Blumhouse Production originally planned on releasing The Hunt in 2019, but after some controversy following the trailer, it was delayed to 2020. It is directed by Craig Zobel and satirizes the left versus right political banter.
Afghan war veteran Crystal (Betty Gilpin) wakes up with several other “regular people” in a clearing with gags in their mouths and a mysterious box in the middle of the field. They open it only to find weapons inside, but as soon as they do, they are fired on. Soon, Crystal and Gary (Ethan Suplee) are separated from the rest of the group, going on the run. They are being hunted by Athena Stone (Hilary Swank) and her gang of liberal elitists who all have been fired after a text thread was released of them referring to “regular people” as deplorables. They are hunting them down, but Crystal has her own desire for vengeance.
I would be remiss if I did not mention the controversy that stirred with this film. Both sides of the political aisle seemed to find a reason to hate it. The Right hated it for portraying Conservatives as deplorables being hunted and the Left hated it for portraying the Liberals as snobby elitists who are hypocrites with the whole guns thing. I think it’s hilarious. Come to find out, both sides were correct and wrong.
The political satire is all about the hypocrisy of both sides. The Liberals are portrayed as elitists willing to throw away their ideals such as on the environment, race, or firearms in order to get their ideal revenge on the people. Conservatives are shown to be rude and obnoxious while believing in conspiracy theories and see ignorant of the world. It is my opinion that the movie makes fun of each side equally, using sort of “meme” dialogue to hit each side. It is well-played and had me chuckling at it.
As for the movie itself, it is very well-made with interesting characters. I did think the gory violence was a little overdone. It seems like horror companies, even Blumhouse, are falling on gratuitous gore instead of chills, thrills, and feels to spread the terror. That being said, it did have genuinely funny moments and genuinely scary moments, mixed with some excellent camera work and music as the cherry on top.
Several actors have cameos including Ike Barinholtz, Amy Madigan, Emma Roberts, Ethan Suplee, and Macon Blair. They all play their parts very well, but Hillary Swank and Betty Gilpin steal the show. One issue with the film is only one or two of the characters get an explanation for why they in particular were targeted by this group. Why were they there? Sure, the prey were all “deplorables” as the Left sees them, but why them out a big net to cast?
Bottom line, The Hunt hits every mark on the political satire and the horror. It does rely too much on the gore and there were a few character gaps, but otherwise, it is a timely film for the heightened political sensitivity we all deal with on a daily basis.
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Strong foul language, Violent gory sequences
FAVORITE QUOTE: Depends on whether they’re smart pretending to be idiots or idiots pretending to be smart.
Check out the trailer below:
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