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The Hunter [Blu-ray]

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Martin David, a skilled and focused mercenary, is sent into the Tasmanian wilderness on a hunt for a tiger believed to be extinct. Hired by an anonymous company that wants the tiger's genetic material, Martin arrives in Tasmania posing as a scientist. He proceeds to set up base camp at a broken-down farmhouse, where he stays with a family whose father has gone missing. Usually a loner, Martin becomes increasingly close to the family. However, as his attachment to the family grows, he is led down a path of unforeseen dangers, complicating his deadly mission.

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  • Actors: Willem Dafoe, Frances O'Connor, Sam Neill
  • Directors: Daniel Nettheim
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 3, 2012
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (668 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007UW9WTG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,449 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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The Hunter piqued my interest when perusing upcoming films on my smart phone's Flixster app. What little bit of story revealed in the trailer provided just enough motivation for me to make a point of seeing this film, but unfortunately its limited theatrical release on 6 April 2012 did not include Chicago.

Nevertheless, I was happy to see this film listed on Amazon's Instant Video, and the $7 rental was well worth it.

Willem Dafoe provides an excellent performance as Martin David, an introverted loner whose cultured tastes in music and finer accommodations seem to contrast with his ability to survive in the violent Tasmanian wilderness. But his technical proficiency and skill as a hunter made him a prime candidate for a dubious and impossible job - hunting down and killing an extinct species of tiger in the mountains of Tasmania.

As he sets out on this futile and illegal task he ends up in the middle of two feuding parties - a sadistic clan of testosterone-laden lumberjacks and the pot-smoking "Greens" trying to shut them down. When David is not hiking the mountains hunting for his prey, he holds up at the home of Lucy Armstrong and her two children. Lucy's husband - a Green himself - went missing several months earlier, and during his stay with the Armstrong family, Martin inadvertently takes on a subtle role as husband and father. As his interest in Lucy and the children grow, his faraway employer becomes concerned with Martin's loyalty.
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A highly-realistic, slow-paced but solid thriller with remarkable scenery, it's somewhat reminiscent of "Winter's Bone" in tone and pacing, and "Drive" in regards to the main character. All three leads are fantastic, there's a mild feeling of adventure, the story has no flaws and the drama is natural and never melodramatic. Warning for animal lovers though, animals are trapped and skinned in the film as necessary for the plot. If you liked "Winter's Bone" you will definitely appreciate this fine film.
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Love this movie! Cinematography is breathtaking and lends to the poignancy of the story. I truly enjoyed Willem Dafoe's performance as well as seeing some of Tasmania's beautiful landscapes and wildlife.
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Well what a surprise of a film. In the first 7 mins I was intrigued then the movie froze for a few mins and began again. . .what a treat. Willem Dafoe was amazing. I don't know how others saw him, but I saw him as a true man. The way he took care of things, they way he defended, respected, cared for. . he was the ultimate man in this movie and it was great to see a film not just about the initial plot but about more than that. It has depth, character and much more. I thought this was an action but its more of drama (Maybe I misread the style of the movie) either way it's great and the ending, it brought a little tear to my eye with how beautiful that shot is when he meets his goal. It was great. . .I plan to purchase this film for a night of movies with the girls.
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*Warning: Not A Film For Animal Lovers*

In this atmospheric film, the always enjoyable Willem Dafoe plays Martin David - the current pseudonym for a private contractor who accepts any work as long as the job pays well. An acutely fussy person, his choice of employment is a odd contradiction given his desire for neat precision and harmonious balance. And his next job entails entering into a very imprecise and messy world.

Assignment: Locate and harvest the Tasmanian Tiger, a dog-like creature that was hunted into extinction by ignorant immigrants early in the twentieth-century. Secret reports have reached a global biotech firm that it still exists; a confirmed sighting, likely the very last of its kind, somewhere in the cold mountains of the island nation. He's been ordered to hunt the animal down and kill it, taking samples of its blood, flesh and organs for purposes unknown.

The difficulty of the mission is made clear from his arrival, under his cover as a university researcher, he is persona non grata. The local populace needs employment and that means strip logging the rainforest - so "greenies" like him aren't welcome. In fact, the locals are openly hostile to any perceived neo-hippie because they see them as job killers. Conversely, the huddled eco-warriors also don't trust newcomers - they've been battling to save the pristine woods and hunters have slipped past their ranks before.

He has to secretly complete his contract while shunted in between these two actively opposing forces.

Complicating matters - the broken family that houses his base of operations.
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This Australian film moves from interesting (a lone hunter out to bag the last Tasmanian tiger) to so unsatisfying that a person might wish he'd spent his time more productively, like washing the car.

Martin David (Willem Dafoe), an unhappy, taciturn loner, is hired by a mysterious corporation to go to Tasmania and take tissue and blood samples from the one remaining Tasmanian tiger. He'll have to kill it first, of course. When he arrives he finds unfriendly men, a perhaps too helpful but cautious Jack Mindy (Sam Neill) and a conflict between those who want to log ancient trees for jobs and those who want to save the forests. His base is a broken down and eccentrically decorated wooden house with a mother passed out from drugs and drink and her two kids, one a precocious pre-teen and the other a young boy who doesn't speak, only draws. They are cutely named Sass and Bike. The husband has been missing in the forests for a month or two.

Martin David prowls through the Tasmanian forests seeking evidence of where the Tasmanian devil lurks. He sets steel traps (illegal), gazes at the beautiful scenery, looks more and more conflicted, and eventually realizes that the corporation has more than one hunter after the animal.

And then the movie goes flat, manipulative and becomes deeply unsatisfying. There are good tree huggers victimized by rowdy loggers (there's a message for us), predictable betrayal, the utterly unnecessary deaths of two sympathetic characters, and a conclusion that is sticky with sentiment on the one hand and unethical on the other. If we have to destroy a village to save it, Martin David, with a new, mystical appreciation of nature, is the man to hire. Dafoe, however, gives an engrossing performance.
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