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Plot: The independent and lonely hunter Martin David is hired by the powerful biotech company Red Leaf to hunt down the last Tasmanian tiger. Red Leaf is interested in the DNA of the animal and Martin travels to Tasmania alone. He poses as a researcher from a university and lodges in the house of Lucy Armstrong. Martin leans that Lucy's husband has been missing for a long time and he befriends her children, Sass and Bike. When Martin goes to the village, he has a hostile reception from the locals. Along the days, Martin spends his days in the Tasmanian wilderness chasing the Tiger and becomes closer and closer to the Armstrong family. But Red Leaf wants results no matter the costs. Runtime: 102 mins Release Date: 05 Oct 2011
A hunter is contracted to track down the mythical Tasmanian Tiger. (by mandalor1138)
Best Aussie film I've seen in recent memory. Dafoe as the hunter was brilliant. The children gave faultless, endearing performances and their dialogue or lack thereof was totally natural without forced "it sounds like it's coming from a 20 year-old" lines. Frances O'Connor and Sam Neil gave nuanced, layered performances. Tasmania as a 'character' was starkly beautiful and the screenplay well served by its 10 year-development. Every scene propels the story. There were some aspects reminiscent of 'The American' i.e. sparse dialogue, the <more>
'professions' of the protagonists which is not a bad thing! 10/10 or 11/10 with the extra 'Aussie' star. t: @michaelclarkin
Amazing, great acting, Willem Defoe is sublime, great cinematography, emotional story, this is a must see. There's a lot of rubbish films these days, I like to watch American TV series as they have huge budgets and have time to develop story lines so things are more satisfying. I think that film making is a saturated market, and most things have been done to death, but it's rare that I see a film that has a clear vision and aim and produces such fantastic results. Willem Defoe has to be one of the greatest American actors alive today, his performance in this film is understated and <more>
powerful. There is a sub narrative that is very touching and emotional and very powerful and had me close to tears. I think this is an enigmatic film and really enjoyed seeing Sam Neil playing a part which was so unexpected considering his past performances. A fantastic film for cinema buffs.
Truly Amazing Movie!!! A Must See!!! (by killgamers)
Magnificent movie, with films like this being made, it's hard to understand why so many bad films are still being produced.This movie is the perfect example for the winning combination ALL! directors/producers/writers should be aiming for.The winning combination consisting of the following:>>> Good solid actors >>> Awesome photography>>> Simple effective script>>> Emotional content>>> Fluid screenplayThe ending was a little different to how I would have done it. However still a very good movie and one I will never forget!I highly recommend this <more>
film to anyone that cares. Basically this is a MUST SEE! before you die type movie.
I live in Tasmania and I know the country well enough. When I moved here in the 70's it was still considered possible that somehow the tiger had survived in some remote part of the island . Not So. Decades of intensive forestry and clearing and no hints of survival. Still the tantalizing reports occasionally surface. The animal has moved on to pure mythology. Into that scenario comes this beautifully filmed Eco thriller that has a great story line but is also about our beautiful island. The scenes are artfully mixed from various places in Tasmania and the original footage of the tiger is <more>
reproduced again for the big screen. How thrilling it was to see that old footage of the thirties last definite sightings again.This is the last surviving footage of a peak predator that was not a dog or cat relative but a marsupial and very strange. The film builds slowly and carefully, William Defoe is in a great role which he carries off so well Frances O'Connor and the kids are just entirely in the role! Go see this film if you have the chance and enjoy a beautiful movie I have avoided all discussion of the final 20 minutes go see it and be so surprised!! Its a beautiful and at times tense movie.
Great Dafoe, magnificent Tasmania, powerful Silence (by richard-1967)
Willem Dafoe plays a mysterious loner hired to find the Tasmanian Tiger, which is considered extinct. The film co-stars two wonderful kids and the Tasmanian back-country, extraordinarily beautiful.What's great about this movie is that in addition to telling an excellent story, it is beautifully filmed and, as a bonus, sent my wife and me to the Internet to look up Tasmania and the Tasmanian Tiger, which indeed is considered the most recently extinct animal. So we learned something too! As for the story, sure you can carp and say it's too far-fetched, or too sentimental, or has holes <more>
in it what story doesn't . But it hangs together quite well and is not only multi-faceted but refreshingly unpredictable.And the wonderful Silence. Few actors can work in silence as well as Willem Dafoe. This may be his strongest-ever performance, his expressive face being his best feature. Many scenes are told in silence, or rather with only the sounds of the back-country and the excellent movie score.Dafoe triumphs in a movie that is, after all, ultimately about his well-drawn character. After all, it is called "The Hunter."
