Review: The Hunt

Year: 2020
Runtime: 90 Minutes
Director: Craig Zobel
Writer: Nick Cuse, Damon Lindelof
Stars: Betty Gilpin, Hilary Swank, Ike Barinholtz

By Rosa Parra

“The Hunt” is one of the few films currently on-demand after the majority of movie theatres have mandatorily closed due to COVID 19. It’s no secret this film comes with a small wave of controversy as it was pushed back after an unfortunate mass shooting. Also, another layer of discussion was added after the plot of the film was revealed.

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After watching “The Hunt,” I’m not entirely sure where I land within the audience spectrum. When the film ended, I was left with several questions about the movie, including decisions made within the movie. ‘The Hunt” attempts to reflect the current political climate of the U.S. and nearly succeeds. There’s the far left elite gathering and abducting members of the far-right to hunt them. Also, we get a glimpse of the consequences of social media, technology, and the way misinformation is handled. I’m always ready to watch a film with bloody kills and some fun action (this film checks off both boxes). Some deaths were shocking and unexpected; also, I did appreciate the variation of kills. Since the audience isn’t given time with the characters, their deaths are insignificant. This film is anchored by an outstanding performance from Betty Gilpin, sadly this wouldn’t be enough for me to care about her character.

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The fight scenes were decent though I must give a shout out to the climactic fight scene. Two women fighting with anything they can find (kitchen utensils), there’s glass everywhere, broken tables, and some quick timeouts, making it a unique action sequence. However, I wasn’t a fan of the way it ended due to its cringe-worthy dialogue and an uncertain outcome.

Betty Gilpin
The Hunt
Universal Pictures

As I’m writing this review, I’m taking a film class named “Race and Gender in American Film.” The first subject we covered was stereotyping (why and how it came to be). And boy does this film wrap itself with a stereotype blanket. Credit should be given where it’s due; these writers stereotype both sides equally (right and left). They also gave both sides a significant number of kills. I’ve known people who identify as Republicans and aren’t nowhere near to the characters portrayed onscreen, and the same goes for Democrats. There’s no denying we all stereotype, the problem arises when we do it based on our own beliefs and culture, rather than understanding and interacting with the group of people themselves. Social media is a robust platform capable of creating and destroying jobs and projects. The influence of misinformation is relevant and accurately utilized throughout this film.

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Overall “The Hunt” is nothing more than an action-filled movie full of stereotypes that missed the opportunity to deliver a powerful message. This film is the live-action depiction of a social media post where both parties are attacking one another. If you’re looking to be entertained by the action and kills then, this is your film, but if you’re seeking a smart film addressing social and political issues, then place your hopes elsewhere.

2.5 stars

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