LAPDANCE LARRY
SEVENTIES SIMON
PHOTOGRAPHY
COMIC ART
INTERVIEWS
BOOKS
Sub-menu 1.2.1.1
FESTIVALS
EXHIBITIONS


     


The Hunter

A mercenary, Martin David (Willem Dafoe), is dispatched by a biotech company to the Tasmanian wilderness to retrieve a DNA sample from the thought-to-be extinct Tasmanian Tiger; apparently the animal is possessing of a toxin which the corporation seeks to weaponize. Walking a thin line between local redneck miners and tree huggin' greenies, David surreptitiously lays traps for the rumoured, elusive beast while he shacks up with widowed mother, Lucy (Frances O'Connor).




The Hunter has many things going for it but credibility of plot is not one of them. Why on earth a multinational corporation, which clearly has some clout, would pour resources into tracking down an animal that by most accounts is extinct rather than source a tissue sample from a museum is not made clear. Perhaps the novel by Julia Leigh (the writer and director of the recent Sleeping Beauty), on which the film is based, exposed the reasoning behind this. There is also a turn of events towards the end of the film which defies all apparent logic but to mention it here would be too big a spoiler.

Plot flaws aside, however, the film is very competently produced and it is to director Daniel Nettheim's credit that the narrative cracks are papered over reasonably effectively as the film plays out to its remarkably brave conclusion.

The performances are roundly excellent and the slow burn nature of this psychological thriller puts it on par with the likes of Deliverance. Its application of themes of extinct Thylacines and murder in the Tasmanian wilderness invites frightful parallels to the gratuitous Aussie horror, Dying Breed, which is a little disconcerting while watching the film, but rest assured that no cannibals turn up here. And of course, the Tassie wilderness is, naturally, absolutely stunning.
Stuart Jamieson
www.thehuntermovie.com












also featured

Guardians of the Galaxy
By the time you read this, Guardians of the Galaxy will already be big.
Read more >>


Lucy
As films get bigger and computers allow even the boldest ideas to become visual reality, the demands on the viewer’s suspension of disbelief has grown to an almost ridiculous level.
Read more >>


Sex Tape

As far as cringe comedies go, Sex Tape can be viewed in twos. Read more >>

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Directly picking up where the previous film left off, the end credit sequence for Rise of the Planet of the Apes becomes the title sequence for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
Read more >>


Jersey Boys

Jersey Boys is Clint Eastwood's film adaptation of the hit stage musical of the same name.
Read more >>


How To Train Your Dragon 2
In this sequel to How To Train Your Dragon, our young heroes are noticeably older - they must be in their mid to late teens now - and the story has matured correspondingly.
Read more >>


22 Jump Street
Comedy sequels are risky, even more so with a concept based on characters as opposed to theme.
Read more >>


The Fault in our Stars

This is teen love with a twist.
Read more >>


A Million Ways to Die in the West
There are a number of things that stand in the way of A Million Ways To Die In The West from becoming this generation’s Blazing Saddles. Back in 1974, Blazing Saddles set a high watermark of bad taste, risqué humour and of pushing the boundaries of acceptable cinema comedy of its time.
Read more >>


Edge of Tomorrow

Baulking at the prospect of being sent to the front line, a military public relations guy, Major Bill Cage (Tom Cruise), is arrested for desertion and sent to a training facility as a Private.
Read more >>

Find modmove.com on Facebook

Stay up to date with modmove news
about modmove
What to know how we got started?
Read more >>
read the modmove blog
Check out all the random stuff that didn't make it to the website!
Read more >>
contact Us
If you have any queries or if you would like more information about modmove,
we would love to hear from you! 
Read more >>
join our mailing list
subscribe to the mailing list and receive the modmove newsletter.
search
search modmove for previous news and reviews.


     


HootSuite - Social Media Dashboard

Privacy Notice
| Contact Us | Site Map | Copyright © 2009 modmove.com | Entertainment and Popular Culture in Review at modmove.com