The Hunt (2020)

When I first heard about The Hunt last year, I was excited to see it. It reminded me of The Most Dangerous Game (which is what it was based on, so good job to the trailer editors). Well, 6 months after the original release date, The Hunt is finally in theaters. And, you bet your ass that I took myself down to a local theater and watched the film on opening day. I wouldn’t necessarily say that the film was a “delight” due to the subject matter, but it was entertaining.

For those unfamiliar with this film, The Hunt is about twelve strangers that all wake up, not knowing where they are or how they got there. They soon realize that they are being hunted, but they don’t know why. The audience learns that those being hunted all identify with the far right of American politics, and those doing the hunting, the far left. The most refreshing thing about this film is that at no point does it take a side. Think about that for a moment. It is incredibly difficult for a writer or director to not take a stance in their films. It was refreshing that neither Damon Lindelof, Nick Cuse, or Craig Zobel let their political opinions be known on screen. What they did show is how they feel about social media and being misinformed, which was the overall message of the film. The Hunt is in no way about the left or right of American politics. It is about the dangers of social media and acting before one has all of the correct information. That message is perfectly executed in this film.

One of my favorite quotes from a the writers about this film, in regards to the final fight scene, is that it’s “John Wick in a Nancy Myers movie”. And, honestly, I can’t think of a better way to describe that scene. It was incredibly well done. It was violent, but knew when to be comical.

Universal has decided to release this film on digital much sooner than originally planned, due to the ongoing “social distancing”, closure of major movie theater chains,  and quarantine due to Covid-19. So, if you find yourself wanting to watch something new during this shut-in time, check out this film. I don’t think you’ll regret it.

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