The Hunt (2013)
Critic Consensus: Anchored by Mads Mikkelsen's sympathetic performance, The Hunt asks difficult questions with the courage to pursue answers head on.
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Critic Reviews for The Hunt
You leave The Hunt unsettled in the best sense. Its images and implications are likely to stay in your head a long time.
The Hunt's inexorability feels derived more from thematic or ideological concerns than any organic necessity.
Thomas Vinterberg's The Hunt conveys the sinister swirl of persecution more vividly than any film I can remember.
The Hunt has left me more shaken than any other film I've seen all year.
It's moving, yet unsettling throughout, especially with an open ending that refuses to give the audience the closure that we foolishly think we'll get.
Audience Reviews for The Hunt
An extremely nerve-wracking thriller in which Mads Mikkelsen is fantastic as a man going through a terrifying ordeal. However, it is impossible to overlook some major implausibilities, especially the character staying in the town against all good sense and the ridiculous ending.
A teacher is falsely accused of molesting a young girl, his best friend's daughter.
The highlight of this film is the tensely controlled performance by Mads Mikkelsen. He is appropriately morally outraged at times, and his face conveys a forced hope of dignity.
The film moves slowly and could've probably been about twenty minutes shorter without losing much of its effect. The plot unfolds predictably, but it's Mikkelsen who keeps everything interesting.
Overall, this film is strong primarily because of Mikkelsen.
A very scary film. Not because it's in the horror or thriller genre, but because it is a potent reminder of how humans can be bigger monsters than any creature you can invent.
In the Danish film "Jagten (The Hunt)" Mads Mikkelsen, who's doing some incredible work on NBC's "Hannibal" is compelling as a man wrongly accused by a young girl of sexual molestation. This likable and responsible adult is viciously ostracized by a town that without reservation believe the accusation. What makes the story even more potent is that the town is filled with former friends and people that have known the main character for his whole life. The accuser is his best friend's young daughter so the difficult situation becomes even more desperate.
"The Hunt" is a punch in the gut emotionally but as a film, it is strongly realized and will stay with you for a while.
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