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 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.
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.