'The Hunt' is a very important film. It's important that it exists because even though it may seem unlikely, this could happen to literally anyone. It's such a brutal and hard-hitting film to watch because his man's life is being torn apart in front of your eyes and you feel so helpless to stop it. The film actually lets him off in a way (not entirely but at least in the eyes of the law) and while I was thankful for that from a spectators perspective I'm not entirely sure how realistic that was. Even still, this film provides you with (and leaves you with) a very uneasy feeling deep inside.
The final moments of the film are very interesting to me. A shot is taken at the lead character, which misses. This is such a brilliant ending to the film because it is a poignant reminder that something like this never truly leaves you alone forever. On a side note, and I know it's not the point, but I would actually love to see a whole other film made, starting at the point that this film ends. It could be a whodunnit of sorts. It would never happen, but dreams are free.
The acting in this film is incredible. The reason it's so incredible is because everyone has to have so much subtlety. There are so many tiny little looks and face details that speak a thousand words. Every one of them nails it. The little girl in particular blew me away. She was captivating in every scene she was in.
The synopsis for this film mentions that the little girl is lying. Even though that intriguing synopsis is what got me to watch the film, I wish it didn't mention that she was lying. I think not being a 100% certain of that (and yes I know the film makes a point of being very clear at the start with multiple hints that she is lying) adds a layer to the film. Almost a little like the film 'Doubt', you always have it in the back of your mind whether he did or did not do it. I guess it's not the point of the film and maybe it does work better with the audience knowing he's innocent. I can see it both ways, but personally I'd prefer to have the doubt.
'The Hunt' is a masterful film. It takes extremely sensitive material and makes it into a powerful masterpiece. You must see this film if you haven't already.
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