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Leather. Gore. Anachronistic steampunk weapons. Snarling witches. And a pair of classic fairy-tale characters who have become witch-hunting bounty hunters.

If that doesn't tip you off that this isn't a very serious movie, then maybe the title will: "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters." Tommy Wirkola's first big Hollywood movie is strictly the kind of action-packed popcorn-for-the-brain that is fun to watch, as long as you don't take it too seriously. The biggest problem is that the movie never quite figures out if it's a tongue-in-cheek action movie or a dark comedy.

Once upon a time, Hansel and Gretel were abandoned in the woods by their parents, and ended up wandering over to a house made of candy. You know how the story goes -- there's a witch inside, she wants to eat Hansel, Gretel saves the day, and the witch is burned alive.

Happily ever after? Well, not exactly. Fifteen years later, Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton) are leather-clad weapon-toting bounty hunters who specialize in witches, especially since spells don't affect them. The mayor of a small town hires them when children go missing, despite the meddling of the psychotic local sheriff and his band of goons.

After catching and offing a local witch, Hansel and Gretel discover that the witches are planning a massive sacrifice during a forthcoming Blood Moon. Even worse, the witches are led by a Grand Witch named Muriel (Famke Jansson) who knows the secrets of the siblings' past, and the true reason their parents abandoned them. Defeating her and her followers might be more than even Hansel and Gretel can handle.

My biggest problem with "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters" is that it never quite makes up its mind what it wants to be -- it's too serious to be a dark comedy, but still too tongue-in-cheek to be a straight action movie. It vacillates between the two extremes constantly. But either way, it's a fun brainless movie, with buckets of gore and anachronistic weapons (Hansel's love-interest Mina blasts witches with a FRICKING GATLING GUN!).

So if you expect a mindless, tongue-in-cheek gorefest, this movie will probably fit the bill. Is it a great movie? Not really. Is it fun? Yeah! It's not even trying to be "authentic," so it succeeds wildly.

Wirkola is pretty obviously reveling in the ability to create a "dark fairy tale" with a firm R-rating. It could have used some subplot-pruning (Thomas Mann's "fanboy" character is just distracting), but the central tale is a pretty straightforward one. The fun comes from the one-liners ("I hate to break this to you, but this isn't gonna be an open casket"), the B-movie stunts and sets, and the gore. Did I mention the gore? Because there's a lot of it, and it's fun.

Wirkola also seems to enjoy showing Renner and Arterton getting beaten up, because nearly every scene with ANY action involves them getting slammed into rocks, knocked senseless, and occasionally stabbed. The Grimm siblings certainly earn their money.

Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton honestly couldn't look any LESS like siblings, but both look like they're having a blast as leather-clad, cussing bounty hunters who constantly wave around absurd weapons (Hansel's hilariously phallic gun). They are perfectly suited to the dry, tongue-in-cheek approach of the script, and they even get some interesting character twists, such as Hansel suffering from diabetes because of his all-candy diet as a child.

"Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters" is by no means a great film, but it is a resolutely fun one -- lots of splattered body parts, screeching witches and gleeful anachronisms. Turn off your brain and enjoy.
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on August 24, 2015
The title says it all! When I first rented this movie, I didn't know that Hansel & Gretel would, 15 years later, become witch exterminators and, in the process, become immune to witchcraft. I also found it interesting that, after the fiasco at the gingerbread house, Hansel becomes diabetic & needs a shot of insulin every few hours. I like the part when the two of them arrive in Augsburg and save Mina, who is a good witch, from being executed by the sheriff. One of my most favorite parts, though, is as Gretel's searching for Hansel and she gets ambushed & beaten up by the sheriff and his men, this ogre/witch servant named Edward comes to her rescue and beats up and kills the sheriff & his men. I also like the weapons that Hansel & Gretel use on the witches(machine guns, crossbows, etc.). I also found it amazing how Muriel, the Grand Witch, can change the look of her face, at will. Lastly, I like how, after defeating the witches in the climactic battles, Hansel, Gretel, Edward and this teenager named Ben, who's a fan of Hansel & Gretel, team up and continue disposing of evil witches. So, I recommend this movie to anyone who loves action/fantasy movies or would like to see a twist on a childhood fairy tale because, believe me, this movie is AWESOME!!!
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on January 17, 2016
***SPOILER ALERT***
After getting a taste for blood as children, Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton) have become the ultimate vigilantes, hell bent on retribution. Now, unbeknownst to them, Hansel and Gretel have become the hunted, and must face an evil far greater than witches...their past
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on January 31, 2015
Two young children who get lost in the woods meet an old lady who turns out to be A witch who wants them for lunch really for lunch they turn the tables on the witch and she gets put into the oven instead in years to come they become witch hunters and what bunt kicking movie it turns into.
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on August 5, 2015
An interesting story line developed from the original Hansel and Gretel, but it does seem a bit gory when they start killing witches. It does have a nice twist at the end when the admiring young man and the ogre enslaved by the witches join Hansel and Gretel in hunting down witches.
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on September 22, 2015
Content is (very) slightly edited from theatrical and on-demand version. I would have preferred to have been told as much.
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on November 8, 2015
Just so you know, it says the normal Blu-ray (as in not the 3D one) is one disc, but what I received had two: the unrated cut with bonus features on a Blu-ray disc, and the theatrical release on a standard DVD. I am definitely NOT complaining about that, though. But I WILL complain that I found the Blu-ray disc had been knocked loose in the case when I first opened it and had a couple of scuffs and scratches on it. Luckily it still seems to play just fine.

It also says on both the case and the discs themselves that the unrated cut is ten minutes longer than the theatrical release, so don't get worried if you look up the details on this and other versions here on Amazon and they're all listed as only eighty-eight minutes.
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on May 5, 2015
Got this at a store it was not bad but it is not a movie you would watch over again once was enough
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on December 15, 2015
Revenge can be a real witch! This is a twist on the classic fairy tale of Hansel & Gretel where the kids are now grown up and want vengeance on the witches that are terrorizing the countryside. However, their family has some terrible secrets of their own that puts a plot twist into place that Le Femme Nikita could be proud of! Jeremy Renner(Hawkeye from Avengers) and Fammke Jannsen(Jean Grey/Phoenix from X-Men) star in this scary, action packed fantasy with excellent CGI/special effects! This movie is rated R for violence, nudity, and language but mainly for violence.
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on August 5, 2015
The movie was good, but not for children. It came on time and well wrapped.
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