THE HUNT – “A tongue-in-cheek satire / bloodbath with equal opportunity political bashings”
- Betty Gilpin as Crystal
- Charli Slaughter as Young Crystal
- Ike Barinholtz as Staten Island
- Emma Roberts as Yoga Pants
- Hilary Swank as Athena
- Justin Hartley as Trucker
- Glenn Howerton as Richard
- Amy Madigan as Ma
Loosely based on the 1924 short story "The Most Dangerous Game", the film follows 12 strangers who mysteriously wake up in a clearing. They discover that they have been chosen to be hunted in a game devised by a group of elites. The hunters gather in a remote facility called the Manor House, but their sport gets derailed when one of the hunted fights back and starts killing them one by one.
After a much publicized delay, The Hunt is on. Unfortunately, it’s nothing overly special. But that’s not to say it isn’t a fun watch. What we ultimately get here is a tongue-in-cheek satire / bloodbath with equal opportunity political bashings. You see, the “liberal elites preying on the working class” plot leads to plenty entertaining dialogues and laugh out loud instances. So yes, the movie clearly does a good job of satirizing the left and right’s paranoia of one another. One of the main issues the Hunt faces though, is that the characters are given little to no depth. They are painted with broad strokes – like the broadest of the broad. Hilary Swank and Betty Gilpin are enjoyable to watch however, as they are clearly given the best material to work with. But in the end, does this movie have anything real to say about America’s political divide? Sure – it’s that both sides can be major a-holes. Now, is that message worth all the hype? Sadly no.