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The Hunter Reviews

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May 9, 2015
A slow-burning, understated philosophical thriller propelled by Willem Dafoe's terrific performance. The Hunter is not for everyone, but it is a tale filled with ideas that makes you think long after the viewing. Well done!
May 6, 2015
The cameo played by one of the time bandits dressed as a mythical creature certainly provides the one star. I would put this film in the same download folder as Leviathan and Jindabyne, that's right, the trash.
April 15, 2015
Strange film. Kind of a happy ending.
½ April 13, 2015
The Hunter is all about the consequences of Willem Dafoe's actions. He can carry out his mission and move on, or he can become apart of the Tasmanian family that took him in. The story, scenery, Dafoe's performance, and that moment at the end were all brilliant. Absolutely worth your watch.
½ March 31, 2015
"Used to work, then it stopped. Dad says the fucken fucker's completely fucked."
March 16, 2015
A film the promises much, but by the end offers only scraps; although there are things here that make this agreeable, but not by the end nothing particularly all that great. Willem Dafoe is perfect as the slightly cold-hearted, obsessive hunter who travels to the breathtaking Tasmanian wilderness to hunt for an animal that may for may not be extinct. The premise was there for an interesting film, so when this trundles along, never truly finding its main course of intrigue in either the hunting aspect or the hippy family that take him in, meaning this grows into an annoyingly disappointing film to watch. Dafoe's character is somewhat interesting, and so is the theme of an almost mythical beast running wild and what the realities of that means is handled well. Overall this is one of those films that appears like it should be a lot higher praised or well known - that is until you actually see it.
March 13, 2015
Very much a story about individualism and being one of a kind. This is a fairly mature effort that uses the last of a species and its inevitable decline to mirror that of Willem Defoe's character, the environment and his life.
March 1, 2015
Despite a powerful score, uniquely thrilling premise, and a commanding performance from Defoe, the Hunter is inconclusive and abrupt.
February 26, 2015
A slow-burning thriller with beautiful cinematography and moral story.
½ February 7, 2015
As a brooding thriller about the hunter, it works extremely well, but it's let down by a simultaneously simplistic and muddled plot that just doesn't convince.
January 27, 2015
Beautifully filmed and wonderfully acted. Only down part I didn't feel the sadness. That's sad
½ January 16, 2015
Strange Movie About A Man Hunting The Tasmanian Tiger....
January 15, 2015
I fell asleep, it just didn't flow enough
November 28, 2014
The Hunter is on of this beautifully shot, slow paced and beautiful atmospheric films. Shot in the amazing scenery of Tasmania, the film follows the story of Martin, a hunter/ scientist sent on the track of the last Tasmanian Tiger by his mysterious employer. The film quickly becomes thrilling and even though little action happen, you will be entertained and care a lot about the characters thanks to a strong screenplay and an undeniable talent of storyteller from the film maker. Great film, great cast, hypnotizing object of naturalistic cinema.
November 6, 2014
"A stranger in a strange land" has been a staple of storytelling throughout human history. While arriving alone to a location, a character can try as he can to remain who he was before his journey, but he will almost certainly be changed by those around him. The journey itself can change the character, and have them grow into someone different and new. Daniel Nettheim's 2011 film The Hunter is one such film which follows this trope.

The story is that of Martin (Willem Dafoe), a mercenary hired by a company to track down and kill the last Tasmanian tiger in existence, due to the creature's pharmaceutical capabilities. During his mission Martin is given lodging with a local woman (Frances O'Connor) and her children, who have been rocked by the disappearance of her husband one year prior. While the children are more than excited to have some company, the wife has since fallen into a neigh cationic state via stupor brought about by over-prescribed medication. Along with having to hunt the tiger and restoring the family's homestead, Martin must deal with Jack (Sam Neill), local guide who seems to have an ominous connection with the family, as well as local loggers who want outsiders to stop imposing on their livelihoods. All of this transpires around Martin, while he still ventures out into the wilderness in search of the legendary creature.

Dafoe is in his element as the slightly-distant mercenary, who at first is only concerned about his mission, but becomes a sort of replacement for the family's missing husband. He comes across as a man who gains a sense of humanity which was missing, but regains it throughout his journey. Concise, cold, and a man who tries to focus on his job, but gets sidetracked by the world around him. As always Sam Neill is fantastic in any of his roles, though mostly known for his work in Jurassic Park, he has a large filmography full of quality work. There are two child actors in the film who are actually very good, where as in some films a scene can be killed by a child actor who is placed in the film because one of his family is a producer on the film, or something. But the performances by young actors Morgana Davies and Finn Woodlock are quite good, and fit well with the tone of the story.

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When it comes to the visuals, the film relies heavily on the wild, and at times almost alien landscape of Tasmania. Where as in film, Australia is generally restricted to the red sands of the outback or the rainforest areas along the country's east-coast, The Hunter reveals Tasmania to viewers who might have the foreign land revealed to them for the first time. The variation in the landscape changes throughout the film, and works as a way to frame Martin's journey. The house he stays at is in a very grounded and peaceful forest area, but as he gets closer to finding the tiger nature becomes more hostile, starting with a temperate forest, to marshland, and eventually to a snow-covered mountain area.

The setup of the film is Martin's search for a creature which is supposedly extinct, but during most of the movie that plotline takes a backseat to his interaction with the locals, and the effect that he as an outsider has on the community. Where are before his arrival things weren't great, the townsfolk and loggers were content to live their lives, but the rumors of a living Tasmanian tiger have begun to spread and fears that conversationalists will put an end to the logging rise up. This of course leads to mob mentality which causes trouble for Martin, as well as anyone who isn't in favor of the logging industry. Though Martin has no real stake in the outcome of anything besides his job be has built up enough of a connection with his hosts that he does try and affect the situation, albeit not in a direct manor.

The Hunter is a superb film, visually, writing-wise, as well as fantastically acted with an amazing performance by Willem Dafoe being the highlight of the film. Martin's journey as a character is the cornerstone of the film, with the audience following him throughout his trials and tribulations in search of an animal thought to be long dead.
October 4, 2014
I liked this movie. The acting and the story are both amazing.
½ October 2, 2014
Willem Defoe gives one of his solid performances in this film. I think it needed more action and more suspense. The rest of the cast was decent, wish I could of like this movie better. So that it would of have a better rating but it lacks right in the middle of the movie so that's what kept me down all the way thru the end. So for this being being one solid not one of the best independent films that I have with solid performances, I give "The Hunter"a C-.
½ September 29, 2014
The Hunter should be one of the best drama suspense this year. With its silent tension in the wilderness jungles of Australia and William Dafoe's charisma, its just a perfect combination and epic. A must see.
½ September 1, 2014
Incredible story with incredible visuals. Much of the story is purposely underdeveloped and it works well with this movie, adding to the mystique of the beautiful shots. This one will affect you in surprising ways and it is dense especially in the beginning so don't expect a normal thriller. However, if you're expecting an abnormal thriller then this is your movie.
½ August 30, 2014
A film that slowly draws you in, and within its moral compass framework becomes not about human survival but about the nature of capitalism and what people do once again for money at the expense of nature.
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