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The Hunter Reviews

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August 1, 2017
This is a very cinematic film that showcases the talent with the Australian film industry. Dafoe is great in the lead role and is surrounded by local talent who are either well established or on the way up. The film is more poetic and indie compared to the normal grim films Australia produces, it is a slow dramatic film with a gut punch finale. The film has a true myth storyline regarding a tiger who was hunted to extinction, Dafoe is tracking what could possibly be the last of its kind. I have always circled this film and never actually took the chance but don't regret watching the film. Great showcase for all filmmakers and actors involved. 01-08-2017.
June 21, 2017
With a strong lead performance by Willem Dafoe, a solid supporting cast, an engrossing plot, some great landscapes and a good score all the while tackling some deep themes this might narratively plod at times but it is worth the effort as it is ultimately rewarding.
½ June 7, 2017
While not a fast paced movie, the character arc, the foreign and beautiful landscape, and the curious nature of the movie make for a compelling watch. Willem Dafoe is great as expected, and the many personal trials and questions were wonderfully acted out. What killed the movie for me though, was the end. It was so senseless that even an artist explanation feels shallow at best. Still a good movie, but the ending will leave you wanting.
March 13, 2017
Willem Dafoe. *APPLAUSE* Either you're a Willem Dafoe fan (and we're out Martin (Dafoe) sets out to see if he can find what he's been hired to find; he also starts looking for the father and husband of the crew in the hippie shack. Turns out he's been "missing" for a while... This movie is for seeing beauty, recognizing fragility, and pondering what loneliness does to a soul. And even Martin turns out to have some redeeming qualities. This is NOT a movie for "Boondock Saints" fans, this is one of the movies Dafoe does after he's paid the rent with bigger films... obviously to shake the dust off and really become a fascinating character. Ending will rip tear your heart out. Does the hunter find another lonely soul ? Not telling. Beautifully done.
½ October 16, 2016
An incredible film focusing on the exploits of a mercenary from a Bio Medical Company obsessed with obtaining DNA of the elusive Tasmanian Tiger which was last seen in Hobart Zoo in 1936 & labeled extinct.

The cinematography was second to none in this sumptuously shot film capturing the harshness of the Tasmanian Landscape.

William DeFoe brought much to the role & the relationship he formed with the family living in remote Tasmania was genuine & heartfelt. The mystery of the Tiger is truly infectious & this is film that will impact & surprise you, a very underrated film indeed.
September 5, 2016
64% Though not without its moments, The Hunter often suffers from predictability.
September 5, 2016
A rare gem, and an overlooked one at that. It's crisp and beautiful cinematography, soul stirring score, haunting atmosphere and remarkable performance from veteran actor Willem Dafoe interweave perfectly to create an evocative tale of love and regret. The Hunter is a truly powerful piece of arthouse cinema.
½ August 3, 2016
This was pretty good for an under-the-radar film.
July 15, 2016
A slow burn with some heart in there. But a lot of it is boring.
½ June 12, 2016
A real hidden gem. I stumbled upon this while browsing Netflix. With no real expectations I gave it a go and I'm so glad I did. Please take the comments from other reviewers about the slow pace with a pinch of salt. Some films need time to breathe and create the right tone and atmosphere.

The acting is top notch and the cinematography just stunning. This one stays with you long after it finishes.
½ April 26, 2016
the actor make excellent amazing job,Very sad end, the need one more another story very good and open final
½ February 24, 2016
Delicately paced and absorbing drama that provides a fine showcase for the seemingly effortless intensity of Willem Dafoe. Throw in a fine supporting performance by the varied panoramas of Tasmania and a slow-burning plot and you have all the ingredients for a rewarding hour and a half.
January 31, 2016
This turned out to be a fairly interesting and intense movie. I've always loved Willem Dafoe, ever since he debuted in Platoon. He was great as the Green Goblin in Spiderman - almost a tragic Greek character. Here, some of his old magic reappeared . Thesad ending and all that pathos....tears came to my eyes. Worth the watch. Enjoy.
½ January 23, 2016
You can't sing a song about nothing.

