A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie seems to be working with the "the hunter becomes the hunted" idea, but, aside from adding a few more flip-flops to it (with other hunters also becoming hunted), it doesn't go very far with the concept. It also brings up themes about people trying to be at one with, or control, nature, but, again, doesn't go very far.
Positive Role Models
The characters are stubborn and often foolish. A woman takes charge of her own destiny toward the end, but her choice involves quite a bit of shocking brutality.
Violence & Scariness
Gory dead bodies; one female body is tied to a tree. Severed human arm. Gory remains of animals in traps. Dead humans. Dead dog. Dead baby deer. Dead bear. Character snaps a rabbit's neck offscreen. Guns and shooting. Woman torturing man, slicing face and flesh from his body. Person with gory wounds. Person scoops up roadkill/guts with shovel. Character licks blood from a blade. Character catches limbs in animal snap-traps. Strangling. Twelve-year-old girl handles her own rifle. Scary wolf. Screaming and panic.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Non-sexual nudity: Naked breasts on female corpse.
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Uses of "s--t," "son of a bitch," and "damn," plus "Jesus" and "Jesus Christ."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hunter Hunter is a thriller about a family living off the grid in the woods that must contend with a killer wolf. It's tightly constructed and often tense, but it ultimately has very little point and has frequent harm to animals and heavy gore. Expect to see dead bodies, gory remains, severed body parts (both human and animal), a woman's corpse tied to a tree, a woman torturing a man, guns and shooting, a 12-year-old girl handling her own gun, a character caught in animal traps, and much more. A female corpse is shown topless. Language includes a few uses of "s--t," "son of a bitch," and "damn," as well as "Jesus Christ." A character smokes cigarettes. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Undeniably well-made and brutally effective, this gory thriller soon becomes sour and ugly due to its ruthless depiction of violence toward animals; it also ultimately lacks a real point or theme. Hunter Hunter is neatly constructed to build dark tension, using sound design and an unknown lurking in the woods that could be anywhere, at any time. Certain elements are kept deliberately off-camera to increase the sense of uncertainty, and the various plot turns are a step above the run-of-the-mill. The title indicates the movie's attempted theme, that the hunter becomes the hunted, while the story's final half-hour offers a few more twists on an old chestnut.
But it really boils down to revenge, and the movie has little to say about the subject other than that it happens. It likewise has very little to say about why the story might be set in 1990, or what it means to "live off the grid." It might be a story about humanity's folly, about how people might unwisely consider themselves to be smarter than nature, but once that point is made, Hunter Hunter still goes on for a while longer. The final nail in the coffin is the constant depiction of animal-killing, plus dead, dying, and mutilated animals. That might not bother everyone, but the movie's cruelty also extends to humans. It's a lot to ask.
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