Excerpt: The Hunter may not be the typical sort of film that you see us discussing here at Brutal as Hell, as although it treads into thriller territory at times it isn’t technically a genre film. It is however a haunting and memorable film that has an undeniable air of uncanniness about it.
Conclusion: 'The Hunter' is a somber, slow-burn thriller seeped in mystery and tragedy. Willem Dafoe turns in a truly impressive performance, and while certain plot points are underwritten, the film is emotionally satisfying. The video transfer is solid and the audio mix is very strong.
Excerpt: Much of The Hunter’s slow build is in place to build upon a concerning ecological message, although one that at times is indirect. Captured in Tasmania, Hunter soaks up stunning locales, rich in natural beauty. It’s no wonder the Tasmanian Tiger took up residence in such a place.
Excerpt: Martin David (Willem Dafoe) is one of the world’s finest mercenaries, a man with immense skill and intense dedication. His latest task is to hunt down an unusual target, one that might not even exist.
Conclusion: My one bit of advice: Don't expect The Hunter to be anything like last year's lupine thriller, The Grey . This is a more subdued story— with, forgive me, less bite—and those looking for amped up man versus nature action will most likely be disappointed.
Excerpt: There is greatness within director Daniel Nettheim’s The Hunter (available VOD now and in theaters April 6), but it’s not fully-realized greatness. Supported by beautiful camera work and an extraordinary performance by Willem Dafoe, the film has many solid elements working in its favor but holding...
Excerpt: He works alone. "It must be nice for you, not to need anyone," his handler tells him, and he doesn't respond. The job is to go into the wilds of Tasmania to procure "biological samples" from the Tasmanian tiger--the last one, if it even exists.
Excerpt: It’s possible to think of The Hunter as a thriller diluted by atmosphere or a mood piece disrupted by plot, but for much of the film’s length, director Daniel Nettheim successfully pitches camp in the razor-thin overlap between the two.