Film review: The Hunt

The Most Dangerous Game.

Synopsis: 

Twelve strangers wake up on a farm. They don’t know where they are or how they got there. The only thing they share in common is that they’ve been chosen – for the hunt. 

Our review:

The premise behind The Hunt, where humans hunt humans is nothing new and has been a well-used cinema trope dating back to 1932’s The Most Dangerous Game.

One only needs to look at the “if you like this, try” section below to see the vast array of films that have followed this premise previously.

To that effect, The Hunt is well-worn ground, and while you may feel as though you’ve seen this film before, it doesn’t take away from its sheer B-movie entertainment value.

Initially scheduled for cinematic release, The Hunt was shifted to home release in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In my opinion, The Hunt is best viewed in a group setting (provided you meet Queensland Health’s current guidelines). I watched The Hunt with my wife and two friends, and we were cheering at the insanity unfolding in front of us and when certain characters bit the dust. 

One of The Hunt’s strengths is its ability to subvert expectations. Characters you believe are the story’s main antagonists don’t necessarily see it through to the conclusion or even out of the opening act for that matter.

Outside of the fun factor, The Hunt didn’t have much else to offer. Character development is near non-existent, as is the case with most horror/thriller films.

The action was nothing special, aside from a morbidly hilarious scene in the film’s opening involving a spike pit and grenade later in the movie. 

Most have heard of the film through its aggressive marketing campaign which dubbed The Hunt as “the most controversial movie” following the decision to delay the film's release after mass shootings in America. 

From a controversy standpoint, there is nothing here that hasn’t been done before, but it was a clever marketing ploy to lure people in.

The Hunt, which is a Blumhouse film (think Get Out, Truth or Dare, Happy Death Day) is precisely what you expect of a movie of that nature. It’s fun, scary in parts and subversive. Just don’t go looking for anything more profound and there is a good time to be had.

The Hunt is available to rent on digital platforms including iTunes, Google Play, Fetch, Foxtel and Playstation Store.

Final rating: 3/5

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Classification: 

MA15+

Director:

Craig Zobel

Cast:

Betty Gilpin, Hilary Swank, Ike Barinholtz, Emma Roberts, Justin Hartley.

If you like this, try:

Battle Royale, The Running Man, Surviving the Game, The Hunger Games, Hard Target, The Most Dangerous Game. 

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