not what l expected, not everyons movie
Slow,picturesque,not what I call entertaining but well made. 2.5 stars
I liked this but more money or directing or something was missing. Stunning Australian scenery.
Really enjoyed this film; the beautifully filmed Tasmanian landscape, a compelling story, a moral dilemma and understated performances played out against the tension of a divided community.
Strange movie, with a disappointing ending.
Nice scenery, slightly silly plot
I thought this was going to be some fantastic movie but all that happened was they talked about what happened in the book all the way through I was so disappointed.
Not what i expected but enjoyed it anyway.
Slow good actors but they could not carry the script
Visually this was worth it, but the storyline was just so slow, I'm sure they filled the time with the scenery just to make up the 100 minutes! Like Musicmum below, I don't see why they had to bring in someone from America to play the main role when we have plenty of brilliant actor’s right here on our doorstep! Wouldn't really recommend, unless if you have a penchant for Tasmania.
Worth watching for the fantastic Tasmania scenery,not recommended for family viewing,though older kids okay. Good aussie film,wish they had made the lead role an aussie,would have been better.
Nice scenery, nice music, nice camera work but not engaging.... the ending was fairly lame to be honest.
Interesting movie - very good
The scenery in this movie was wonderful especially when they are in the rain forest. Kept me interested. I enjoyed this but would not rave about it. A typical Australian movie.
Actually loved this movie, suspense kept me going and to see that small towns people acting as most small towns people do, story I felt was put together well as well, well worth a watch.
The jury's still out on this one. totally get the storyline - but poorly executed I think, had little inspiration or enthusiasm and had an awful ending that leaves you with a bit of a knot in your tummy. I watched it all the way.... I cant say I got bored but it is very slow - I was expecting that after reading the reviews.... not to sure what else to say.
Absolutely amazing scenery shot in Tasmania. A resiliant story with Willem Defoe at his brilliant best.
Best ever story about species survival and ethics of conservation. The book was even better than the movie because it detailed the tension of the hunt through the forest.
Pretty good, but the CGI Tasmanian Tiger was absolutely terrible
Spare the Australian film industry from Americanised plots!
Great movie but stopped mid way through for some reason and parents had to fast forward but eventually managed to watch it all
Very slow.But great scenery...
What a truly excellent film.
Dafoe as a quiet, no-nonsense professional hunter from the US is recruited and flown to Tazzie as a 'scientist' to find the 'extinct' Thylacine and take back samples for the big corporate boys to make oodles of cash from...
Enter Dafoe into backwater Tassie.
The gritty, down-to-earth reality of living with a poor family in the wilds of Tasmania mixes magnificently with the beautiful and harsh landscapes of Australia's forgotten wilderness. Great acting from everyone involved, Dafoe is utterly believable and not some superhero hunter who somersaults out of danger and gets into car chases through the streets of Hobart. Far from it.
I really believed this story and it smacked of ultra realism, and although it is not a fast-paced movie by any stretch of the imagination, I gave it a well-earned five stars as when we finished watching it both my wife and I commented, "What a great film."
And that's what entertainment is about.
Buy it and get some popcorn in, turn up the sound and crack a bottle of Boags. You won't be disappointed...
Story a bit slow, but very impressive photography. Not enough seen of Frances O, but she is lovely. We were very moved.
excellent movie Willem Dafoe is at his very best, the support cast are also good and the story has a unique twist at the end. Highly recommended
This is a film to watch in a quiet, meditative frame of mind, in my opinion. It's not one to watch for thrills particularly, but it does work on the audience, with the subtle yet powerful interactions of the characters and the desires within human hearts that can appear as complicated. David (played by Defoe) is a loner figure, paid to do a job and one that he plans to carry out to the best of his expertise. The director is able to intimately acquaint the audience with this quiet, serious man. I found that there is a lot to like about this film; a lot to appreciate. I think there was a lot of realism involved as well, particularly involving the tensions between those who want their jobs in the forestry industry preserved, and the green protesters. I think the ending was very logical, considering the sequence of preceding events.
Highly recommended for all those wanting to have an argument for the preservation of any animal facing extinction and for the beautiful scenery Tasmania has to offer. A real tour of what it would be like to go on a walk through Tasmania's highlands!
I enjoyed this. It was interesting, Australian based but of course with overseas main actors but still intrigueing in its premise and well acted. The documentry images were well blended into the movie. Willem Dafoe was excellent in this.
this film is beautiful showing off the tasmanian wilderness a side of australia not often seen but the story is far fetched the ending is terrible and it drags on.
Rather slow and hard work. Some messages in there but clumsily done
Good location filming of Tasmanian wilderness. The story on screen, however, lacks flow and the scenes are disjointed.
Scenic and slow paced film with moderate suspence/action and layed storytelling. William Dafoe is captivating as always and Sam Niell is typically solid.
I didn't mind this movie. A bit slow in places and yes, I did find the time lines a bit odd. A bit more of Callum Mulvey would have been nice! Loved Willem Dafoe in it, a great piece of casting.
I wanted to give this 4 stars, but I couldn't get past the implausible set-up (that a nefarious biotech company wants to get thylacine DNA and is willing to kill for it). Otherwise, it has suspense, austere scenery and a fine performance by Willem Dafoe.
The Hunt for the Tassie Tiger is on, a great tale of a man who needs no helps to catch the allusive tiger. There was a bit of reading between the lines on this one it was the things that were not said that made it intriguing and worth watching again and again. The scenery was spectacular. A Really good Movie to watch
We really enjoyed this movie! I had heard that it was a long drawn out affair, but I think it was great. Great storyline, William Defoe was good and the scenery beautiful. All round a good yarn.
