A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Most Dangerous Game is an action-adventure series starring Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games) and Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained). Made for Quibi, episodes are 7 to 10 minutes in length, and each features a single significant aspect of the story. The premise -- a man is hunted for sport -- indicates that there will be violence. Frequent profanity includes "f--k," "s--t," "damn," etc. Unlike previous adaptations of the 1924 short story and the 1932 film The Most Dangerous Game, this series takes place within the confines of a city.
What's the story?
In MOST DANGEROUS GAME, Dodge Maynard (Liam Hemsworth) is working his way out of a mountain of debt before the birth of his first child. When he is diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor and receives a terminal diagnosis, he can't even afford medical treatment in the final weeks of his life. Then he meets a mysterious man (Christoph Waltz) who offers to pay him to participate in an event where he is hunted for sport.
Is it any good?
Richard Connell's 1924 short story about big game hunters who tire of tracking animals and shift their focus to a human has been adapted numerous times over the last 100 years, and it often feels relevant and exciting. The premise of Most Dangerous Game has that near mythological feel of classic horror, and the creators of this version have smartly changed the setting from the wild to the city and made the story into an allegory about wealth inequality in America. They also have a pair of excellently cast stars in Hemsworth and Waltz.
All adaptations, from the 1932 film to the 1994 Ice-T vehicle Surviving the Game, deal with the challenge of delivering on the promise of a great premise. This patient, confident version appears to be up to the challenge, and while it may not be a classic in its own right, it has a decent shot at pulling it off.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the ethics of the classic story behind Most Dangerous Game. What are the motivations of the person setting up the hunt and the hunters? Why do they choose a particular person to act as prey?
This story has been filmed a number of times. What do you think is different about this version? What's similar?
How would you feel about Dodge's choice if you were his wife? His child? His friends? Why? Do you think he is making the right choice to participate in the hunt? Why or why not?
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