A group of strangers wake up alone in the woods with gags over their mouths. Soon they all manage to find each other, along with a large wooden box in the centre of an open grass field. Inside the crate are knives, blades and guns- lots of guns. The group are now being brutally hunted down like animals. Why this is happening and who is behind this devilish act is all unknown to start with. The characters trying to survive this hunt are also given little to no back story at the start of the film.
The opening to this film is fun and extremely crazy. As the group wake up to discover the situation the general setup is enjoyable. I was curious to see more and understand what was going on. But what’s even more fun is how this film decides to play with the audience, particularly when you’re trying to work out which character is really leading the film. The surprises are different to anything I’ve seen in cinema before and the change was rather welcomed.
But most characters (possibly all!) give an over the top performance, talk way too much and are incredibly cheesy. It’s obvious this film is aiming to bring in laughs as well as crazy violence. The violence is also over the top, bloody and at times used for comedic purposes. While I do see the humour in some aspects, I feel some moviegoers will be shocked or perhaps put off by this type of film given the level of violence.
The lead performance of this film was great, and I’m surprised as to how many times I found myself having a good chuckle due to their delivery of dialogue. This actor and the 1st act itself are easily some of the best elements in the film.
Action sequences (particularly the last act) are also filmed well and I was able to see and follow everything as the film intended.
Overall, I feel “The Hunt” will leave many audiences divided given the level of violence and social themes. Personally, I found enjoyment in this film. With a solid performance from the leading character and a rather surprising 1st act, The Hunt is simply a brainless, entertaining movie with twists and turns.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden