Theatrical Reviews

The Hunt Review

The Hunt 1

Studio:
Universal Pictures   

What’s It About?
Twelve strangers wake up in a clearing, not knowing where they are or why they got there.  But they have been chosen for a very specific reason.   

Who’s In It?
Hilary Swank (Boys Don’t Cry, Million Dollar Baby, & more recently Trust)
Emma Roberts (American Horror Story, We’re The Millers, & more recently Ugly Dolls)   

Other notables include:
Ike Barinholtz (Suicide Squad, Bright, & more recently Late Night)
Betty Gilpin (Masters Of Sex, Stuber, & more recently GLOW)   

Director: Craig Zobel (Z For Zachariah, The Leftovers, & more recently Westworld)   

Audiences Expect:
After courting plenty of controversy last year, including some choice words from The Donald himself, The Hunt has certainly been making a name for itself.
Thanks to its concept of pitting egocentric liberal elites against red-neck deplorables in a Running Man meets Hunger Games meets The Purge, the set up is fairly simple. Unfortunately, however, it is something that has been seen many times before.
Director Craig Zobel’s film sees a group of strangers wake up in the countryside who-knows-where, with gags around their mouths and a mystery box. Once opened, and the keys to their gags along with an assortment of weapons are found, the group start to get hunted by the patronising liberal elites. Fortunately one among the victims stands a chance of turning the tables.
Much has been written about this film, but it is very much in the tradition of an ultra-violent B-movie. The performances are fine, though with very limited characterisation. The dialogue is not really as pithy or clever as it thinks it is, but the film is brief, reasonably entertaining and very much a film where anything can happen. 
Lead actress Betty Gilpin is a highlight, including a superb one-on-one fight scene, but one wonders what the appeal was for Emma Roberts, Ike Barinholtz and Hilary Swank to sign up.  

In A Nutshell:
Short and not so sweet, and extremely violent, The Hunt is not necessarily something you’ll need to catch.   

Highlight:
Berry Gilpin generally, but particularly her one on one fight scene  

Lowpoint:
The script is a bit lacking
The premise is fairly unoriginal


Certificate: 15

EDITOR’S CHOICE