Fast & Furious 6
The Hangover Part III
As I Lay Dying
If you go down to the woods today, you're sure of a big surprise, in the form of an elegant genre-hopper coming on like Werner Herzog meets Michael Crighton.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Quietly gripping, atmospheric and beautifully shot drama with a terrific central performance from Willem Dafoe, an effectively sparse script and some stunning location work.
| Original Score: 4/5
A slow-burning, beautifully shot, understated philosophical thriller.
| Original Score: 3/5
The domestic and conspiracy elements are so perfunctory you sense the film, like its hero, can't wait to bugger off into the bush and forget about them altogether.
It's certainly enjoyable to watch the beanie-hatted, craggy-faced Dafoe set animal traps with his bare hands.
Predictable, a pastiche of conventions, but strange nonetheless, and not always in a good way.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
A movie with more plot than it can comfortably handle.
| Original Score: 2/4
I know what they were going for. This was more about the spiritual journey than the actual action plot, but it just doesn't gel.
It's all intended to be darkly metaphorical. In actuality, it's a mediocre film unfolding without plan, purpose or enthusiasm.
| Original Score: 0.5/4
Think of it as a popcorn movie topped with Vegemite.
It has intriguing parts but they do not come together.
With a rucksack of gadgets, Dafoe makes a believably cunning tracker, and when he finally confronts his prey, the mutual respect feeds a poignant parable.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Long time Aussie TV director Daniel Nettheim does a yeoman's job with his cast and adapted screenplay
| Original Score: B-
While the film threatens to fall into cliché, excellent cinematography and another mesmerizing performance by Willem Dafoe keep it engaging enough to the point that it develops a fascinating rhythm of its own.
| Original Score: 4.0/5.0
...springs back from its narrative deficiencies with closure both in the wilderness and civilization, crossing both against the film's general themes about human progress vs. the natural world.
Where the title character travels is a visually and emotionally striking journey.
| Original Score: 7/10
Not much happens in "The Hunter." And what little does happen, happens very slowly. And then is repeated.
The character arc is strong on paper but not well-realized on film, and therein lies The Hunter's greatest failing.
By the time The Hunter jettisons its narrative ballast altogether and embraces its elemental appeal, it's too late.
The film is really Dafoe's show, and he reminds once again why he is such a tremendous actor and also one so easy to underestimate and take for granted.