The Hunt Movie Review
The Hunt is a 2020 American psychological thriller movie directed by Craig Zobel and created by Damon Lindelof and Nick Cuse. Stars like Betty Gilpin, Hilary Swank, Ike Barinholtz, and Emma Roberts are among the cast members. Jason Blum along with Lindelof, are producers under the Blumhouse Productions label. According to Zobel and Lindelof, the film is meant to be a satire on America's substantial political division between left and right. It tells the story of a group of nobles who kidnap working-class persons to hunt them down.
The project was announced in March 2018 and the cast was announced a year later. The shooting occurred in New Orleans. The film was scheduled to be released on September 27, 2019. However, due to the mass shootings in Dayton and El Paso in early August 2019, Universal Pictures chose to postpone it. The Hunt entered theatres in the US on March 13, 2020, with mixed reviews among critics. The COVID-19 pandemic prompted the closure of most theatres after a week after the film's release, resulting in a box office total of barely $12.4 million. Universal released The Hunt digitally on March 20."The Hunt succeeds as a darkly humorous action thriller, but it misses the mark when attempting timely social satire." The film has an average weighted score of 50 out of 100 on Metacritic, signifying "mixed or average reviews" from 45 critics.According to CinemaScore, the film received an average grade of "C+" on a range of A+ to F.
Plot of The Hunt
Athena Stone mentions a future hunt for "deplorable" at a manor ("Manorgate") in a group message. She later kills a man who staggers out of the cargo hold on her private jet. Eleven hostages awake in the woods with gags in their mouths as the Hunt begins. They discover a stash of arsenals and the keys to the gags in a clearing, but five of them get killed by an unidentified killer. Three captives escape through a fence made of barbed wire to a service station owned by Miranda and Julius ("Ma" and "Pop," respectively), identifying the location as in Arkansas. The three escapees were kidnapped from a different place in the United States and recognize the similarities between their position about the "Manorgate" conspiracy theory. One of the three dies after eating a poisonous doughnut, whereas Ma and Pop (two of the captors) use poison gas on the 2nd escapee and a shotgun blast on the third. They then cleaned up the station so that the next person could arrive. Crystal Creasey, an Army veteran, enters as the fourth captive. She observes that the cigarettes are too costly for the region after purchasing them and obtaining the spare change from Ma and Pop. Crystal takes the shotgun from behind the counter and shoots Ma and Pop with that. When Crystal checks the pickup vehicle outside, she discovers her actual location when she understands that the Arkansas license plate is a fake plate that was replaced with a Croatian one underneath. She also discovers a booby-wired trap connected to the driver's side door and warns Gary, a conspiracy theorist podcaster and fellow hostage.
They join a train car full of refugees, whom Gary suspects are crisis actors, and Croatian soldiers then attack the train. When Gary tries to convince the armed forces of Manorgate and the refugees of their fraud, a refugee named "Crisis Mike" says to Gary that he is a hunter. Still, the rest of the refugees are innocent. He admits that the raid was unexpected and offers Gary a head start in exchange for cooperation. Gary steals a grenade from Mike and kills him with it. Crystal is then sent to a refugee camp, wherein she meets Don, another escapee. Oliver, a representative from the US Embassy in Zagreb, arrives to transport them to the embassy. During the journey, Oliver inquires as to why they were picked for the Hunt and makes a Freudian slip, implying that they "must have been picked for a reason." Crystal knocks Oliver out of the car and suspiciously runs him over. She and Don discover Gary's body in the trunk, as well as a box labeled "bribe money" and a map, and they assume Oliver is a member of the hunters. Crystal tells Don the story of "The Jackrabbit and the Box Turtle," a parody of "The Tortoise and the Hare," where the Jackrabbit murder the Box Turtle after losing. Crystal kills the hunters she sees and injures their tactical strategist Sgt. Dale. Don is asked over the radio by Athena if he killed Crystal. Don is assassinated after refusing to disarm and pointing his revolver at Crystal. Sgt is tortured and killed by Crystal. Dale gets to where Athena's located and then kills him. A flashback shows Athena's text in the group was a joke in exchange. However, it was released online, causing a furor about "Manorgate." As a result, the group text participants, whose careers have been ruined, resolve to make Manorgate a reality and capture those responsible for circulating the conspiracy theory. After seeing an insulting social media post from Crystal, Athena requested Crystal to take part in the Hunt. When they meet, Crystal says that Athena misunderstood her as another woman from the town with the same first name but a different middle name. Crystal was also given the nickname 'Snowball' by the hunters, which is connected to the book Animal Farm. The two fight and impale each other on the cutting edges of a food processor, and then Athena dies, but Crystal notices a jackrabbit nearby and regains some power, recalling the story she told Don. She cauterizes her wound, grabs Athena's bag with clothes, and then leaves on her private plane.