Martin David is a hunter that is hired by a corporation to hunt down the last Tasmanian tiger and extract the DNA. He heads into the village posing as a researcher and befriends the Armstrong family, whose father turned up missing while hunting the tiger himself. Martin will find the locals challenging as he tries to execute his mission. The task becomes very daunting.

"He's looking for a tiger."
"What kind of tiger?"
"A Tasmanian tiger."

Daniel Netthein, director of Angst, and episodes from the television series Last Man Standing, Rush, K9, Doctor Who, Dance Academy, and Snake Tales, delivers The Hunter. The storyline for this picture is just average with an average plot and just okay performances. The cast includes Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill, Morgana Davies, Sullivan Stapleton, and Maia Thomas.

"So you can imagine when he arrived a few years back, he was about as popular as a snake in a sleeping bag."

I came across this on Showtime Anytime and decided to give it a viewing. This was just okay and an average addition to the action genre. It didn't contain enough unique elements to separate itself in the genre. This is average and only worth a viewing if nothing better is on.

"What you want is gone forever."

Grade: C
½ January 17, 2016
Slow pacing, a subdued lead performance, and atmospherics built on the rich visual texture offered by long shots of the Tasmanian landscape are offset by the sporadic violence, be they a hunter's killshot or a local's xenophobia. It's a combination I enjoy (not the xenophobia), which I last tasted with Clooney's The American. In both films, though, the lead--in order to allow their character space for an ascent toward redemption--plays it too damn stoic in the first act. It would be fair in the first 45 minutes of The Hunter to ask yourself if you'd stumbled into a near-future sci-fi centered on a game-hunting android. My only other complaint is the severity of the second plot point. The story sacrifices too many lambs to get Defoe where he needs to go, and in doing so eviscerates the viewer. It's a challenging note, and nothing in the films universe is beautiful enough to resolve the damage.
½ January 11, 2016
Thoroughly enjoyed this film from stem to stern. I was locked in right from the start with no let up to the end. It's a wonderfully paced, meditative drama with great cinematography, story, and acting ,especially by Defoe. I had recently seen a couple of movies in which he had walked through his roles, but he was certainly motivated by the material here.

I loved the cinematography, not only the beautiful scenery but the cut aways patched together to show story and maintain pace. The story never got ahead of itself or left the viewer feeling cheated or deceived, a very honest and intriguing film. When Martin (Defoe) meets the children at base camp immediate interest is obtained as Sass and Bike so naturally so naively connect with this total stranger, even jumping in the bath with Martin for, as dad said, "water shouldn't be wasted." This bond along with that which is built between Martin and the widower Lucky is what drives the movie. The story allows the fondness between Lucky and Martin to move at an acceptable pace without overly trite deep love glances or that which is forced by too many films.

There's enough intrigue to keep the viewer attentive. Along with great pacing, The Hunter is a very meditative and enjoyable film.
½ January 9, 2016
Pretty lame.

A hunter, Martin (played by Willem Dafoe), is hired by a mysterious
company to go to Tasmania to hunt for the last remaining Tasmanian
tiger.

Not good at all. Plot is all over the place. Direction is equally
unfocused.

Main performances by Willem Dafoe, Frances O'Connor and Sam Neill are
solid, especially considering the weak script they had to work with.
However, the supporting performances are quite weak, especially by the
kids and the actors playing the aggressive locals.

Only reason to watch this is for the beautiful Tasmanian landscapes.
January 7, 2016
A rare breed in which a film surpasses its book. The Hunter hits majestic highs and emotional lows, beautifully shot in the fierce Tasmanian wilderness.
½ December 29, 2015
Nice and well rounded Story with beautiful sceneries.
December 26, 2015
Wonderfully shot and consistently subdued, this icy picture never bores with a riveting masterclass from Willem Dafoe.
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