The Hunt Review

A Sharp, Twisted Satire

By Connor Frost

The Hunt follows the story of twelve strangers who wake up in a field in the middle of nowhere. They don’t know where they are, or how they got there. They soon find out that they’ve been chosen for a very specific purpose — The Hunt.

In the shadow of a dark internet conspiracy theory, a group of elites gathers for the very first time at a remote Manor House to hunt ordinary Americans for sport…. it’s all pretty messed up. Starring Emma Roberts (“We’re the Millers”, “American Horror Story”), Hillary Swank (“P.S I Love You”) and Betty Gilpin (“Isn’t It Romantic”).

“The Hunger Games” meets Orwell’s “Animal Farm” in this sharp, twisted satire that keeps you on your toes throughout.

One of the most politically current films of late, The Hunt is a sadistic blend of horror, action and comedy. I’m sure there are plenty of people that will be offended by the film, but that (as far as I understand) is the whole point — so not one to take too seriously.

The story plays out really well and has you constantly questioning “what the hell is happening?” This keeps the interest level very high, and, mixed in with some impressive gore/action, makes The Hunt a very watchable film.

The threats to cancel the film’s release were wildly outlandish as it’s not as controversial as the marketing campaign let on. Sure, there are some on-the-line jokes but so do most Hollywood comedies these days.

Anyway, these comedic moments are probably the biggest highlight for me. The Hunt is wildly entertaining and incredibly relevant in today’s current climate.

However, in diving into the dark world of mixing politics and social media, The Hunt does little to actually spark the necessary conversation it seems to evoke. If addressed differently, perhaps the subject matter could’ve been taken more seriously.

Either way, Betty Gilpin is totally badass in this film as the crazy, funny ex-army Redneck from the Deep South. The film is worth watching for her performance alone. Someone who has only just appeared on my radar, she is certainly one I will be keeping an eye on in future releases.

Overall, The Hunt is a fresh, laugh-out-loud horror-comedy that’s great to watch, even though it doesn’t quite do enough to break Trump’s doors wide open.

Originally published at on March 20, 2020.



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