The Hunt Film Review
From Jason Blum, the producer of Get Out and The Purge series, and Damon Lindelof, creator of the HBO series Watchmen and co-creator of the TV series Lost, comes a timely and provocative new satirical thriller that has already ignited a national conversation. Now, it’s time to decide for your self. It is s a loose take on “The Most Dangerous Game,” in which wealthy liberals kidnap a dozen “rednecks” and “deplorables” to hunt on a private preserve.
Twelve strangers wake up in a clearing. They don’t know where they are, or how they got there. They don’t know they’ve been chosen… for a very specific purpose …
The Hunt. In the shadow of a dark internet conspiracy theory, a group of elites gathers for the very first time at a remote Manor House to hunt ordinary Americans for sport. But the elites’ master plan is about to be derailed because one of The Hunted, Crystal (Betty Gilpin, GLOW), knows The Hunters’ game better than they do. She turns the tables on the killers, picking them off, one by one, as she makes her way toward the mysterious woman (two-time Oscar® winner Hilary Swank) at the centre of it all.
Performance wise the central protagonist played by Betty Gilpin who is the combat competent bad arse heroine , who is a cross between Bourne and John Wick She’s ex-military, largely disinterested in politics and, through grit and cunning, turns the table on her captors, ultimately facing off with the group’s leader .The actress acquits her self well in this action cum horror film. We get a great central performance from her and Hilary Swank .is adequate as the head of this absurd hunt. The supporting stars also do well in this controversial film.
Director Craig Zobels message in this action film is very clear , his intention is not to incite violence. He cleverly seeks to entertain and unify and not enrage and divide. The director clearly leaves it up to the audience to make their own minds up. What we get is a terrifying real world nightmare, a suspense thriller set in modern America that feels a bit too close to reality for comfort.
The Hunt has liberals smugly bragging of a tweet liked by Ava DuVernay and shout “Climate change is real!” while hunting their prey, and conservatives blame “crisis actor” migrants and “godless elites.” For anyone in the film spouting conspiracy theory or one-sided rhetoric, things don’t end well. Craig Zobel should be applauded for endeavouring to channel the extreme divisions of American politics and it’s liberal biases into a film that is a combination pf social satire, thriller and horror all rolled into one .
Put everything down and do go and watch this fun, scary subversive original film that makes you think and hits you in your solar plexus.