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The Hunter [Blu-ray]

4.1 out of 5 stars 59 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Willem Dafoe, Frances O'Connor, Sam Neil
  • Directors: Daniel Nettheim
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Oct. 2012
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008846MGQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,740 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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By J. Morris TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 July 2012
Format: Blu-ray
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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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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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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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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I THINK THIS MOVIE IS TERRIFIC, THE LOCATION IS PERFECT AND VERY PRETTY. YES, AT TIMES IT'S SLOW BUT THAT IS PART OF THE PICTURE , EVERYTHING CAN'T BE ACTION EVERY SECOND, YOU NEED TO ENJOY THE PLOT . THE ACTORS DID A GREAT JOB, WOW!!!. I WILL SAY THAT THIS MOVIE WILL GET TO YOU, AND YOU MAY CRY- AND IF YOU DO, YOUR HUMAN. I FEEL YOU SHOULD GET THIS DVD, YOU MAY DO WHAT I DO, WATCH IT MANY MANY TIMES, IT DOESN'T GET OLD. THE PLOT IS THE HUNTER IS TO HUNT THE TIGER. HE WILL DO HIS JOB , BUT HE ALSO HAS FEELINGS ABOUT THE PEOPLE HE IS STAYING WITH, BUT I'M NOT REAL HAPPY ON WHAT HE DOES AT THE END. YOU WILL ENJOY THIS MOVIE, BUT IT WILL BE SLOW TO WHAT OTHERS SAY ABOUT. I THINK MANY OTHER MOVIES ARE REALLY SLOW, THIS HAS A STEADY PATTERN TO IT. I'VE SEEN MANY MANY MANY MOVIES FROM THE 1950'S, I KNOW MY STUFF, THIS IS A GREAT MOVIE, GIVE IT A TRY, YOU WON'T BE SORRY.
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