Even before The Hunt hits theaters, the internet tried to have it cancelled. Calling it disgusting, brutal, dangerous, demented and evil – plus many more things. The movie with a story about a group of rich elite who abduct twelve strangers and decide to hunt them for fun. The movie brings an ultimate clash of the haves and the have nots to the screen.
But despite the push back, Blumhouse and Universal are finally releasing The Hunt with a poster that takes some of their favorite critiques and makes into the artwork. So going into an early screening of The Hunt, I figured it could either be an unmitigated failure or one that we’re going to watch again. Thankfully, I left the screening pleasantly surprised and really enjoyed The Hunt for more than one reason.
Joining a long line of movies featuring a clash of the classes, The Hunt follows the path of the Elite going after a lower class much like Parasite and Ready or Not. Filled with political statements, and pitting liberals against conservatives the movie seems to hit every hot button issue and focuses on issues that may trigger others. With the Liberal Elites often mocked for their Veganism and progressive views – they seem to lose all of these morals when it comes to what is known in popular culture as “Manorgate”.
But what about those criticisms? Is The Hunt really as bad as the internet critiques and keyboard warriors were predicting? Yes, it’s violent, yes it’s politically charged (but not in the way you’d expect). Yes, The Hunt has some graphic moments that will have you covering your eyes and others will have you laughing along. I would even say that The Hunt documents more of the most creative ways to dispatch a person that we’ve seen in movies – it’s not one for the weak of heart.
But if you enjoyed Ready or Not, The Running Man and other movies with a similar base story – you’re going to enjoy The Hunt. It is a rated R movie, but it’s one that is really fun to watch and with some unexpected turns along the way. There were a couple things that were a bit predictable for us, but you’ll enjoy some seriously entertaining fight scenes and brutal death scenes throughout.
The Hunt is in theaters everywhere on March 13th.
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About THE HUNT:
The most talked about movie of the year is the one nobody has seen … yet.
Twelve strangers wake up in a clearing. They don’t know where they are, or how they got there. They don’t know they’ve been chosen… for a very specific purpose … The Hunt.
In the shadow of a dark internet conspiracy theory, a group of elites gathers for the very first time at a remote Manor House to hunt ordinary Americans for sport. But the elites’ master plan is about to be derailed because one of The Hunted, Crystal (Betty Gilpin, GLOW), knows The Hunters’ game better than they do. She turns the tables on the killers, picking them off, one by one, as she makes her way toward the mysterious woman (two-time Oscar® winner Hilary Swank) at the center of it all.
From Jason Blum, the producer of Get Out and The Purge series, and Damon Lindelof, creator of the HBO series Watchmen and co-creator of the TV series Lost, comes a timely and provocative new satirical thriller that has already ignited a national conversation. Now, it’s time to decide for yourself. (UNIVERSAL)
This film is rated R.