The Hunter works on several levels…

Human drama. Evil corporate plans. Environmental debates. Moral complexities. Yes, it seems like a lot, but The Hunter manages to blend all these elements into an interesting, creative narrative.  It is a well-crafted, suspenseful tale of redemption.

Most of the credit has to go to the ever-impressive Willem Dafoe and the thoughtful portrait he has rendered of a cold, isolated mercenary hunter, who finds his humanity. A strong supporting cast helps–Sam Neil and Frances O’Connor, are both great and some young talent seals the deal–Morgana Davies and newcomer Finn Woodlock.

Another major character is the harsh beauty of Tasmania. The wilderness is haunting and adds to the tension and the mystery of what is happening. This is a small-budget Australian film and for most of the crew this is their first time feature. That said, it is impressive what cinematographer Robert Humphreys and director Daniel Nettheim have accomplished.

(The screenplay by Alice Addison is adapted from the novel written by Julia Leigh and now I am curious about it. I will have to add it to my nook for future reading. :))

The Hunter is a quiet, slow burn character study. The different threads all combine and reach a powerful ending. As it ended I was impressed by this movie and pleasantly surprised. I love it when that happens–check out and hopefully you will enjoy the ride, too.


About nediunedited

Who is nediunedited? A lover of cinema since the age of seven! All kinds–all genres. Films (TV and Books, too) have shaped my life–they were my escape, my inspiration and even my first role models. I do not rate my films in the traditional sense (no stars, grades, etc.)–instead I give you my opinion and my take on it–I do not give traditional plot summaries either, because I want you to go in clear–ready for your own experience. There is nothing better than discovering a fine film, without any other influence. (Personally, when I want to really see something I practice media shut out–I refuse to watch too many trailers, viral promos, reviews, etc–I have been known to cover my eyes and ears in the theater during trailers–LALALALA!) That’s me–hope you come by and visit! I will definitely make the rounds and find some of you out there, too.

2 thoughts on “The Hunter works on several levels…

  1. Quiet, slow burn character study is right.

    But I enjoyed it very much. Mainly due to the strength of Dafoe as an actor. He had a way of making even the quiet moments seem intense. Definitely a cool smaller movie.

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