The Hunt

The Hunt ★★

The Hunt tries to be a politicised take on the familiar Most Dangerous Game premise, but it spends more time courting controversy than being well-executed. This is a movie that thinks it is far cleverer than it really is, with constant twists and unexpected deaths, but ends up feeling smug and disingenuous because there's nothing for the audience to commit to. It certainly isn't the characters, most of whom are broad stereotypes who recite eye-rolling satire before being quickly dispatched, and the movie has pretty much level disdain at everyone, barring Betty Gilpin's Crystal, who has no character at all. Hilary Swank is deliciously nasty when she at last appears for a finale that reminds you what fun this could have been, but this is largely just as empty and mean-spirited as it is cynical.