The Hunt (2020) Movie Review
Written by: ML
Edited by: Grave Reviews Staff
Director: Craig Zobel
Producers: Jason Blum, Damon Lindelof
Writers: Nick Cuse, Damon Lindelof
Date Released: March 13, 2020
Betty Gilpin as Crystal Creasey
Hilary Swank as Athena Stone
Ike Barinholtz as Staten Island (Moses)
Wayne Duvall as Don
Ethan Suplee as Gary
Emma Roberts as Yoga Pants
Amy Madigan as Ma
Reed Birney as Pop
Glenn Howerton as Richard
Jason Kirkpatrick as Randy
Teri Wyble as Liberty
Steve Coulter as The Doctor (Ted)
Dean West as Martin
Rating = 3/5 Graves
***May contain some spoilers***
The story is about a group of people who were discussing in their chat about how they want to hunt deplorables in the manor. In a backstory, somehow, this chat was leaked on the internet and the online world started to believe this was true. The chat members had their lives ruined because of their supposedly harmless joke. Athena Stone decided they should make it real just to teach these people a lesson and to get back at those who ruined their reputation. They browsed the internet and searched for people who shared fake news about the hunt in the manor. They picked 12 people, one of which was the first to die on the plane to the manor in Croatia just because he wasn’t supposed to wake up yet. 11 people woke up on a field with gags in their mouths and a box of weapons. The hunting spree began with people getting brutally killed one by one. Death and adventure continued until the last person standing, Crystal, went head to head with Athena in the manor. After a brutal fight, Athena died and Crystal went back home.
First few minutes of the movie already showcased some brutal and bloody violence. As the premise suggests, this is about hunting people. There were a lot of killings, most of which were very random as part of the elimination of the victims. Some of the most notable death scenes include Emma Roberts’ character having her head blown, the crisis actor exploding with a grenade in his pants, the scene where the embassy envoy got his skull crushed by the car, and the deaths in the bunker, among other gunshots and explosions.
The Grave Review
It’s refreshing to see a horror thriller movie that reflects how conspiracy theories that were all supposedly just theories, become true. It was revealed somewhere in the middle part when Athena Stone finally revealed herself that their group chat was only a joke. Making it real was their way of mocking the people on the internet that thought it was real.
It was good that they used amazing actors for the cameo roles. Their brutal deaths during the first few minutes sparked a tension saying that this is indeed a “hunger games” type of killing spree. It might have been better if the deaths happened slower. It took just a scene on the field and one at the gas station that killed most of them off. But at least, Betty Gilpin and Hillary Swank’s breathtaking battle at the manor was the icing on the cake.
The only thing that was bothersome in this movie was the location in Croatia and the appearance of refugees. The refugee camps were also shown without further explanation. Also, the poor pig getting shot multiple times was also a bit sad.
Overall, this movie is highly recommended for those who want brutality, violence, gore, and some action.
For the foregoing reasons, Grave Reviews gives The Hunt (2020) three graves out of five graves.
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