Summary: Two women face off as a deadly game called The Hunt goes completly off track.
Australian Cinema Release Date: TBA
Thailand Cinema Release Date: 12th August 2020
Australian VOD Release Date: 9th April 2020
Director: Craig Zobel
Screenwriter: Nick Cuse, Damon Lindelof
Cast: Hannah Alline (Flight Attendant/Not Stewardess/Kelly), Usmine Ally (Crisis Mike), Alexander Babara (Bojan), Walter Babington (Bandana Man), Ike Barinholtz (Staten Island), Christopher Berry (Target), Reed Birney (Pop), Macon Blair (Fauxnvoy), Steve Coulter (The Doctor), Sylvia Grace Crim (Dead Sexy), Wayne Duvall (Don), Ariel Eliaz (Dino), Betty Gilpin (Crystal), Glenn Howerton (Richard), Jason Kirkpatrick (Rannnndeeee), Jim Klock (Captain O’Hara), J.C. MacKenzie (Paul), Amy Madigan (Ma), Steve Mokate (Sgt. Dale), Kate Nowlin (Big Red), Vince Pisani (Peter), Emma Roberts (Yoga Pants), Sturgill Simpson (Vanilla Nice), Charlie Slaughter (Young Crystal), Ethan Suplee ((Shut The F**k Up) Gary), Hilary Swank (Athena), Dean J. West (Martin), Teri Wyble (Liberty), Tadasay Young (Nicole)
Running Time: 90 mins
Classification: MA15+ (Australia), 18 (Thailand)
OUR THE HUNT MONSTER REVIEWS & RATINGS:
Dave Griffiths’ The Hunt Review:
In a year where people have learnt to embrace films in ways that they haven’t previously the one genre that seems to have topped all others has been the horror genre. While The Wretched topped the US Box Office just before the lockdown Leigh Whannell’s The Invisible Man found itself scoring five star reviews from some of the world’s top film journalists.
While those two results seemed to surprise fans of the genre the film they were eagerly anticipating was director Craig Zobel’s (Compliance) The Hunt. The excitement around the release was hardly surprising – Zobel’s post-apocalyptic thriller Z For Zachariah is one of the most under-rated films of the last decade while The Hunt was the latest film to come out of Blumhouse stable, a production company who rarely produce a dud.
The film itself is basically an adult version of The Hunger Games with some extra quirk thrown in for good measure. The opening scenes of The Hunt pretty much The Hunger Games but do quickly establish that characters like Crystal (Betty Gilpin – Stuber) are involved in a deadly game that has been set up by the mysterious Athena (Hilary Swank – Million Dollar Baby) But what exactly is the game that Crystal has found herself in? And why the hell has Athena set something up some vicious and cruel?
Those are the questions that the audience are asked to explore, but to be honest the road to getting those answers is un-original and at times plain boring. While the screenwriting team of Nick Cuse (Watchmen) and Damon Lindelof (Lost) try to give the film its own originality with some quirky Kevin Smith style black humour it does nothing to lift any interest in the film’s plot at all.
While the idea of losing characters on mass and at a whim throughout the early stages of the film may have made the script look like a horror film with a difference it just doesn’t work on the screen. Introducing characters and then having them killed or disappearing straight away makes it nearly impossible for the audience to get a vested interest in the film. It is also does nothing but waste the talents of quality performers like Emma Roberts (We’re The Millers).
While the film does gain a little bit of traction when it becomes a battle between Crystal and Athena even that comes to a crashing end with a lacklustre finale that any decent horror fan will have seen close a film a million times previously. To be honest that little battle royale comes a little bit too late for the interest of the audience as well. The film’s inability to engage its audience early on really does mean that you never really care for Crystal the way you should and again there are a lot of scenes throughout the film that are just too similar to other recent films like Peppermint.
The only winner out of this film is the star Betty Gilpin. While everyone falls around her her performance as Crystal is enough to at times back you forget the clichés that is holding the film back. She brilliantly delivers whatever is thrown at her – action, gore and black comedy. Her scenes with Hillary Swank are at times the only things making the film watchable and for that Gilpin deserves a lot of credit.
The Hunt never really lives up to the hype that came before it. Fans of genuine horror will give it a wide berth after just one viewing while it’s quirkiness and gore is probably enough to put off the casual cinema goer. If you’re looking for a decent gorey, catch-me-if-you-can horror then bypass The Hunt and try to find a way to watch Tony D’Aquino’s The Furies instead.
The Hunt is rated 18. It is available on a number of streaming services and will open in select Thai cinemas on August 12th.
Universal Pictures Australia will release an extended sneak peak of the most controversial film of the year. The FIRST TEN MINUTES of THE HUNT will be available to stream tomorrow night THURSDAY 9 APRIL @ 8pm AEST via Universal Pictures Australia YOUTUBE or FACEBOOK platforms.
The film which sparked controversy, including a tweet from U.S. President Donald Trump accusing the film of being made ‘to inflame and create chaos’ is a chilling real-world suspense-thriller starring BETTY GILPIN (Glow) and two time Oscar® Winner HILARY SWANK. Set in the dark spaces of a modern America where a sinister organisation ‘removes’ societies undesirables and transports them to a remote location to be hunted for sport by the wealthy elite. However the hunters become the hunted when they capture one mysterious woman who has a powerful will to survive and the skills to exact a bloody revenge.
YOU CAN WATCH THE FIRST 10 MINUTES ON THURSDAY 9 APRIL @ 8PM AEST ON UNIVERSAL AUSTRALIA’S YOUTUBE OR FACEBOOK CHANNEL or RENT THE ENTIRE FILM FROM APRIL 9 ACROSS A VARIETY OF ON DEMAND CHANNELS
This week Adam, Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films – ‘Drift’, ‘The Big Wedding’, ‘Camille Rewinds’ and ‘The Hunt’. This episode also features interviews with the stars of ‘The Big Wedding’ – Topher Grace, Katherine Heigl and Susan Sarandon. We also talk to Sam Worthington about his new film ‘Drift’. Greg and Dave also take a look at some of the films that are screening at he 2013 German Film Festival, while all the boys nominate their best acting performances by Australian actors and actresses.
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Australian Cinema Release Date: 2nd May, 2013
Australian DVD Release Date: TBA
Director: Thomas Vinterberg
Screenwriter: Tobias Lindholm, Thomas Vinterberg
Cast: Katrine Brygmann (Kirsten), Ole Dupont (Godsejer/Advokat), Daniel Engstrup (Johan), Lasse Fogelstrom (Marcus), Anne Louise Hassing (Agnes), Bjarne Henriksen (Ole), Karina Fogh Holmkjaer (Ulla), Steen Ordell Guldbrand Jansen (Lars T), Jacob Hojlev Jorgenson (Erik), Jytte Kvinesdal (Inger), Thomas Bo Larsan (Theo), Mads Mikkelsen (Lucas), Lars Ranthe (Bruun), Alexandra Rapaport (Nadja), Rasmus Lind Rubin (Pede), Frank Rubaek (Elias), Soren Ronholt (Big Carsten), Sebastian Bull Sarning (Torsten), Hana Shuan (Tiny), Troels Thorsen (Bent), Thomas Vinterberg (himself), Annika Wedderkopp (Klara), Susse Wold (Grethe)