the hunt movie review - Aussieboyreviews


The Hunt is a satirical thriller with tons of gore and is best left for older and mature teens. It’s kind of a Battle Royale, but is very violent and pretty bland. There is also frequent swearing.


Powerful elites capture twelve strangers, all who don’t know each other or where they are, but they’ve been chosen for a specific event: The Hunt.

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Movie details

Director: Craig Zobel
Cast: Betty Gilpin, Ike Barinholtz, Amy Madigan, Emma Roberts, Ethan Suplee, Hilary Swank
Writer: Nick Cuse, Damon Lindelof
Release Date (Australia): 9 April 2020
Runtime: 90 minutes/1h 30m
Genre: Action, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Language: English


Themes (M)

Several people hunt other people for sport.

Violence (MA15+)

The film includes gory depictions of shootings and multiple stabbings that result in large blood sprays and gore and injury detail.

Coarse Language (MA15+)

The film includes frequent use of the word “f**k”, in addition to uses of “s**t” and “**shole”.

Drug Use (PG)

There is a verbal reference to overdosing on a drug.

mpaa rating

R (for strong bloody violence, and language throughout)

Aussie boy's thoughts

The Hunt likes to brag about how much of a “gory battle royale” and a “disturbance to humanity” it is, all while it’s just your averagely constructed movie with moments of bloody gore. It chooses an attractive scenario and arrests attention, but the whole intelligent idea goes to waste.

It’s when you reach the end of “the hunt” where you realise it’s just another lame movie trying to show off some gory tricks. Craig Zobel is able to submit decent characters who get themselves into intriguing situations, but it all feels as if there’s absolutely nothing to truly root for. It leads us to believe that there was no real effort or consideration put into The Hunt, and it’s just a lazy excuse to create gory deaths.

But don’t receive the wrong message about the fact that it entirely brags about how insanely violent it is, because it’s still a watchable, thrilling and occasionally amusing action-horror movie. Betty Gilpin delivers a solid performance, mainly because it’s not difficult to watch her walking around. The gore is insane and not kid-friendly, but fans of violent movies will get a kick out of The Hunt’s brutality and fatalities.

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