The Hunter (2012)

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Critic Consensus: The Hunter occasionally suffers from predictability, but Willem Dafoe gives a terrific performance as an obsessive hunter on the trail of a mysterious beast.

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The Hunter is the story of Martin, a skilled and ruthless mercenary sent into the Tasmanian wilderness on a hunt for a tiger believed to be extinct. Hired by an anonymous company that wants the tiger's genetic material, Martin arrives in Tasmania posing as a scientist. He proceeds to set up base camp at a broken-down farmhouse, where he stays with a family whose father has gone missing. Usually a loner, Martin becomes increasingly close to the family; however, as his attachment to the family grows, Martin is led down a path of unforeseen dangers, complicating his deadly mission. -- (C) Official Site
Rating:
R (for language and brief violence)
Genre:
Art House & International , Drama
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Cast

Willem Dafoe
as Martin
Sam Neill
as Jack
Jacek Koman
as Middleman
Callan Mulvey
as Rival Hunter
John Brumpton
as Publican
Daniel Wyllie
as Pool Player
Maia Thomas
as Shakti
Mark Hennessy
as Martin Stunt Double
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Critic Reviews for The Hunter

All Critics (86) | Top Critics (19)

Its mostly observant temper keeps us from being greatly moved, but it holds us with its acute, almost laboratory dissection of its people's beings.

Full Review… | June 19, 2013
The New Republic
Top Critic

A movie with more plot than it can comfortably handle.

Full Review… | May 17, 2012
Boston Globe
Top Critic

It's all intended to be darkly metaphorical. In actuality, it's a mediocre film unfolding without plan, purpose or enthusiasm.

Full Review… | May 3, 2012
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 26, 2012
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

Not much happens in "The Hunter." And what little does happen, happens very slowly. And then is repeated.

Full Review… | April 19, 2012
Seattle Times
Top Critic

The character arc is strong on paper but not well-realized on film, and therein lies The Hunter's greatest failing.

Full Review… | April 13, 2012
ReelViews
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Audience Reviews for The Hunter

A slow, albeit fascinating and beautifully filmed movie for almost 90 minutes. Unfortunately, the solution in the last 15 minutes is so devastatingly saddening (without making much sense), that it's hard to say you enjoyed what you've been watching or feel like revisiting again. Which is sad because the story, chemistry between the characters and the landscape as an alien surrounding works great for the longest time. Especially Dafoe is outstanding as always. Man, if only this ended differently. It pains me to think about it.

Jens S.
Jens S.

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Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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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.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

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