“The Hunt” review

Connor Kline, Staff Writer

A social satire about the civic divide between political parties and how people’s actions can create consequences when they let their narcissistic tone take over. 

The plot of the film follows 12 people who wake up in a horrifying estate and realize they have been chosen for a game in which they are hunted for entertainment. The game starts to take a turn when Crystal, one of the 12 hunted, starts to fight back and take them out one by one. 

The movie’s premise is based upon “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell but with a heavy influence on our political climate, which in fact allowed the film to be delayed half a year. The film deals with people with varying political agendas and how some will go extremely far to get what they want in the end. 

While the film deals with its heavy political thoughts it begins, at times, to contradict itself and the message is muddled after a bit. It becomes muddled in favor of graphic violence and comic relief. The satire is a hit-or-miss target in which both groups of people are portrayed as ridiculous and outlandish and it leads to comedic results. 

The film has a formulaic plot, which the audience might perhaps be a few steps ahead of what the film gives them. The movie delivers more of a shock and awe entertainment rather than giving a story about the divide. 

The plot of the film created controversy throughout the movie it proved to be overhyped. Instead the movie is another product that tries to be edgy. The dark comedy in the film sometimes hits the target and when it does it usually comes out with hilarious results. 

At a runtime of 90 minutes, the film exercises its excitement within the first half hour and then proceeds to hit a slump until it reaches its final act. The movie ultimately makes both sides of political parties seem very egotistical and ignorant. The message of the film can be derived differently amongst its audience and it doesn’t clearly do anything besides hit targets that have hit one too many times in other movies, some of those have done better. 

The film showcases nothing new in the time of our political climate but opts out for cliches, stereotypes and slapstick humor, which all end up hurting the film’s message but makes up for it in a decent action thriller with dark comedy. The controversy for the film helps get the word of the movie around, but it won’t be staying around long after the initial impact. 

“The Hunt” rates two out of five on the ratings scale.