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.
- The Hunter (Australia 2011) (itpworld.wordpress.com)
- Under the Radar?: “The Hunter” (fogsmoviereviews.com)
- ‘The Hunter': A magnificent effort by all involved (jayacheladrolma.wordpress.com)