Thursday, April 7, 2016

The Hunter (2011)

Director: Daniel Nettheim

Writers: Alice Addison, Wain Fimeri, Daniel Nettheim, Julia Leigh

Composers: Andrew Lancaster, Michael Lira, Matteo Zingales

Starring:  Willem Dafoe, Frances O'Connor, Sam Neill, Morgana Davies, Finn Woodlock, Jacek Koman, Callan Mulvey, John Brumpton

More info: IMDb

Tagline:  Some Mysteries Should Never Be Solved

Plot:  Martin, a mercenary, is sent from Europe by a mysterious biotech company to the Tasmanian wilderness on a hunt for the last Tasmanian tiger.

My rating:7/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

I had no idea what this was about going in.  Hell, I thought Dafoe was an assassin on a mission or something judging by the above poster.  At nearly every turn this film goes in a different direction than I keep changing my predictions.  Eventually I just let it go and rolled with it.  The location shooting is very nice and different (shot in Tasmania).  Dafoe's mission feels mysterious but it ends up being very straight forward.  The last act is when it all comes together and the shit hits the fan.  I didn't see any of it coming and that makes for a much better experience.  It's a much quieter film, too, and that helps set the tone and to get you to relinquish yourself to the characters and the film.  The ending is harsh yet positive, bittersweet is a good word.  I'd almost be willing to give it a second go but there are far too many movies to watch and my clock is ticking.

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