Now Playing: Women Inflict Violence

I can’t help but notice this recent trend: films about very young heroines with a thirst for revenge.

Hanna is sent out by her father on a deadly mission.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo avenges violence inflicted on her.
True Grit‘s Mattie avenges her father’s death.

Feminist statement or Hollywood male fantasy? I think the latter. Not that this diminishes my high regard of True Grit or my enthusiasm to go watch Hanna. Saiorse Ronan, Hailee Steinfeld, Rooney Mara: all excellent actresses.