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The Hunter Reviews

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March 4, 2012
Nothing special. The trailer made it seem a lot more interesting than it was. Basically just watching the trailer is all the info and thrill you need. I am able to sit through slow films but this was just not nearly as interesting as the trailer lead me to believe. The only things you don't get to see are the very few, extremely short hunting scenes. Other than that, looking back on it, like I stated, I could have been better off just watching the intriguing trailer. The movie was drawn out with little meaningful scenes in between (ex: like the scenes when Dafoe is with the mother and daughter that he stays with; although the mother's son provides some usefulness to Dafoe). I really wanted to like this movie but it was simply boring and didn't stand out. There is so much more potential for a believable and interesting premise.
mark d.
August 8, 2014
Picturehouse recommends
July 2, 2014
One of the best films i have seen in a while. I always like a film that exposes to to a world you have never seen before and an illegal job that i'm sure exists but has not been shown dozens of times on screen. Its an engaging story with a great performance by dafoe. the excellent pacing and great storytelling make you really invested the whole time. the unique setting and fleshed out world make a few predictable parts forgivable.
August 6, 2014
The Hunter (Daniel Nettheim, 2011)

Clive Barker's Sacrament is one of my favorite novels. Among Barker's best creations is the Killer of Last Things, a man whose destiny is to travel the world finding the final examples of species on the planet and driving them to extinction. Jacob, the Killer of Last Things, is an egalitarian; animal, vegetable, or mineral, he will wipe it out. On the other hand, there is Martin David, the protagonist of Julia Leigh's novel The Hunter. Martin, if that is his real name, is a specialist, a killer for hire who has been sent to Tasmania by a biotech corporation to hunt the legendary, possibly mythical, Tasmanian tiger. If it does exist, it is the last of its kind in the world.

The Tasmanian tiger is in fact extinct (though the last one ended its days in captivity; footage of it is shown during the film's title sequence). That does tend to cast a pall over things if you know it going in, and there's some crazy-conspiracist-theory stuff going on in this movie that truly stretches credibility (the corporation that hires Martin acts more like a shadow government than a multinational), but Willem Dafoe's performance, as is often the case, brings something to this movie it would not have otherwise had. While it's not in the same league as his should-have-gotten-an-Oscar turns in movies like To Live and Die in L.A. and Shadow of the Vampire, he does a very good job with a character who, to be successful, needed to be played very close to the vest. The supporting cast around him for the most part does a very good job as well, but Dafoe is the centerpiece here and the movie makes no bones about that. It is not without flaws, but is worth watching if you like your thrillers to deliver the goods over time. ***
Simon S.
July 30, 2014
The Hunter boasts engrossing locales, breathtaking cinematography, and a strong performance by Willem Dafoe, but it is ultimately a slow-burn thriller that is unable to fully engage or satisfy because of its dramatically distant narrative and incredibly slow pace.
March 3, 2012
Willem Dafoe stars as a mercenary named Martin who is sent into the Tasmanian wilderness to hunt for the last remaining Tasmanian Tiger a species long thought to be extinct. He is hired by a company called Red Leaf who are trying to procur the Tasmanian Tiger's organs in order to have its genetic material. Martin bunks at a house and slowly becomes more and more close with its inhabitants, Lucy (Frances O'Conner) who's husband had gone missing a year before doing exactly what Martin was there to do. Lucy's two young children Sass (Morgana Davies) and Bike (Finn Woodlock) take an interest in Martin and are always soon by his side. Martin soon discovers there's more going on here with the mysterious Red Leaf company. People seem to end up going missing and the company soon sends someone to "relieve" Martin of his duty. I found the movie to be really well done. The locations are awesome. The plot is well done and you feel for the characters. The last 20 minutes gets pretty intense, but the film itself has a bit of a slow feel to it the whole time building the character and plot. The film also features Sam Neil as Jack a mischievous man working for Red Leaf. I really enjoyed this one and recommend giving it a look!
April 8, 2012
Very slow....somewhat boring. Silly premise that reeks of government film funding.
May 18, 2014
I loved the movie..very emotional!
May 2, 2014
A slow paced but quite engrossing film. Perhaps it is overstating it to call it a thriller with its deliberate pace but it is an intriguing story with a subtle air of menace from beginning to end. The acting is all quite good as is the direction and cinematography. Above all else though is the beautiful scenery and an exceptional performance by star Willem Dafoe.
Dan S

Super Reviewer

April 11, 2014
An intriguing, though somewhat underdeveloped story of a mercenary hunter (Willem Dafoe) tasked with the mission of finding and killing the last remaining Tasmanian devil in the wilderness of Australia. He also becomes involved with the family he is staying with, whose father has gone missing. There are a lot of interesting elements here, and the ending in particular is powerful and moving, but ultimately this movie is a frustrating concoction of family drama mixed with man vs. nature. The scenes with Dafoe out in the wilderness are fantastic, while his moments with the family seem like a slight distraction from the main meat of the story. Dafoe, as always, is phenomenal and does a lot with his very thinly detailed character, and the cinematography is absolutely breathtaking. In the end though, it just feels slightly underdone, which is a shame because there is a lot of great material here.
March 18, 2014
Moving, powerful and tragic story of one man's redemption set against the beauty of the Tasmanian wilderness. Willem Defoe and Sam Neill shine in their roles.

Super Reviewer

March 29, 2014
Interesting dramatic thriller, The Hunter Starring Willem Dafoe on a search for the last Tasmanian tiger, a species that went extinct in 1936. This is a well acted film, one that boasts an engaging story, and effective direction to keep you involved. I love Dafoe's work, and he gives a terrific performance here. With that being said, The Hunter at times is a bit slow, but it does keep you involved because of its premise. I enjoyed the film for the sheer story alone, and I am familiar with the Tasmanian Tiger or Thylacine and a film based on trying to find the last one is interesting, even if its fiction, it's still a worthy and interesting idea for a film. If you enjoy Dafoe's films, you might enjoy this one as well. It may not be for everyone, but there are plenty of good elements here to make for a truly thriller adventure film that is sure to entertain anyone who enjoys these types of films. What makes this such a thrilling experience to watch is that director Daniel Nettheim uses dark atmosphere to tell this story, add to that the subtle dramatic elements and you have a well crafted picture that has some great performances provided by two accomplished actors. I enjoy films like these because it really jogs your imagination, and keeps you guessing right up until the end. The film is never boring, and everything presented on-screen works well because of a well written script and a truly interesting idea. Add to that a riveting, memorable performance by Dafoe, which is one of his finest in many years and you have a thriller that is gripping from the first frame right up to the climax.
August 7, 2013
A good film with meaning but by the very nature of the film it felt a little slow at times.
February 7, 2014
A slow-paced, yet somehow still intriguing film with a great lead performance. It may be rich with metaphors, but never really satisfies.
February 1, 2014
Deeply moving story of love in the face of injustice.
December 9, 2013
I really like this movie, mostly because its very good, more people should see it.
December 28, 2013
Finalmente um filme e um papel altura do grande Dafoe!
December 25, 2013
Dafoe is very good is this slow and methodical thriller/character study/drama.
December 21, 2013
Take out the prejudice and this film would have worked wonders. Oh, and of course Willem Dafoe kills it as the hunter, but who didn't see that coming?
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