The Hunt

Twelve strangers wake up in a clearing with an arsenal, surrounded by hostile marksmen.
Slapstick Gore
Big Plot Twist

 

United States
2020
Feature Film
Realism: 
Plausible
Stalker: 
Hunter
Cultists: 
Clubbist
Government: 
Army
Trickster: 
Impostor
Lurer
Catastrophes: 
Explosion
Robot: 
Drone
7.04
Brutal!
5.04
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3
3
3
Performances
Pace
Plot
I thought puzzle horror was a thing of the past. Not that it was the first of its kind, but 1997’s The Game rekindled this trend. In The Hunt, death comes from all sides and you won’t know what hit you. Jab, jab, hook! This film isn’t just unpredictable, it’s counterintuitive. By the time you understand who the main protagonist is, you’ve already distrusted most of the cast.
Indeed, the first act is extremely disorienting. During the futile exposition phase, we’re tricked into caring for characters who, it turns out, don’t even have a name. The gore is extreme and abundant. Lots of guns, lots of explosives, lots of traps; this is a conservative’s wet dream come true. Right? In fact, Screenwriters Nick Cuse and Damon Lindelof are corrosive when it comes to politics.
The Hunt doesn’t necessarily have an agenda, but it hates political extremities. It basically trims the fat. If you’re a gun lover, if you’re obsessed with climate change, if you love or reject God, or if you’re a racist, you need to be dealt with. Like the grim reaper, the script is on a karmic mission to kill the archetypes its writers would like to see suffer. It’s a bold move. It’s brutal!
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