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Parents' Guide to

Night Hunter

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Generic, confusing, violent, grim sexual-predator thriller.

Movie R 2019 98 minutes
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Overly serious, slow, clunky, and confusing, this generic thriller tries to take aim at sexual predators, but it ultimately can't shake its grim attitude toward its own female characters. As vicious as Night Hunter is toward its abusive male villains -- one is castrated -- it's equally clueless toward the women: They're used as bait, in need of rescue, or even shot and killed. Daddario's Rachel seems like a strong character, but although she's painted as more humane than Marshall, she's largely ineffectual. Likewise, for all of Lara's wisecracking, she's very easily kidnapped.

The men don't fare much better. Cavill gives an emotionless, one-note performance, while Kingsley and Stanley Tucci seem out of place, as if they suddenly woke up and found themselves in the wrong movie. And poor Nathan Fillion has nothing to do and disappears too quickly. There's even a cruel close call involving a baby. The directing debut of screenwriter David Raymond, Night Hunter is often puzzling in a bad way -- it's convoluted and jarring, with disorienting cinematography and editing. The result is a distinct lack of suspense (the movie's 99 minutes creep icily by) that matches the generic title.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: September 6, 2019
  • On DVD or streaming: October 8, 2019
  • Cast: Henry Cavill , Alexandra Daddario , Ben Kingsley
  • Director: David Raymond
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors, Indian/South Asian actors
  • Studio: Saban Films
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Run time: 98 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: disturbing and violent content, language throughout, and some sexual references
  • Last updated: July 7, 2023

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