Watched Jul 15, 2012
Hector Lester-George’s review:
This is cinema at some of it's finest, a real character study led by the ever talented Willem Dafoe playing a cold and self isolated hunter forced to live with a broken family while out on a contract to hunt down the last Tasmanian tiger. It's needless to say that Dafoe truly makes this movie his own, his screen presence pulls you into his world instantly and doesn't let you free until the credits are rolling.
That's not to say that the supporting cast aren't solid either with Sam Neill and Frances O'Conner both turning in solid pieces of acting. However, the real gem of this film is Morgana Davies as the young girl who lives with Dafoe's character. Moments between these two really bring the screen and script to life, creating some of the film's finer moments.
Overall however, this is Dafoe's film and he makes it work like little other actor's in the business could. Backed by beautiful scenery and a fine piece of writing, he's put an early marker down as my favourite performance of the year so far.