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I've been trying to write a review of The Hunt for, according to my spreadsheet, almost exactly a month now. (I watched it on November 11 and I'm writing this on December 9.) I've started it three or four times, and then it sizzles out about halfway through. I like the parallel that makes to the movie, actually, which starts off in a kind of slow-but-awesome mode and then degenerates into a weird mishmash of survival horror and sci-fi before jumping right off a cliff in the final minutes.
Made in mockumentary format (in the same "here's this video we found" mode as The Blair Witch Project et al.), The Hunt is the parallel stories of a trio of guys who go into a private land-lease they've rented in order to make a hunting video and the frantic efforts of one guy's ex-wife and her new husband to find out what happened to them. The hunters are played by Joe Michael Burke (Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles), Mitchell Burns (Pearl), and Robert Rusler (The Whole Ten Yards), while the frantic ex-wife (of Burke's character) and her husband are Amy Briede (Surveillance) and the ubiquitous Cliff DeYoung (Last Flight Out).
It's the trying-to-find-the-guys scenes that make this movie worth watching. DeYoung is by far the most experienced of the actors in this flick, and that's obvious. That part of the script is better-written, as well; we get a real sense of creeping dread as Briede and DeYoung's characters encounter roadblock after roadblock in their investigation, and then try and figure out why everyone who lives in the area is so close-mouthed about the history of disappearances in the area.Read more ›
Think the kids from Blair Witch were a little dumb? They were astrophysicists compared to our intrepid trio. These geniuses meet all manner of colorfully creepy Deliverance folk on their way to the forest, cross under a prison fence whilst stalking a deer, go right past a buckshot "no trespassing" sign, bear witness to all the weirdness mentioned above, and still decide that hunkering down in an abandoned branch-and-leaf shelter is preferable to returning to the truck and civilization. Why? Because they're filming a hunting video which will apparently make their fortunes once Walmart (Walmart!) picks it up, and this is apparently the one remaining tract of in the Western Hemisphere where the Great White Hunter might find the ever-elusive White Tailed Deer. Or maybe it's because there might be escaped prisoners, and exclusive footage might somehow redeem the douchebag cameraman's career. Or maybe it was because the wimpy kid was hungry, and required eight hours to consume a Snickers bar.
Which was it? I'm not sure, and I'm not sure the director was either. He may have been too busy trying to decide just what it was he was trying to make.Read more ›
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It was boring plot it took forever to get to the plot. Would've been better if they just added more suspense!Published on March 10, 2014 by Dawn Marse
This movie is down right awful. There is no need to watch it unless you are head over heals for aliens.Published on August 29, 2013 by Matt
The acting is fine, with the kid being the best. The story was good but they held off on the effects way too long. I've seen far worse and am not sorry I sat through itPublished on June 5, 2013 by JKmkay
Another flick I tired to watch via Amazon "Prime" (which I am quickly learning sucks!), I can only imagine how embarrassing it is to be associated with this project. Read morePublished on May 14, 2013 by Dave
Was a bit slow, but keep you guessing. Had some forest scenery, a tip or two about hunting, and excitement at the end. Read morePublished on March 9, 2013 by T. bordelon
"The Hunt" starts out pretty good. It is about a man who is taping a segment for a documentary on hunting who takes his step son with him on the journey so they can bond. Read morePublished on March 4, 2013 by N. Nichols
I have to admit that I'm a fan of some thriller/horror/slasher/sci-fi flicks, but I didn't get this one. Read morePublished on August 4, 2008 by M. Blevins
So-so beer and pretzel movie. B-grade movie, decent acting. Movie starts slowly, but the suspense builds and actually did hold my interest once the characters got in the woods to... Read morePublished on May 4, 2008 by Amazon Andy
The film was very well done for an independent film. The plot was fun, there was mystery, suspense and definately a top thriller. Read morePublished on May 8, 2007 by Amazon Customer