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Based on the acclaimed novel by Julia Leigh, THE HUNTER is a powerful psychological drama which takes us deep into the stunning Tasmanian wilderness. Academy Award nominee Willem Dafoe (SPIDER MAN, THE ENGLISH PATIENT, PLATOON) stars as Martin David, a mercenary hired by a mysterious biotech company to hunt for the last remaining Tasmanian Tiger. Under the wing of Jack Mindy (Sam Neill, THE PIANO), Martin lodges at the home of Lucy (Frances O'Connor, AI: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE), who is grief-stricken after the disappearance of her husband, Jarrah and struggling to care for her two children, Sass and Bike. As Martin goes about his clandestine mountain search, he finds himself unexpectedly drawn to the troubled family and the treacherous landscape.
A Superb Modern Tragedy
The Hunter is a deeply beautiful and haunting film. It's remained with me even since I first watched it.
All the actors are wonderful, including the children, but Willem Dafoe deserves a special mention. As the hunter, he really carries this psychological narrative and does so completely convincingly. That takes a special class of actor.
The more I reflect on it, the more I find mythic themes embedded in the narrative and imagery. How wonderful to have a story for our times with such deep resonances, yet true to the condition of modern people. Perhaps that is what makes this modern myth, worthy of Sophocoles or Euripides, so true and dreadful and wonderful.
It is great to see a movie such as this. Its is a refreshing movie to watch & is much needed amoungst all the rubbish movies produced today. It is a bit drawn out in length but still worth the watch. And I also believe this animal still may roam the tassie wilderness. Lets hope it stays undiscovered.
Great movie, terrible book
As a Tasmanian, it's great to see the Tyenna, National Park and Westerway on film! This is a sensitive, and quite beautiful rendition of what was an absolutely terrible book (I mean, bioweapons for Gods sake!). Dafoe brings intelligence to a role that could have been quite wooden, and the scenery, well… I'm bias. Can I point out though that most of the forestry workers I have come across, as well as the protesters in the upper Florentine, are pretty amiable people, and nothing like those portrayed in the movie.
- Genre: Thriller
- Released: 2011
- © 2011 Porchlight Films Pty Limited, Screen Australia, Screen NSW, Tasmania Development and Resources and Nude Run Pty Limited.