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The Hunter [DVD]

Willem Dafoe , Frances O'Connor , Daniel Nettheim    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Willem Dafoe, Frances O'Connor, Sam Neil
  • Directors: Daniel Nettheim
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Oct 2012
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00883705O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,969 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

A ruthless mercenary with a secret agenda comes to Australia to search for the last remaining Tasmanian Tiger. As his dramatic hunt for the elusive Tiger goes on and he discovers the mysteries hidden within the wild landscape, long-forgotten emotions resurface. Can a human who has led an immoral life find connection and redemption too?

Based on the acclaimed novel by Julia Leigh, The Hunter is a powerful psychological drama that tells the story of Martin (Willem Dafoe), a mercenary sent from Europe by a mysterious biotech company to the Tasmanian wilderness on a dramatic hunt for the last Tasmanian Tiger. Directed by Daniel Nettheim, The Hunter stars Academy Award® nominee Willem Dafoe (Antichrist, Spider-man, The English Patient, Platoon), Frances O Connor (Artificial Intelligence: AI, Mansfield Park) and Sam Neill (The Dish, Jurassic Park, The Piano).

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Rarely does a film come along that moves me so completely. If you are passionate about wildlife, conservation and Dafoe (and Bruce Springsteen), watch it, but you will need tissues and a stiff drink afterwards. The tragedy is that this is the only animal ever to be lost to extinction in Tasmania, if indeed it has been made extinct, which remains in some doubt. As a huge Dafoe fan I think this is one of his finest films but the landscape and the scenery is a close second when it comes to starring roles. The book was highly acclaimed but actually I prefer the film even if it does wonder off the script. You will be gripped. It doesn't romp along like an Arnie movie or come with lots of cheese a la Kevin Costner but it is dark, brooding, charming, heartbreaking and absolutely enthralling.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Laconic but deeply atmospheric 12 July 2012
The Hunter is the story of veteran tracker Martin David (Willem Dafoe - Platoon) who is tasked by a pharmaceutical company to head to Tasmania to assess, track & find rumours of the last Tasman tiger. Thought to be extinct; the specimen might just hold some unique biology that will allow the company to develop medicines and ultimately, profit. But as Martin bonds with the host family he stays with; he struggles with the morality of what he is doing. Should he kill the last tiger for corporate profit? When his intentions are doubted; the company - Red Leaf - send the second best to finish the job, will Martin manage to outsmart the new hunter?

The Hunter is a quiet affair, minutes are spent with scarcely a word as we watch Martin move through the bush, set snares and traps and track the tiger. Even his runs into town for supplies where he encounters the locals, Jack (Sam Neil - Event Horizon) their interactions are terse. Resultantly, The Hunter builds its appeal with its intrigue of finding the tiger and the waiting that it takes, interlacing historic actual footage of Tasman tigers in captivity from 1911 with the film. It builds a lot of empathy for the species and the respect that it garners from the locals. Dafoe is fantastic in his stoic portrayal of a lone hunter and the second hunter adds a lot of tension.

Recommended for an outdoorsman film, limited script but a truly atmospheric experience.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful slowburner... 10 Sep 2012
The Hunter is a very mature piece of filmmaking - yes, the slow pace might not be for everyone but all good things come to those who wait. This is a slowburner, a beautiful film with great scenery, characterisation and wonderful acting performances by all. I've read the book and think that for once, the film is even better. Huge credit to Willem Dafoe - one of the best actors in the world. Can't recommend this enough.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Tasmanian Tiger Hunt set in a beautiful film. 19 Mar 2013
By Tommy Dooley TOP 100 REVIEWER
This is from the novel by Julia Leigh and tells the story of Martin Davis played by the brilliantly talented Willem `I use Just for Men' Dafoe who has been in more great films than you can shake two sticks at. Martin is an assassin who sort of always gets his man, like The Mounties but on the wrong side of the law. He is hired by an unscrupulous bio tech firm called Red leaf. They have bought into sightings of the assumed extinct Tasmanian Tiger and want samples of its DNA to synthesise for their own money grubbing ends.

