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The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 22 April 2016 (USA)
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Eric and fellow warrior Sara, raised as members of ice Queen Freya's army, try to conceal their forbidden love as they fight to survive the wicked intentions of both Freya and her sister Ravenna.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Hemsworth ... The Huntsman / Eric
Charlize Theron ... Ravenna
Jessica Chastain ... Sara
Emily Blunt ... Queen Freya
Nick Frost ... Nion
Rob Brydon ... Gryff
Sheridan Smith ... Mrs. Bromwyn
Alexandra Roach ... Doreena
Sope Dirisu ... Tull
Sam Hazeldine ... Leifr
Sam Claflin ... William
Sophie Cookson ... Pippa
Conrad Khan ... Young Eric
Niamh Walter ... Young Sara
Nana Agyeman-Bediako Nana Agyeman-Bediako ... Young Tull


Evil sorceress Queen Ravenna's powers allow her to know that her younger sister Freya, whose powers have not yet emerged, is not only involved in an illicit affair with an already elsewhere engaged nobleman Andrew, but is also pregnant with his child. Sometime after Freya gives birth to a baby girl, Freya discovers that Andrew not only reneged on his promise of elopement with her but also murdered their child. In a grief-fueled rage, her broken heart freezes over and she kills him with her sudden emergence of powers - the elemental control of ice..

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for fantasy action violence and some sensuality | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Universal's director short list for this film consisted of Frank Darabont, Gavin O'Connor, and Andy Muschietti. Darabont eventually signed on to the project, but decided against directing during pre-production. He did, however, initially remain on board as co-writer, before later being replaced entirely. Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, who worked as Visual Effects Supervisor and Second Unit Director on Snow White and the Huntsman (2012), was then hired to be the film's director, with Evan Spiliotopoulos and Craig Mazin collaborating on the screenplay. See more »


When Sara and Erica are in the woods after recovering the mirror and he is convincing her that they belong together, she is tending to and has visible wounds on her shoulder and arm. When they begin to make love, the wounds disappear. In the morning, they are back again. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: What does the mirror show you? What do you see? An oft told tale. That of Snow White, how she vanquished the evil Queen Ravenna and took her rightful place on the throne. But there is another story, one you have not yet seen. One that comes long before "happily ever after."
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Crazy Credits

The world in the Universal logo turns to gold and morphs into a mirror. See more »

Alternate Versions

In Singapore, the film was edited for a PG13 rating. The distributor chose to remove the sex scene between Sara and the Huntsman. The uncut version was classified NC16. See more »


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Castle (The Huntsman: Winter's War Version)
Written by Halsey (as Ashley Frangipane) and Lido (as Peder Losnegård)
Performed by Halsey
Orchestral Arrangements by James Newton Howard
Courtesy of Astralwerks
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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A Bitter Disappointment | Review of 'The Huntsman: Winter's War'
17 May 2016 | by tempestnyxSee all my reviews

This movie had so much potential, but all of it went down the drain. At first look, it seems like a great move for Universal to distance itself from Stewart and the director Rupert Sanders of the previous film because some bad press is bad press. That scandal hurt sales, everyone knows it, and it did not receive many great reviews, probably the biggest fault in the previous was the story which wasn't praised. This film, while written by different people, suffers that same problem.

It is such a thin story. It exists, there is something tangible that holds this film together, but as a whole, it's rather sloppy and the Queen's themselves, Theron and Blunt, they don't get enough screen time as they should have to bring this film to life in a cohesive manner. Winter's War recaps the Huntsman past and gives the origins of the Ice Queen, Freya, (Emily Blunt), that itself leads to some discrepancies regarding the Huntsman's role in the previous film, but the biggest problem here is it takes too long. The film moves at a snail's pace. It takes about an hour and more to get to the damnable evil mirror before it finally speeds up, and brings back the evil queen, Ravenna (Charlize Theron) who gave an incredible performance. Theron and Blunt have a powerful dynamic in this film, and as evil queens, they are very different, giving their characters different strengths and weaknesses. However, they were hardly in the movie. All of Theron's screen time is in the various trailers, adding up to about 20 to 25 minutes of the film. There should have been more of her; there should have been more of the Queen's, in general, to give the story an actual story line that doesn't fall apart at the seams. Yes, the movie is about the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) and yeah, he was funny, he gave an excellent performance alongside Jessica Chastain, who was also great to watch, but their story, their forbidden love story, it was neither unique nor powerful.

This movie feels empty, insubstantial in its story making. It almost feels as if the writers just wanted to capitalize on the Frozen popularity while it is still high. Once Upon a Time did that, but they were successful because they wrote a story not just around Elsa but also the original Snow Queen. Given all the material out there on the Snow Queen, the writers at least got her character right, but that's it, even a great performance by Blunt cannot save the character from an empty story line. She wants to control; she wants power, and she wants to dominate? Her motivation doesn't reflect her pain or explain her actions, stealing kids does, but waging war doesn't. Moreover, her reasoning for wanting the mirror is unclear. Does she want it for its power? Does she want it because it once belonged to her sister? Clear motivation is lacking in this story, and with two evil queens, it should have been action packed, it should have been captivating and enthralling, but the story is a mess. The only thing that moves throughout the film is the fact that Hemsworth needs to get the mirror away from the Queen and destroy it.

With so much potential and renowned actors, this movie could have been something great instead of the bitter disappointment that it was.

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Release Date:

22 April 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Snow White and the Huntsman 2 See more »


Box Office


$115,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,445,035, 24 April 2016

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