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. Also I really loved it and feel that it was criminally underseen in theatres so I welcome any excuse to recommend it to others.
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. Supplements are slim, but the included commentary and behind-the-scenes featurette offer some welcome insights. Though flawed, the film is still quite good and this disc is definitely worth a look.
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. Carrying the film at the forefront of those visuals is Willem Dafoe, playing against the type as a hired gun, grabbed by a biotech firm interested in the Tiger’s genetics.
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. The hunt is not for a political leader or other prominent person however, instead he is to track down an animal. A biotech operation seeks the genetic material of the Tasmanian tiger, which is presumed to be extinct.
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. The film is entrancing in its own quiet way, though—even without a plot I could enjoyably watch Willem Defoe set traps in the woods for ninety minutes—and while it stumbles at the end with an emotional payoff that it...
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 it back is a narrative that falters in its focus.
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. No one's photographed one in decades, though one has apparently been sighted, barely. He goes to his rented room in a home near the wilds, and gets to work.
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. Willem Dafoe , who brings brooding storm clouds with him wherever he goes, plays a hazily defined mercenary who takes on a pharmaceutical company’s assignment to hunt down the purportedly extinct Tasmanian tiger.