Martin arrives in the remote area of Tasmania posing as a researcher from a University, where he is supposed to lodge with Lucy (Francis O'Connor - `Bedazzled' and `A-I'). She is high on medication and her two young children, Sass and Bike are almost fending for themselves, with the ambiguous `help' of local ranger, Jack played by the always brilliant Sam Neill. Martin soon realises that Lucy's husband has been missing on the mountain for some time yet they are still holding out a forlorn hope that he will return, and little Bike seems to have lost the will to speak, and expresses himself through drawings. Pretty soon Martin realises that he may not have been told the whole picture and the locals are positively hostile to all `foreigners' causing inevitable ructions.

The closer Martin gets to his elusive quarry the closer he gets to nature and to the family he is increasingly caring for. The problem is Red Leaf want delivery at any price and so things are going to come to a head.

This is an excellent film, both moving and gritty where it needs to be, there are scenes of animal butchery which I know can be upsetting for some.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top class 5 Nov 2012
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The demise of the Tasmanian Tiger is a sad and shameful episode in Australian history and a comment on man's insatiable lust for land. The Hunter does justice to the tiger story and even adds a layer to the saga, updating the historic significance with a pinch of corporate greed. It's a heartfelt and moving story, beautifully acted with very few flaws. Don't expect a Holywood-style happy ending and don't expect the thrills and spills of other 'man with a gun' movies. The Hunter is different. Top class. Five-stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Odd 20 Dec 2013
Willem Dafoe is always watchable and in this unusual film he's no exception. His almost skeletal look and frame fitted this role very well. His default state looks at least concerned through to deeply anxious and this fed into the rather thin plot, combined with modestly saturated colours throughout to give a wasted, wilderness feel to every scene.

There seems to be a veil of very thin doubt about the true state of the Thylacine's extinction. It's just that nobody has reported - with evidence - seeing one since the early 20th century. Of course you can't have a film about a beast like this without showing it to us, and show it they do. As animal hire outfits who come complete with Tasmanian Tigers are scarce too, they made do with a CG version - and did it rather sketchily in places - its feet do a rather Moonwalk slide in one of the brief shots of it running away.

The whole thing is bound up by the ruthless nature of the $ driven relentless drive to find this beast - (which I hope is fictional) and it all gets a little nuts as the climax - climaxes. Which leaves the sad and silly ending, well - sad and silly.

But Tasmania's stark and harsh beauty is portrayed very ably by the cinematography, and not all the hunting/trapping detail was unrealistically handled - as is usually the case in these things. I'd guess they have advisors on set and then don't listen enough to them when shooting's going on. So in this case they've listened more to what their advice has been.

It's worth a watch but don't expect a thrilling 2+hours.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Draws you in to the end
Willem Dafoe is hired to find the last Tasmanian Tiger for a biotech firm. That's the plot.
He spends a good amount of time wondering around the stunning landscape and setting... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Thrud Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film, shame about the delivery!
Brilliant film!
However when it was delivered it was jammed into my post box on the wall and I couldn't get it out, ended up removing the box from the wall and dismantling... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rowan
3.0 out of 5 stars An okay film but nothing to rave about.
Lovely views of Tasmania. Defoe is decent as usual. Story is weak. Good/enlightened 'eco-warrior' versus bad/imbecilic 'capitalist' alert. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Passerby
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good
Really enjoyed the film, don't really know what to say but Willem Dafoe is great as always! 5 stars from me
Published 5 months ago by Mr. C. J. Davies
4.0 out of 5 stars Defoe Brilliant Acting
I must say it wasn't what I expected but the story line was very intense the scenes brilliant and I can not fault Defoe he is a great character actor.
Published 7 months ago by H. A. Ross-burton
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Fabulous story and scenery throughout,well acted but rather a sad ending.
I recommend this film to all who like outside views
Published 9 months ago by joanne cooke
4.0 out of 5 stars The Hunter
Very enjoyable, very watchable and most of all not over the top and could even be based on a true story (dont know if it is or not) Well recommended film and some great acting by... Read more
Published 10 months ago by M. Neale
1.0 out of 5 stars terrible!
What a flop! Forget it.... Expected much better from Dafoe. Slow, tedious and anticlimactic. Save your hard earned.... its a stinker!
Published 10 months ago by S. Zaidi (Big Sal)
5.0 out of 5 stars cimamatography at its best
Great story, great performances, great direction!
I've seen some reviews suggesting the plot is slow and lacking - don't buy this if you want all out action or you will miss... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Angela F
1.0 out of 5 stars Drama in the wilderness
I had thought that this might be worth a watch...but I was wrong. The only saving grace were the shots of Tasmania.
Published 11 months ago by Parsnipface
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