2020   USA The Hunt
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Director:Craig Zobel
Studio:Blumhouse Productions
Writer:Nick Cuse, Damon Lindelof
IMDb Rating:5.7 (346 votes)
Genre:Action, Horror, Thriller
Duration:89 min
Craig Zobel  ...  (Director)
Nick Cuse, Damon Lindelof  ...  (Writer)
Betty Gilpin  ...  Crystal
Hilary Swank  ...  Athena
Ike Barinholtz  ...  Staten Island
Wayne Duvall  ...  Don???
Ethan Suplee  ...  (Shut the F**k Up) Gary
Emma Roberts  ...  Yoga Pants
Christopher Berry  ...  Target
Sturgill Simpson  ...  Vanilla Nice
Kate Nowlin  ...  Big Red
Amy Madigan  ...  Ma
Reed Birney  ...  Pop
Glenn Howerton  ...  Richard
Steve Coulter  ...  The Doctor
Dean J. West  ...  Martin
Vince Pisani  ...  Peter
Nathan Barr  ...  Composer
Darran Tiernan  ...  Cinematographer
Jane Rizzo  ...  Editor
Comments: The kills are decent (a couple are cringe-worthy), the comedy is well-paced, the twists are predictable but well-executed, and Betty Gilpin is a riot --she teeters on the edge of failing the whole time but never does.

I might have given this 5 stars but the surface level politics tug it down. Although it's refreshing things aren't one-sided, everything is so specific and easy, dreams of cult status are dashed.

If the film would have ended with the final fight culminating in a tender make-out/fade to black, the film could have called it's own bluff instead of insisting on more commentary and blunting what little edge it had created.

[Edit] I forgot to add that this film missed a glorious opportunity to use the famous (USA tv commercial) line: "I've fallen and can't get up".

Summary: Twelve strangers wake up in a clearing. They don't know where they are, or how they got there. They don't know they've been chosen - for a very specific purpose - The Hunt.

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