Imagine being hunted for sport. Yeah, I wouldn’t want to imagine it either, but I will watch a movie about people getting hunted for sport. That leaves me with Craig Zobel’s The Hunt (2020) which was a movie that left me feeling satisfied. The black comedic thriller packs a provocative punch for your mind to digest, plus it has a strong female lead. It’s a movie I can watch multiple times and still find the excitement of it.
Twelve strangers wake up in a field. Confused on what might be going on, the individuals discover a box full of weapons for defense. Before they can even think the group is attacked by unknown assailants. One of the people among these twelve strangers is a woman from Missississippi named Crystal (Betty Gilpin), it turns out that the group has been selected based on their political beliefs by a small society of rich elitists led by Athena (Hilary Swank) who would like to hunt them for sport. The elitist group comes to find that Crystal is no ordinary hostage and it is up to her to try and survive this sadistic game.
The Hunt is a fun movie. It’s filled with blood and gore, the special effects are fantastic. At first I was worried that I was going to be turned off because I had an idea that the movie was going to try and promote a political agenda but it doesn’t, which was a relief. The movie really is just a slasher film under different circumstances. Crystal’s journey will keep you guessing until the very end and although there are bodies everywhere The Hunt strategically places humor in the right places. I enjoyed the mystery of the film, the narrative plays out so that you can’t predict what’s going to happen; it’s a totally different film to watch.
I loved The Hunt! It had action, thrilling deaths, surprises and humor. It could’ve easily been politically charged and writers Nick Cuse and Damon Lindelof did a great job of avoiding that controversy, making a film that people would actually want to see. It doesn’t take itself too seriously and you shouldn’t take this movie too seriously either. Just enjoy it for the action-packed survival movie that it is, you won’t be disappointed.