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April 29, 2020

The Hunt (2020) --- “The Most Talked About Movie of the Year is One That No One's Actually Seen”


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     In the shadow of a dark internet conspiracy theory known as Manor Gate, twelve strangers (Emma Roberts, Wayne Duvall, Ethan Suplee, Betty Gilpin, and more) wake up in a remote clearing with no memory of where they are or how they got there. As the ruthless elites start hunting down the humans for sport, their master plan is soon on a path to destruction when one of the hunted turns the tables on them. Directed by Craig Zobel (Z for Zachariah) and written by Nick Cuse (Watchmen) and Damon Lindelof (Watchmen), The Hunt (2020) is a gruesome and thrilling horror satire film that imagines a world where Breitbart and QAnon fans’ worst nightmare is true: that a group of rich elites hunts humans whom they deem racists or misogynists - basically any gun-clinging, Bible-thumping white southerner who says “ma’am - for sport. 
     The Hunt is more of a gruesome thriller film about real-world fears that are highly likely to be true. The story plays into the fear of how a group of liberal elites would turn to kill humans for sport in order to take out the frustration and simply because they believe they are entitled to dispose of people whom they deem to be a menace to society. High off of its clever story pitch, the film forgoes its setup, attempts to feign multiple twists, doesn’t shy away from pointing out its ironies, and inserts just enough humor to garner only a small handful of chuckles. In addition, the film showcases a lot of thrilling and suspenseful action sequences such as big shootouts, bloody boobytraps, close combat battles, hand-to-hand combat, and many painful-looking blood splatter wounds from all kinds of weapons. But when compared to 2019’s Ready or Not, The Hunt is more of a smarmy, disgusting, bloodbath than anything else. 
     The cast performances were good. Betty Gilpin (GLOW) delivers a standout performance as Crystal Creasey. She is kind of like a female Rambo with a southern drawl, who seems to have learned a lot from her time serving in Afghanistan. Most of the time she hums to herself and delivers some unusual facial expressions. This is without a doubt an odd performance that is the highlight of the entire film. The villains in this story are liberal elites led by a woman named Athena played by Hilary Swank (Trust, I Am Mother). Swank does a good job as the villain but she resides in the background for most of the film. The rest of the cast includes some minor performances by Ike Barinholtz, Wayne Duvall, Ethan Suplee, Emma Roberts, Christopher Berry, Sturgill Simpson, Kate Nowlin, Amy Madigan, Reed Birney, Glenn Howerton, Hannah Alline, and Usman Ally.
     Overall, The Hunt (2020) is a smarmy, gruesome, and disgusting bloodbath about real-world fears that are highly likely to be true. The story was interesting but the thrilling and suspenseful action sequences are what take up most of the film. The cast performances are good, with Betty  Gilpin having the most screen time and Hilary Swank doing a pretty good job as a background villain that doesn’t actually enter the film until the very end. If you're a fan of Blumhouse Productions then I am sure that you will enjoy this film but keep in mind the story’s premise is based on real-world fears that are in turn based on real-world conspiracy theories that are more fact than fiction.

Final Vote --- 6 of 10 stars

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