain, but lit up and filmed very picturesquely; the characters were plain on the surface, but enjoyably layered as the film progressed; the outfits were plain, but stylish and as striking as they needed to be; the fights were mostly plain hand-to-hand, and it added to the sense of struggle and urgency; the music was barely there, and it was perfect.
I keep seeing people say Hanna is better, but honestly now, I felt more for the heroes, victims, and even villains in this movie than I did with ANY character in Hanna, which by the way had the advantage of being 20 minutes longer, 22 million dollars more expensive, and sported a more well-known cast. This is to say nothing of the obvious difference in plot and pacing. Aside from its superior fight sequences, Hanna didn't make the most of what it had, while this movie used every penny to its advantage in my opinion.
If you don't like indie films, or photographic cinematography, or non- blockbuster budgets, you'll probably dislike this movie. Everyone else: enjoy.
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