The Cast of the Movie
Production of The Hunt
Universal Pictures acquired the film's rights in March 2018 and commissioned Craig Zobel to direct it from a script written by Nick Cuse and Damon Lindelof. The initial title of the script was Red State Vs. Blue State, which refers to the red and blue states. Later, Universal published a statement denying that it was ever used as a working title for the film. The phrase "deplorables" is used by the elite hunters to refer to Hillary Clinton's "basket of deplorables," which she used during the 2016 presidential elections in the United States campaign to indicate half of them are presidential candidate Donald Trump's supporters. In the early writing of the script, working-class conservatives were portrayed as the film's heroes. Nathan Barr composed the cinematic score in place of Heather McIntosh. Back Lot Music published the soundtrack.
Review of The Hunt
The Hunt is a magnificently dark satire of today's world politics. It's intended to be among the most imposing films of the recent past and unquestionably succeeds in that goal. Just like black humor, you either enjoy it or you don't. Avoid this film if you cannot handle a joke on the most sensitive taboo themes, or you'll be disturbed for a week. Ontheotherhand, The Huntis one of the most entertaining, brilliant, funny, violent, outrageous action thrillers you're going to see in a long time if you can see the amusing part of this type of comedy. Damon Lindelof and Nick Cuse go all out, leaving no scene unfinished. The film is well-made because it is well-written, well-produced, as well as well-performed. A few minor things that could be improved with the ending and a minor subplot do not detract from Craig Zobel's great concept or Betty Gilpin's connecting performance. Depending on how much you love dark humor, you will not disappoint by watching the movie.
Despite this, "The Hunt" is a lot sharper and no more unusual than most studio horror pictures, and its political slant at least promotes conversation, implying that there's more to this hot potato than just provocation. Assume we all share the view that there is far too much violence in today's American cinema. The potential risk of "The Hunt" is not that it will inspire copycat actions (the premise is far too implausible for that), but that it will drive a hazardously combustible wedge through the tinderbox of extreme political affiliation, creating a false equivalence among Whole professional liberals and racist, conspiracy-minded right-wingers. Back in August 2017, two years before the "Hunt" shootings began, Trump sent a dark tweet to the whole nation when he reacted to death at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., by claiming that "wonderful people on both sides" were involved." Zobel and Lindelof will explore the opposite side, which holds that both sides' acts and ideas might be equally deplorable. There are no good characters in "The Hunt," only hunters and hunted, played by character actors familiar to television audiences. A handful has significantly more prominent roles (the lefties are led by a psychopath named Athena, who was stunt-cast alongside Hilary Swank). Even though the film proves early on that off-screen status does not give greater survivability. One of the film's pranks is to surprise the viewers with well-prepared and diabolically gripping "kills" whenever needed, and on several occasions, familiar faces explode right before your eyes by almost splattering the camera. Craig Zobel directs The Hunt, and he has previously directed films such as Compliance and Z for Zachariah, as well as episodes of TV shows such as Westworld, The Leftovers, and One Dollar. Given the projects' topical satire themes, Zobel makes this his most ambitious directing work to date, fixing the film with a strange blending of comedy and horror inside the satire framework of a political arena. Zobel suggests a "tongue in cheek" tone in several parts of the film that lend some comedy to its profound realm of hunting humans and horrific deaths. Furthermore, Zobel is conscious of how absurd the premise of this film is and does open up the film to be presented in a "campy" style and seems more self-aware of its oddball scenario. This concept can backfire sometimes, but we should believe that The Hunt benefits from it in several ways. In addition, Zobel creates an exciting opening first act for the film, which undoubtedly plays with people's expectations of "who" we (as viewers) follow characters in the film and displays a distinct kind of satirical presentation. Also, the last fight scene is the most inventive fun in a campy violent sense. Unfortunately, despite the "public talk" surrounding the film, The Hunt struggles to be what it wants to be, earning criticism for its effort and general execution of its narrative and characters. To begin with, the movie's idea is strange and occasionally becomes too absurd.
