Hello my dear movie lovers, I hope you are doing well today. The movie industry is in a bit of a weird time with the world wide quarantine happening, so a lot of brand new movies are making themselves available digitally instead of being released in theaters.
I don’t mind much because it’s saving me a lot of money, and I get to watch them in the comfort of my too warm apartment (seriously can we get the heat checked, it should not be 30 degrees Celsius in my apartment).
This week I watched the movie The Hunt. I was quite excited about this movie when I heard the synopsis, but that excitement quickly ran away when I started watching the movie.
Twelve strangers wake up in a clearing. They don’t know where they are — or how they got there. In the shadow of a dark internet conspiracy theory, ruthless elitists gather at a remote location to hunt humans for sport. But their master plan is about to be derailed when one of the hunted, Crystal, turns the tables on her pursuers.
Title: The Hunt
Director: Craig Zobel
The Rich Hunting the Poor
The Hunt’s premise was what got me interested right away. Rich people hunting poor people for sport. It sounded like a Hunger Games like idea that could see a lot of tension, action, and thrilling scenes.
Instead we get half-assed slaughterings, too-obvious action moments, and poor attempts at humor.
I never felt any tension or suspense. I was never even invested in any of the main characters. I think the movie was trying to find a good balance between funny and thrilling, but missed the mark on both of them. It would have been much better if they focused more on the suspense or the humor, and complimented one with the other.
What it really was
The Hunt has very few redeemable moments. The concept is on the unique side but doesn’t come off in any satisfying way. The “bad guys” took their political ideologies and tried way too hard sounding like they actually believed in those ideals, and the “good guys” were all but slaughtered right off the hop, and the few we are left with are either stereotypical to the point of being annoying, or so bland and uninteresting that there’s nothing to latch on to.
There were plot points that came and went with almost no satisfaction to them, and there were others that actually made me hate the movie even more than I already was.
Slow and Steady Wins the Race
One of the biggest problems of The Hunt is that it can’t seem to focus on one plot point. We have the rich hunting the poor, then we have a bit of a backstory to one of the rich people which turns into some weird rivalry that isn’t even real.
It’s all over the place, and it didn’t stick to any of the plot lines long enough for me to care about how it was resolved.
I don’t think I need to tell you any more about my dislike for this movie. It was poorly executed, and couldn’t quite fit the bed that it made for itself.
If you want to talk more about The Hunt, or any other movies, let’s chat in the comments, or send me a movie review you wrote on social media so I can read your likes/dislikes.
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