At some point or another, you will be offended by The Hunt. But see it anyway, confident in the certainty that other people — people you don’t agree with, people you don’t like — will be offended, too.
For anyone who is tired of the woke Hollywood productions of the last decade, this movie is a breath of fresh air and a satisfying must-see. For once, we get a movie that is actually anti-woke, and I LOVED it.
The movie’s mock-jaundiced attitude toward social media is itself satirical, and there’s a germ of a funny idea about how principled liberals can get entangled in pointless social media battles and infighting. But it’s eclipsed by an unavoidably moneyed perspective that presumes privileged people are inherently liberal, rather than attacking the hypocrisy of rich liberals in particular.
Plot: 6/10...super ridiculous, but super fun
Dialogue: 7/10...love the use of tropes, both liberal and conservative, and could easily become quotable
Performances: 6/10...nobody was supposed to be serious and for the most part the characters hit their outrageous marks. Gilpin was phenomenal with facial expressions and delivery
Misc.: 6/10...actually some pretty good special effects and fight scenes.
Overall: 6/10...intended to be exactly what it was. Absurd and an absolute blast.
So I'm a Lindelof defender. I love Prometheus and the Watchmen TV show. Craig Zobel's 'Compliance' is fantastic.
But uh, this ****. The political satire is not clever beyond "Trump voters are redneck conspiracy theorists, and Liberal elites are hypocrites who care too much about being PC". It's 14yo Family Guy ****
If you want genre thrills with a smarter sense of subtext watch the Invisible Man.
If you've read the premise to this movie you've pretty much seen the movie. It makes stabs at a deeper message - "People become the monsters we imagine them to be" but I doubt there is much insight anyone will get from this. It's a waste of time.
The Hunt fails to ever get past its one-dimensional jabs and make an actual point. Sure, Betty Gilpin gives a great performance as Crystal and the shocking and abrupt violence can be entertaining, but The Hunt does its best to repeatedly pull you out of your enjoyment. Consistent groan inducing jokes and twists that ultimately lead nowhere do not help its cause. By the end of its runtime, The Hunt has forgotten what it set out to do and quickly cuts to black before you can start questioning it.