The Hunter details
|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill, Frances O'Connor, Maia Thomas|
|Genres:||Action/Adventure - General, Drama - General, World Cinema - Chinese|
|Studio:||FUSION MEDIA SALES|
|Run time:||1 hour 40 minutes|
|Rental release:||29 Oct 2012|
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Majestic scenery, artful actingBy a customer from London , 14 Jul 2012
[Highly rated reviewer]Willem Dafoe is a loner mercenary sent to the wilds of Tasmania to hunt a thought extinct predator for a shadowy biochemical company. He bonds with a family he stays with (whose husband/dad has mysteriously disappeared), and comes to question his mission. So far so cliched.
But the hunter is so much better than its fairly routine plot. The scenery of the Tasmanian forests and outback is breathtaking. There is great use of this dense forest and rocky tundra by the film maker. And then there is Defoe, his quiet character says all he needs to by the expression of his wonderfully craggy face and body language.
It's a slow movie, a slient movie for much of it, it occasionally meanders; but these are its strengths as well as its weaknesses. Ultimately it is a film that will move some; it certainly had that effect on me. Judging by the silence in the cinema during and after it had that effect on many who saw this little gem that night.
If the thought of seeing yet another Spiderman movie sends you into a spiral of depression check this out, at the cinema if you can where the setting can take full effect on the big screen.
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worth hunting forBy SaspirellaSam (36 reviews) from Crawley , 20 May 2013the other reviews make a good job of telling you about this movie. Great ! William Dafoe usually plays a meanie & I found it hard to like him but here he plays a really strong character, what a good actor. Scenery amazing, storyline very good, nice pace. I'll watch it again.
slowpaced but worth watchingBy vickig0306 (429 reviews) from Halifax , 19 May 2013this film takes forever to pick up any pace & even then it remains a bit slow but it is still worth watching & willem Dafoe plays his part brilliantly
More sophisticated than the poster suggestsBy stottie (10 reviews) from North East UK , 01 May 2013Very thoughtful and understated. No need to spell everything out for the viewer and no need for continuous wham-bam action. Plenty of space, almost Scandinavian Noir, although the music filled too often. Very good atmosphere, great visually and sharp sound track.
Beautiful Scenery, good story.By Ispy (12 reviews) , 27 Apr 2013A slow starter, then when he meets the family you begin to watch the relationships grow and it gets a whole lot more interesting. Beautiful scenery with a good story. Glad I've seen it but couldn't sit through it again.
Almost GreatBy Steelfox (2 reviews) , 23 Apr 2013A beautifully made film with fantastic acting and real atmosphere. The story is slow and I wasn't really convinced by some of the turns the story takes or the reasons for certain character actions, I imagine a lot was lost in the adaptation from the novel as I suspect a lot of the hunting sequences were filled with internal monologue and exposition. Due to this I felt the conclusion was a little anticlimactic despite it being the only sensible route but it was a fantastic journey getting there and perfect if you're looking for a more cerebral thriller than the usual action set-piece explosion jamboree and don't mind working a few things out for yourself as the titles roll.
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