The Hunter Reviews
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.
The acting is top notch and the cinematography just stunning. This one stays with you long after it finishes.
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."
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.
A hunter, Martin (played by Willem Dafoe), is hired by a mysterious
company to go to Tasmania to hunt for the last remaining Tasmanian
Not good at all. Plot is all over the place. Direction is equally
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.