Also, the film has a campy tone throughout, which adds to its likeability, but this tone comes off as too much, making it difficult to adapt to the overall political themes which it attempts to portray. It's similar to what happened with Blumhouse's Happy Death Day, where the surreal idea is combined with humor and horror. However, that blending sometimes doesn't work out, resulting in the two genre aspects clashing and not congealing effectively. Speaking about political remarks, the film's most significant issue is its lack of consideration of such political viewpoints. In a few parts, the film addresses the opposing ideologies of liberals and conservatives. Still, it refuses to dive into the circumstances that led to the current political separation between the people of the United States with any genuine depth or substance. However, most of the characters in the film are barely written and thinly presented, many of these built characters are presented in a manner that is more or less for cannon fodder. Moreover, these characters only progress within their original setup. In addition, as previously stated, the written language by these performers is very bland and hammy from beginning to end?. even when their different characters attempt to be serious or amusing. The film's analysis of online hatred is essentially apparent missing the greater issues brought by the age of social media. The film touches on online conspiracy theories and cancellation culture, but never combines them into a coherent thesis. The script is more concerned with observation and repetition rather than with examination.
The pre-release debate is likely since The Hunt's humor and tone are difficult to convey in a trailer. On the surface, the relationship between hunters and their prey appears straightforward. As we get to know them, we discover that many of those fleeing for their life have attitudes that, let us say, tilt to the right of the political spectrum in the United States, whereas those chasing them lean to the left. However, by the film's midway point, it should be clear to anyone taking score that both sides are being portrayed sympathetically. The Hunt never goes complete political satire, but it is skilled enough to recognize that for the notion to work, it must prick the biases of one side while opening the hypocrisies of the other. It's a culture war. Characters appear and disappear throughout, but Betty Gilpin (GLOW) as Crystal Creasey equals Uma Thurman as The Bride in Kill Bill. Her steely gaze absorbs everything around her, although she mumbles much of her talk, fully conscious of the suspiciousness of her situation. Several of 'the hunted' manage to flee their immediate surroundings but being drugged and stranded somewhere indicates a manipulating force at work. Gilpin can bide her time, assess the situation, and deploy swift and brutal action as necessary. The aftermath may be dramatic (Blood! So much blood!), yet she sells it with a deliberately understated and always composed performance.
The Hunt became one of the most controversial pictures of its period, and as its secondary marketing campaign put it, "the most talked about movie of that year is one that no one has seen." Following a string of horrific shootings across America, the marketing campaign was canceled on September 27, 2019. The film was pulled from Universal's release schedule after then-President Trump tweeted disparaging remarks about a film he had never watched and knew nothing about. Universal reconsidered and chose to release the film in March 2020. Finally, The Hunt has an appealing aura of controversy inside its political observations and satirical premise. Still, it never indeed follows through on that idea and winds up being more of a boring "one and done" attempt.