Damn it's not often I come across an Aussie film that I would recommend to some one, but this is by far the best Aussie film I have seen in a long long time. I have lived in Australia for just on 30 years, and most films and TV series are lame, boring and very forgettable, but not this gem! The scenery is breath taking, great cast, intriguing story line if you know all about the Tassie tiger, haunting music score makes this a must see film. Yes at most parts it is all about the tiger, but the director and good cast get's you really involved with all the characters and story line, it <more>
left me with chills at the end, and that's something I look for in a film but don't find that often, and damn I was not expecting it in an Aussie film.9 out of 10 for me, and it's time for me to go back to Tasmania for a holiday, it's been way to long since last time I was there, and might even have a look around for that tiger.
An Intelligent Eco-Thriller with Terrific Performances (by soncoman)
Opening coincidentally during the San Francisco International Film Festival, "The Hunter" would fit right in among the 175 films being shown there. This Australian film, filmed mostly in Tasmania, stars the great character actor Willem Dafoe in a rare leading role as Martin David, the title character. David is engaged by a multinational corporation to track down the last surviving "Tasmanian Tiger" so that they may have exclusive rights to its DNA. David must do this under the noses of environmentalists trying to stop deforestation and the locals whose jobs and <more>
livelihoods rely on it.Masquerading as a scientist doing research, Martin finds himself quartered at the house of a local activist's widow Frances O'Connor and her two children Morgana Davies and Finn Woodlock. Slowly, he finds himself entwined in their lives and finds a disturbing connection between his current employer and the late activist. Martin's contact in the community Sam Neill is wary of their growing relationship and sets things in motion that will have a devastating impact on all involved.This is a beautiful, exciting film with nuanced performances from all the players. Dafoe's character doesn't say much, but his cragged face is as expressive a tool as his voice. Lengthy scenes are often dialogue-free, letting the surroundings and Martin's actions speak for themselves in a visual language. The juvenile performers are quite good, and Sam Neill is a welcome presence in any film.Part character study, part eco-thriller, the film does not beat you over the head with its environmental message. It manages to present somewhat of a balanced view of the debate between economy and environment at least with regards to the problems of the locals. Multinational Corporations are ALWAYS evil. PETA may take exception to Martin's final actions with regards to his original assignment, but after some thought they might be hard pressed to come up with any better solution. It's the kind of film that leads to great discussion and debate afterwards.www.worstshowontheweb.com
Beauty of primordial simplicity in a modern time (by marchegianni-283-272392)
There is something pure and truthful about this movie. Of course, it has a story, but the story is just a symbol. The depth behind the story and what it implies is what matters here. A work of art is never entertaining and just served as it is. This work of art explores the relation between the remains of that what is primordial in nature and what is essential in a man. It does not speak to us, but rather shows us instead. Through it's impeccable imagery we can almost sense something primordial in the outbacks of the modern day world. And in that world, as he is also in nature, a man is <more>
without direction, until an insight is born. True compass is on the inside. And for that, I applaud the artists.
Don't be alarmed, the ending is FINE. (by Nathanial_01)
As other readers have told you, this is a powerful film, with great acting that gets you inside the character's mind, and lets you feel their emotions. Many have warned that the last 20 minutes have an ending that ruined the film for them.On the contrary, the ending was fine and couldn't have ended any other way.If you were on the fence about watching this, due to other reviewer's takes on the ending, read my following opinion and give the movie a shot.** SPOILER **The ending wouldn't of made sense if Martin had let the tiger go free. It was known there were hunters before <more>
him, and will be hunters after he 's gone, if he shall fail. Shooting the tiger was an act of mercy. If you recall back to earlier in the film, Lucy, mother of the two children, mentioned that "It's probably better off extinct, if it survived people would always want to find it, hunt it down." Keep it in mind when Martin pulls the trigger, he is contemplating the idea of the tiger alone, constantly being hunted the rest of his life by poachers, or whomever Redleaf might send to replace him. Instead Martin takes the higher road and shoots the tiger as an act of mercy, giving it a chance to finally rest in peace. You may even consider the tigers glance to the ground before the shot, to be a reflection of the sadness, or sorrow this tiger is constantly going through. ** END OF SPOILER **Give the movie a chance, I guarantee after reading my review of the ending, you'll agree the ending was fine and the reviewers giving it a bad reputation don't seem to have the capability of looking into films at more than face value.