6/10 (Should have been 8/10)
Director: Craig Zobel
Twelve strangers wake up in a clearing. They don’t know where they are, or how they got there. They don’t know they’ve been chosen – for a very specific purpose – The Hunt.
I kind of love this movie, original, funny, but holy f**k was the lead women Betty Gilpin as Crystal, miscast. To me she completely destroyed the whole thing. Her body language, her way to deliver the lines all felt extremely constructed and absolutely 0% feel genuine or natural. Apparently she has 38 credits on iMdb, but I have only seen her in the smaller role in the TV show Nurse Jackie, and if I remember correctly, she did that just great, so I don’t think she’s a bad actress but sure as hell this was a miscast. So this could have been a 8-9/10 but since she has such a big part and killed it (not in the good sense) it goes down several steps. They should have gone with Hilary Swank as the lead instead.
But if we focus on the other parts, the first 30 minutes really have some original ideas and surprise moments. And then we get more or less non-stop action for the entire movie.
From what I understand this was much talked about before being released as controversial politically. First, why? This thing they talk about you read about 100 times a day on Facebook groups. Second off, is this an American thing or? There seem to be only 2 viewpoints on each topic? Black or white! Nothing is that simple in life, especially not politics.
It was shot in Louisiana, USA between 20 February 2019 – 5 April 2019.
Due to the closure of movie theaters during the COVID-19 pandemic, Universal announced that the movie will be available to rent from Friday 20th March 2020 with 48-hour viewing windows for $19.99. This comes merely one week after hitting theater screens after being pulled from its previous release.
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