Hunt to Kill

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Vulgarity and violence against women in lame action flick.
  • R
  • 2010
  • 97 minutes

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

There's a certain amount of problem-solving here, with characters using ingenuity to overcome their challenging situation. But ultimately, the movie becomes all about the revenge and the violence.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Jim Rhodes is a problem solver, crafty and cunning, and knows his way around the woods. He knows how to bide his time and play his cards well. However, when the time comes, he simply pulls out as many weapons as he can and kills all his opponents out of revenge. Likewise, his spunky daughter Kim has some strong characteristics, but spends most of the film as a victim, being slapped around and nearly raped.

Violence

A twenty-something woman is kidnapped, and one character attempts to rape her. In addition, she is often manhandled, shoved around, and slapped. Otherwise, there are lots of guns, as well as several other different weapons, including a bow and arrow, spears, a Taser, and a collapsible baton. There are fighting scenes, shootings, stabbings, blood, and dead bodies. A character dies in a fiery explosion, we see brains blown out and hear breaking bones.

Sex

Some kissing in an early scene, and a girl casually switches her amorous affections from one man to another during the course of the film.

Language

Severe, constant language including dozens of uses of "f--k" and  "s--t," plus "bitch," "Goddamn," "hell," "ass," "p--y," "c--k," and "c--ksucker."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The heroes discover a meth lab during the movie's opening scene. The bad guys drink champagne to celebrate a successful heist. A minor character smokes cigarettes.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Hunt to Kill is an incredibly violent, direct-to-DVD action movie starring former pro wrestler "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. It also features very strong, almost constant language (especially "f--k"), and it seems to showcase violence against women, including one attempted rape. There's also a scene involving drug dealers and a meth lab. Teen fans of Austin will want to see this, but younger teens should be warned away.

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Adult Written bybowkerratedr August 1, 2011

Daniel's review

this is just a review from some tree hugging kind of guy who is against any sort of violence and swearing in any way. I watched the film and didn't think i... Continue reading

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What's the story?

Jim Rhodes (Steve Austin) is a former border patrol agent who retreated to the woods of Montana after the brutal death of his partner (Eric Roberts) in a meth lab explosion. Meanwhile, a group of criminals pulls off a successful heist, but is betrayed by one of their number; he takes the money and heads for the same woods. The bad guys, led by the sadistic Banks (Gil Bellows), need a guide, and they happen upon Jim's grumpy, rebellious daughter Kim (Marie Avgeropoulos), whom they take as a hostage. Jim agrees to see them through the woods, biding his time and waiting for the right moment to rescue his daughter and turn the tables on the trigger-happy goons.

Is it any good?

This Steve Austin movie is a good deal simpler and more streamlined than his earlier attempts, incorporating elements from action franchises like Rambo and Die Hard. The setup isn't bad, showing the Austin character's backstory, as well as introducing an interesting band of mismatched criminals, each with a particular skill or personality trait. The "deep-in-the-woods" premise offers endless possibility, and the whip-smart villain Banks (Gil Bellows, from Ally McBeal) keeps the heroes on their toes.

However, the filmmakers drop the ball, finding the quarry too early and leaving no room for anything but a brain-dead shoot-out. The setups for the fights are ludicrous, and coincidences and implausible events abound. The relationship between Jim and Kim is bizarre, with her choosing the strangest moments to throw tantrums, and the film has a sickening penchant for violence against women. Any goodwill conjured up in the first half is ultimately demolished.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence. How did it affect you? Was it thrilling? Was it disturbing? Where does it cross the line?

  • Kim thinks her father should have moved against the bad guys earlier than he did. Was she right? Why did Jim Rhodes wait so long before acting? What purpose did this wait serve for the movie?

  • Talk about how women are portayed in this movie. Did you notice any stereotypes?

  • The bad guy, Banks, is both smart and dangerous. Did he seem like a real person? Or was more one-dimensional? Were any of the movie's characters realistic?

Movie details

For kids who love action and adventure

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