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The Hunter [DVD]

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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 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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00883705O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,524 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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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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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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By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Dec. 2012
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Good old Willem Dafoe has that sort of lived in face that is never going to see him out of film work. He is in the happy position of picking and choosing his roles, which allows him to do a bit of globetrotting these days which he seems to revel in. This unusual role takes him to Tasmania, one of worlds few remaining wilderness areas. Dafoe is hired by a dubious biotech corporation to hunt down a Thylacine, better known as the Tasmanian tiger, a wolf like marsupial thought to have been extinct in the wild since the 1930's. But the corporation have a hidden agenda. Meanwhile Dafoe confronts hostilities from locals and stumbles across clues to an old murder. He also becomes involved with an attractive woman and her two children.

Perhaps the real star of this movie is the magnificent Tasmanian scenery which is beautifully photographed in all weathers. It proves to be a fine advert for Tasmanian tourism. I realised the potential for filming in this area when I watched another very decent Australian film "Van Diemen's Land", which also showed what an unforgiving place it can be. Dafoe's taut face is perfect for ratcheting up the suspense in this movie as the hunter inevitably becomes the hunted, all the while tantalisingly closing in on his quarry. One character comments that the animal is better off extinct as it will only be hunted down if found anyway, echoing the inevitable fate of wild tigers and rhinoceros who are worth a kings ransom to the Chinese market dead. Their only future being in zoos. The film also boasts the services of Sam Neil who hails from nearby New Zealand, in a return to grass roots for him. The film is very minimalist in feel. Shot on what must have been a small budget with a small cast, the film relies on suspense and scenery to deliver for the viewer.
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