Stanley Scorsese’s review published on Letterboxd:
Yesterday I went to check out The Hunt. Just to see what it is and how good it’s suppose to be. I was expecting it to be another mediocre film from Blumhouse, but honestly, it really wasn’t that bad.
The Hunt is about a group of leftist elitists that have kidnapped 12 random strangers, aka the political conservatives, in an isolated area where no one can find them, and hunt them for sport. Suddenly, a badass woman rises up and kills them one by one.
I remember hearing about this film when it was coming out when these awful mass shootings were happening. And I remember thinking it wasn’t a good time to put it out in the public. Meanwhile, our commander in chief criticized it in his own words, and The Hunt eventually pulled out. Finally, after seeing the ads of it on tv and on social media, I didn’t know what it was even about. I thought it was going to be just a pro liberal and anti gun rights film. But my expectations were wrong again! This was honestly how I imagine the movie being set in a relevant time where the whole wide world is politically divided.
For the positives, I will say it was nice to see some well known stars in it. Like Emma Roberts, Ike Barinholtz, Ethan Suplee, and Justin Hartley. I’m not going to put any spoilers, but I was wondering who was going to be the leading protagonist, until I saw Betty Gilpin. I only have seen her in Stuber and GLOW, but she blew me away how she can play a bonafide badass woman who doesn’t give a vibe of a bad or uninterested character. The satire was on point for being darkly funny, ironic, and exaggerated for this era today. Especially, mixing it with the legendary story The Most Dangerous Game. Also the gun violence, the death toll, and grisly images in it is Tarantino-esqe, but I’m not complaining. It was awesome!
For the negatives, I will say the film’s dialogue can be tedious at some parts, I mean for trying to be original with its lines. And the entire film tries to be political. For the climatic fight, it kinda doesn’t really matter. Because the way I see it, the world is going to be politically divided. No matter what. There was no point for finding who the culprit was for the mastermind of this sick game. But it was nice to see the antagonist get what they deserved.
Was The Hunt worth my time to watch? Not really, but it was nice to see that it wasn’t what I expected it to be. For Blumhouse fans, I recommend it for everyone who wants to see it. But for those who want to see it, but don’t want to spend money to watch it in theaters, I suggest waiting on it when it comes out at Redbox or stream it.
I’m giving The Hunt 3.5 stars!