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It took some major guts for first-time director (and Oscar winner for the script of L.A. Confidential) Brian Helgeland to take a shot at adapting Donald Westlake's pseudonymous, legendarily gritty novel The Hunter for the screen (especially considering that director John Boorman and irresistible force Lee Marvin had already produced a fairly definitive rendering of the source material with their enigmatic 1967 masterpiece Point Blank). Nonetheless this novice auteur managed to pull out a winner. Put simply, this compulsively watchable piece of scuzz-art hits like a well-placed Magnum round, with a wonderful '70s vibe and an awesome rogues' gallery of baddies (including James Coburn, Kris Kristofferson, William Devane, and the riotously sadistic Lucy Liu) for the charmingly battered star to play off of--and ultimately wade through.
Although this enjoyably seedy roll through the gutter of Crime Alley does occasionally threaten to wander off its downturned track (hands-on producer Gibson reportedly stepped in at the last moment to make his antihero a little more heroic), the final result is an admirably pulpy, distinctly dirty slice of neo-noir liberally marinated in blood, blue smoke, and bourbon. This particular payback's one tough little SOB, indeed. --Andrew Wright
I liked the flic but I had already see it. Mel Gibson is always good. If you have not seen it I recommend it.Published 21 hours ago by M. C
My favorite Mel Gibson movie as for the first time in his career he was cast as a criminal. The writing is great and for a violent movie it contained some great comic moments.Published 23 hours ago by Deme
Very funny, great plot and thrilling action. Great revenge film that will have you rooting for the good of mankind. Nice soundtrack.Published 23 hours ago by Matt
A little bloody and hard to believe violence but good story. Mel Gibson was good but harder than I have seen him. Humor was there but dark humor.