The Hunter

The Hunter

DVD - 2012
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Martin, a skilled and ruthless mercenary, posing as a scientist sent into the Tasmanian wilderness on a hunt for a tiger believed to be extinct. Hired by an anonymous company that wants the tiger's genetic material, Martin proceeds to set up base camp at a broken-down farmhouse, where he stays with a family, becoming increasingly close to them. However, as his attachment grows, Martin is led down a path of unforeseen dangers, complicating his deadly mission.
Publisher: [United States] : Magnolia Home Entertainment, [2012]
Branch Call Number: HUN
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (101 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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marx_bro
Jun 30, 2015

Strange story of a master hunter/tracker/trapper (Defoe) who's hired to go to Tasmania to find & kill the (nearly-extinct) "Tasmanian Tiger" (which really looks like a bizzare wolf). The little-explained for this because the tiger employs a strange toxin to bring down it's prey. Great views of the Tasman wilderness but plot & motives seem overdone. But, if you like Defoe, check it out.

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I_am_Legend
Jun 22, 2015

An original story and great acting. One of Dafoe's best movies. Sam Neil plays a complicated character who looks like "Alan Grant", but only shows up from time to time and his character development is only lightly explained throughout the movie.

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michaelbrouillette
Mar 10, 2015

Very enjoyable drama.

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peasworth
Mar 02, 2015

Never really produced the conflict or tention I think this plot deserved.
Some character motivations where ambiguous or unexplained. Or maybe I just could justify some of the actions and choices made by the prime players. For example, I felt sick at the end by what the main character did. And yet, I was certain that the writer and director wanted me to feel the opposite.
Its not an awful movie. Its filmed well. Although I didnt completely feel the vastness of the wilderness.
My opinion is that this in not a keeper or a stinker. Its just lingers in the middle.

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IV27HUjg
Jan 25, 2015

Defoe is hard to beat as an actor. Enjoyed most of it & the premise of an extinct creature interesting. Great scenery.

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voisjoe1_0
Dec 02, 2014

The film opens with a short black and white film of a Tasmanian tiger walking back and forth in some kind of caged in area. The animal is so exotic, I thought that it was a fictional species, but that film footage was real and taken of the last known member of that species, which died in 1936 from neglect. Willem Dafoe plays a hunter who is given a contract in current times because to find and kill a Tiger that may have been spotted in the wilds of Tasmania. The hunter’s project is secret and he becomes friendly with a boy who draws pictures of a tiger, perhaps out of love to an animal that he would like to meet. One question for me – is it ethical to kill the last known individual of a species just to make a buck. The tiger species was the last known carnivorous marsupial on the planet.

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viccmc
Oct 12, 2014

Great sceneries but the story is very weak and slow.

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movie20
Sep 15, 2014

I liked it. Very good ending.

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docjnsuss
Aug 13, 2013

The island of Tasmania which is 150 miles off the coast of Australia makes a beautiful setting for The Hunter. Red Leaf is a ruthless drug company that hires the main character Martin David (Willem Dafoe) to hunt down and kill any remaining Tasmanian tigers and bring back samples of their organs. It is rumored but not confirmed that the Tasmanian tiger may be extinct. Posing as a scientist Martin David stays at the farmhouse of Lucy Armstrong and her two children using it as a base camp. Jarrah Armstrong, the husband and an environmentalist, has been missing for several years and is presumed dead. Much of the action takes place in the Tasmanian wilderness with spectacular scenery and harsh conditions. The ending is both shocking and troublesome.

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jimg2000
Jul 29, 2013

Nice scenic shots and that's the best of it. The story was weak and little to engage audience empathy except the "what's-new" central conflict between the conscience of a Mercenary and the issue of ruthless corporate greed to search and patent wildlife genetic material for profit.

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Monolith
Jan 19, 2013

Jack Mindy (to Martin David): "...Made a few enemies -- Jarrod. He was a foreigner like yourself. Wanted to save the trees... The logging trees's the only reason there's any people here at all. Or a town. So you can imagine when he arrived a few years back, he was about as popular as a snake in a sleeping bag."

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