The Hunt [Review]

What a wild unexpected ride this was. Before I get started I want to make clear this is a Suspenseful Satirical Action Comedy with lots of gore and Horror tropes. I class it in with Horror as well because of my genuine fear of political discussions. I kid, but I really didn’t expect the film to have this kind of tone. I remember the first trailer before it was initially canceled, and my only gripe was thinking it showed too much of the movie. Boy was I wrong. The film leans in heavy on the comedy early on. Even though there are literally body parts raining from the sky, I couldn’t help but find myself laughing. I should have known with Ike Barinholtz and Glenn Howerton being part of the cast to expect more humor, but I didn’t expect Tucker & Dale vs Evil levels of funny. 
This movie attacks every political stereotype you can think of. That is not an exaggeration at all. I won’t list them all but just looking at my notes there are at least 45 different topics that get touched on like climate change, gun control, illegal immigration, white privilege, assuming gender, victim blaming, conspiracy and “crisis actors,” big game hunting, and so on for days. The main focus though of course is a group of “Elites” hunting victims they pick and choose for unknown reasons in a staged setting where they are given weapons to defend themselves. 
Like I said before they waste no time getting to the comedy, but also waste no time getting to the action, and there is a lot.
The cast is great and I absolutely love our main character Crystal played by Betty Gilpin. She plays this very awkward southern badass who can be funny and emotional, but remains mostly deadpan until she is kicking ass. She carries this film. Great performance from Hillary Swank as well, but much less screen time. there is actually a pretty big cast and any horror fan knows that means a high body count and this movie delivers. The gore is fantastic. It’s not too extreme and never drawn out, but looks great visually and never overdone. 
Getting past all of that we get to the big question. Is the film actually good? That is tricky. I would just say yes, but this is a movie that will effect different people in different ways and I think it was designed that way. I didn’t know it was going to have as much humor going in, so at first I felt disappointed, but that was my own ignorance i suppose, and the movie does it so well and I enjoy the angle of satire they went with. When I realized what it was, I was on board.
While I do think some of the topics seemed forced, I think it was worth it to show just how big of a problem this all is in reality. These topics consume social media, and one thing they touch on is false information and the influence and consequence it can have. It does a great job making light of a very real issues. 
After watching, I can understand Universals decision to delay the movie, but the gun discussions in the movie are quick and other than that, there are just guns in the movie because…weapons. Nothing too touchy but that is where opinions come in and I feel like this movie will shake up everyone’s in some way. some people will laugh and some people will get offended. Some people will agree and some people will get upset. I walked out with a smile on my face because I looked past everything and just saw an action packed, funny, modern spin on the satirical Horror/Suspense film. I recommend checking this one out for sure. I’ll drop the trailer below. The Hunt is out now starring Betty Gilpin, Hillary Swank, Ike Barinholtz and Wayne Duvall.

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Posted by Kyle Crawford

Horror Writer and Gorehound

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