Conclusion: 'The Hunt' is a delicately crafted and utterly absorbing drama that challenges audiences with weighty moral dilemmas and harrowing tragedy. Fueled by precise direction, incredible performances, and a fascinating sociological study, the film leaves a lasting impression. The video transfer is impressive with sharp detail and no technical issues, and though a bit restrained, the audio mix is subtly immersive.
Conclusion: Make no mistake: this Danish production about a teacher falsely accused of sexually assaulting a child is among the best films released this year, a powerhouse representation of toxic groupthink, unfalsifiable accusations, and the easy corruptibility of trust. This tricky and unsettling material, however, makes The Hunt a film many might not want to watch too many times, despite a crackerjack performance from Mads Mikkelsen and many moments of filmmaking artistry as it...
Conclusion: The Hunt leaves the viewer disturbed, because it's such an effective reminder of how quickly one can be ejected from society by unforeseen developments beyond our control. No one person is responsible for what happens to Lucas, not even young Klara, who simply succumbs to a child's flash of emotion, which she repeatedly tries to retract.
Conclusion: The Hunt was an insanely difficult film to tackle considering the subject matter but the fact that Mads Mikkelsen was our protagonist made an easier ordeal to handle. Mads is a terrific actor and he plays the crap out of Lucas. He IS Lucas. Magnolia has done a great job on the audio and video specifications but the special features could have been beefed up just a bit more.
Excerpt: Thomas Vinterberg's The Hunt opens on a familiar scene of middle-aged male bonding. Several fellas are out in the woods getting drunk and horsing around, daring one another to jump in a lake, even though its November and already chilly. One of the guys eventually strips down to nothing and takes the plunge, and the others respond with congratulatory hooting and hollering.
Excerpt: Child molestation is at once the most heinous crime a person can be accused of—even murderers and other rapists in prison treat pedophiles like pariahs—and the most difficult charge to refute. Small children can’t articulate traumatic experiences they don’t understand, so adults naturally tend to err on the side of assuming the worst.
Excerpt: The Film Our betters in Blighty have recently decided what's best for us all in order to call our dreadful journalists to heel. Said journos are trying to defend themselves using arguments about a free press, paying no heed to why all of this hoo-ha boiled up into a problem anyway. Well, just to remind you all, newspapers hacked celebrities on an industrial level, and appointed themselves our moral guardians in the "public interest" as they periodically chase, demean and...
Summary: Exploring the disturbing ripple effects of a false sexual-abuse accusation, this absorbing if not particularly innovative picture will fit snugly into the recent run of solid Danish dramas that have done well at fests and in arthouses worldwide.
Summary: Although it never shirks from showing how unfounded suspicions destroy lives, this excellent drama from Danish director Thomas Vinterberg ( Festen ) and writer Tobias Lindhom ( A Hijacking ) has a wonderfully sly sense of understatement about it. There's no music, except to show the passing of time, no melon-smashing SFX when punches fly, and although events do spiral out of control, the method of recounting them never does.