The Hunt – ★★★✩✩

Certificate – 15
Directed By – Craig Zobel
Starring – Betty Gilpin, Hilary Swank, Ike Barinholtz, Wayne Duvall, Ethan Suplee, Emma Roberts, Justin Hartley
Running Time – 90 Minutes (1 Hour 30 Minutes)

The Hunt is the most controversial movie of 2019 despite no one actually seen a frame until now. Oddly, Universal is still worried about it because reviews are coming out once after the film is released in the UK.

It’s hard to understand why, because as this review (and I’m sure others) will state this is a perfectly fine fun B-movie.

What Is The Hunt About?

The simplest way to describe this film is twelve strangers, who turn out to be possibly republicans, being hunted for sport by a group of globalist elites (led by Swank) for the very first time at a remote Manor House. However, their master plan is ruined by Crystal (Gilpin) who turns the tables on them.

Is It Any Good?

This movie is such a great time and has a heartbeat of any decent B movie and by saying that is no bad thing.

It is a quick, action-packed, fully violent, dark comedy, and it wasn’t what I was expecting. The premise is more in line with the that this is Damon Lindelof and Blumhouse’s version of the Suicide Squad.

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The deaths come thick and fast, and they’re all enjoyable and surprising like Suicide Squad should be.

It takes a while to see Gilpin, but once she does come onscreen she is a total badass, and I loved seeing every minute of her. She’s a grey character to root for and get the feeling she hates everyone whatever their political side.

In a lot of ways, Crystal has an air of Clint Eastwood in either his Spaghetti westerns or Dirty Harry.

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I love Gilpin in GLOW, and these movies will help with her career and hope a studio give her a traditional action movie to lead.

Meanwhile, in Swank, you can understand her point of view (I don’t want to say too much because of spoilers) and is fun watching her be in video game terms be the final boss.

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The outrage of the film (again before anyone seeing it) was about the idea of Demicates hunting and killing Repbiclians. In fact, Lindelof satirical look at both sides, highlighting how awful they are and ironically highlights outrage, social media culture.

Additionally, bravo to the person who created The Hunt’s IMDb.

Anything Bad About The Film?

Nothing bad about this movie at all. However, I can see some people being a little annoyed or let down by the ending.

Honestly, this is a movie to have a drink and enjoy.

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Verdict

Betty Gilpin is a new action hero in this fast-paced, action-packed dark comedy that satirically looks at both sides of the political realm.

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