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VOD Review: The Hunt

Over the years there have been so many movies where the rich think they can do whatever the heck they want because they have all this money. They think that the substantial wealth that they own makes them above the law. The Hunt is an example of such things.

Poster for the original September 2019 release

In The Hunt, a group of people awakens after being drugged and kidnapped to find that they have been chosen to be prey for "The Hunt" when a group of rich people hunts people down for sport. As the prey gradually gets picked off, one of them (known as Snowball) has an uncanny knack of surviving.

What people may not realize is this movie is based on a book called "The Most Dangerous Game", and not only that but this is the 13th movie to be based on this book...and sadly I have to say that the number 13 is most certainly unlucky for this movie. That's not to say that this movie is total garbage. This movie does have some interesting parts in it, a few funny parts and the twists at the end were nice, but the pace of the movie was choppy like it couldn't make its mind up, a lot of things were predictable (in a bad way), and it just felt like at times people improvised instead of following the script. What is scary is I have watched a lot of indie films with a lot more depth, excitement and just grabbed me. Blumhouse has been all over the place movie-wise and it seems no matter where I turn there are pretty much everywhere, and a fair few movies have been really good, but this is not one of them, that's for sure.

They either saw a different movie, or there's a different cut.

This movie, as much as its an average piece of escapism that doesn't know what genre it wants to be in (there is shades of comedy, satire, thriller, action, political, horror and kinda flipflops) tries to fight above its weight and suffers quite a loss which is a great pity. It most definitely didn't deserve the hype they've somehow generated for it.

This movie had the hugest amounts of hype surrounding it, but a lot of that was due to the fact that the movie was originally going to be released September 2019 but after the tragic shootings in Dayton and El Paso it was postponed to this year and a mere week after the cinematic release cinemas. I do feel that in some way that there is an attempt to try and make this movie controversial, by attempting to make it a political satire/action/thriller/horror and also the postponement because of the shootings. To be honest, the only controversial thing about this movie and the only reason that it's being talked about is that it's not controversial and people are wondering why exactly people are talking about it.

Don't expect something that is groundbreaking as you'll be sorely disappointed. To be honest, if you want to see it done better, watch Hard Target (yet another movie based on that book, this was the 8th movie based on it). Jean Claude Van Damme's mullet is more charismatic too.

The Hunt is rated 15 and available on VOD now.

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