The Hunter details
|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill, Frances O'Connor, Maia Thomas|
|Genres:||Action/Adventure, Drama, World Cinema|
|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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Great setting, strong plot.By Home-Start (2 reviews) , 25 Nov 2013Very watchable movie: great scenery, intriguing plot that didn't strain credulity too much and a strong lead performance. It started slowly but gathered pace and kept it straightforward so no misleading or incomprehensible sub-plots.
Wish I'd Been More In The Mood For ThisBy HeehawBaws (2 reviews) , 14 Nov 2013A slow moving film I only stuck with to the end because of the high praise. One of those 'critically acclaimed' films that leave you realising you don't look for the same things in a film as the critics do. Great performances and beautiful scenery, yes, but you could say the same about one of those Virtual Aquariums on your PC without wanting to watch it for an hour and 40 minutes.
Heartbreaking and lovelyBy Ainunautilus (2 reviews) , 03 Nov 2013A harsh and beautiful film. The landscape and spirit of place and of the tiger are captured perfectly. The plot is heartbreaking and the film moves out of the ordinary into another space where it becomes more than just a story on the screen. This is rare for me, it's only happened with a few films such as Stalker by Tarkovsky. I think about it a lot and will definitely be watching this again.
One to seeBy Aanother (2 reviews) , 11 Oct 2013This was an unexpected find. Willem Dafoe is laconic and in the end demonstrates real empathy with his prey. Coming to terms with a predatory biochem company wanting the dna of the last Tasmanian tiger he's a hunting mercenary who finally realises what's important. The young family he stays with and what happens to them because of other company men and the misguided complicity of Sam Neill shapes the ending which is touching and compassionate on Defoe's part while tragic for the family he's come to love. Worth seeing for the scenery alone and the background clash between the greens and the logging company.
A pleasant surpriseBy DRMA (1 review) , 23 Sep 2013If you want a thought provoking, beautifully set film with a spot on soundtrack then this makes a great change from the run-of-the-mill.