We follow a family who lives in a cabin in the wild woods. Joseph (Devon Sawa), Anne (Camille Sullivan), and Renee (Summer H. Howell) work as fur trappers and are struggling to make ends meet financially. Anne suggests to Joseph they move away from the woods and start life afresh in a city. Joseph refuses and feels he can make the fur trapping lifestyle work if given a little more time.
But soon, the family make a haunting discovery. A dangerous wolf has returned to the woods, and now this family is threatened when they feel the wolf is seeking revenge on them. Joseph begins to hunt the wolf in the woods and, while doing so, begins to make a haunting discovery that has horrific and disturbing consequences for his family.
Hunter Hunter has a tremendous setup. We gain a complete understanding of this family and the pressures they currently have regarding topics such as finances and the lack of food. As a family, there are also disagreements and moments of awkwardness. To top it off, a dangerous wolf is also thrown in the mix. The film introduces many mysteries and some moments are not always clear to begin with. Taking the audience on a dark journey, many questions that are raised while watching will be answered in due time. Naturally, like hunting a wolf, skill and patience are required when viewing.
Performances were quite pleasing. Actor Devon Sawa was great, and this performance felt quite refreshing given the actor’s recent resume of films. Actresses Camille Sullivan and Summer H. Howell are given very little character development at the start. Thankfully, as this film progresses and threats are introduced, I became very impressed by their performance. Their roles become far more critical as the movie went forward, especially during the third act, which was also quite surprising to witness.
The film’s plot moves slowly, but I am excited to say I enjoyed every moment of this film. There is so much suspense and mystery here that I found myself entirely invested in the film’s plot and its characters. The ending is quite rewarding. The third act alone is shocking, with some intense moments of being unpredictable (especially the film’s final moments!). The film also easily earns its R18+ rating, so you have been warned. Generally, I do not have many negatives for this film other than a couple of side characters who attempted to bring a touch of humour to the screen, which never quite worked for me.
Overall, Hunter Hunter is quite an impressive film. It moves at a slow pace, but the film hooks its audiences with a mysterious plot and engaging characters. Performance from the leads is positive, and it was great to see actor Devon Sawa delivering something new, unlike his films before. The film is brutal and disturbing with its gore and suspense, and the film is loaded with unpredictable moments. Like hunting a wolf, it takes strength, courage, and patience to watch this film; if you dare to commit, its reward is worthwhile.
Hunter Hunter (2020) is Now Available on DVD!