The Tas scenery is fantastic (I love the place). A bit slow in parts and although I am not a prude and swear like a trooper myself, I don't see the need for young kids to swear. It was only a little bit but it cost a couple of stars
Slow in places but ultimately pays off, though we culd probaly do with more of Sam Neill - less Dafoe and scenery
What a crock of ****!!!
They say the scenery is one of the characters - it's the only one that's interesting or has any dimension
Beautifully filmed but the movie goes nowhere. Absurd climax.I thought we'd got over importing Yanks as good as Dafoe generally is
Set in Tasmania, on the wild west coast. Worth watching for the stunning scenery and the occasional wombat and tassie devil seen in their natural habitat.
Other than that, nothing much happens for at least the 1st hour of the movie, other than the main character setting traps to catch the tassie tiger.
What spectacular scenery. Very believable plot who knows what lives in the undiscovered wilds of Tassie and what would the scientific world do if an animal thought to be extinct was found. Thought provoking.
Good story line a bit slow moving but watchable
Suspensful, heart wrenching, beautiful scenery. Very well done, worth watching.
A good drama with little dialogue. The scenery tells part of the story.
This was a heavy but interesting movie. Enjoyed it.
Thought this movie beautifullt directed.. I see there is a clear line in the love or hate of this film, but I believe if you can separate yourself from your own political thoughts in the sub plot you can see the movie for what it wants to be.
I was soo sceptical of Dafoe for this role but he absolutely absorbed the role and character.
Cinematography is enchanting, from the endless gorges to the gentle snow covering the wet plains.
I think the only let down was the quick ending after such a patiently told story.
This movie only reaffirms my love for Tazzy, as a Victorian
Awesome! Understated, beautiful scenery, great acting particularly by Dafoe. Great plot, confronting, a thinking movie: covers human relationships with each other and our environment, greed, survival (tassie tiger, human existence, employment -loggers, hunters, scientists) the role of science, actions and consequences. Got alot from this film and even got all teary in the end.
I am amazed to see another watchable Oz movie other than Red Dog and the Dish. Wow now we have 3! The only major fault in 'The Hunter' is the editing. Either the editors were excessively happy with the Taz scenery or perhaps after dragging Willem through so much sleet and snow they didn't want to cut his out his many solitary bush scenes; so they cut out too much of the central story instead. The result is they made the character interaction a bit too sketchy and the flow/continuity of the movie is lost. It is only when you see the interviews and outtakes are you sure about guesses you are forced to make. Such is the editing that in the interview Sam Neil indicated that the story centered around his character but after editing most of his contribution ended up on the cutting room floor.
I am usually a Dafoe fan.
This movie was OK but I kinda wanted more tiger and less of anything else.
Lets face it the Tiger was the only elephant in the room worth the effort.
Martin, a mercenary, is sent from Europe by a mysterious biotech company to the Tasmanian wilderness on a hunt for the last Tasmanian tiger. The last scenes will be forever etched in my brain. Willem Defoe is great
The languid pace of this slow-burn thriller makes sense given the timelessness and sheer beauty of the Tasmanian landscape; which is perhaps the real star of this thoughtful film. Dafoe, heading a very solid cast, is both entirely believable and suitably rough-hewn as the Hunter in question. If you want a movie to half-watch while you eat dinner or check your Facebook updates - The Hunter is not for you. However, if you're prepared to invest a little time, this is a film with many small, but worthy, rewards.
Quite a good story and better paced than most American movies of that type.
OK storyline and fantastic photography, especially if you know Tasy a little.
i.liked this movie very much it was informative and being set in tassie made it worth watching
The reviews differ widely on this one! I thought it was very good. It is very understated and not over the top. Even the Tasmanian Tiger looked believable. Willem Dafoe was very good in his role. I would recommend it. It is not action packed, but still it kept me interested. The Tasmanian wilderness was worth the price of admission, alone.
I thought it was dreadful and only gave it a star for the scenery all that beauty spoiled by men who want to kill and trap animals in the most barbaric way and chop trees. It all became an American white washed soap opera. Dreadfull and what a stupid end!
Willem Dafoe gets his Bear Grylls on and goes off into the Tasmanian (that's that little spit of dirt off the mainland of Australia) wilderness to try and find a Tasmanian Tiger. The film is brooding and moody but the main character is the cinematography and scenic landscape shots that show off how spectacular and wild that state is. Sam Neil is great as Jack Mindy the dirty old bushman, with the little screentime he gets he nails. Stunningly beautiful, with a grandiose score and masterfully acted.
This movie was tedious to watch. I did persevere to the end just to see where it was going. I don't think it showed Tasmania in a very good light....either the interminably rain soaked wilderness or the redneck timber workers, the movie completely biased towards greenies. I didn't count how many times we had to sit through the hunter setting yet another of his traps but he sure did spend a lot of time winding string round bits of twig!
Would not recommend this movie.
Cinematography superb, well acted, ( although aren't our Australian actors good enough without having to hire a big name American), and a very touching movie. Kept me intently interested during the whole movie. Love a movie that "stays' with me for days. 5 stars.
excellent movie, makes you really wonder about the tiger..it well could be alive out in the wilderness of tassie
My husband and I enjoyed this, beautiful backdrop, great story line...
Very boring but it shows life in Tasmania realistically!
A great movie, well acted. Great photography of a Tasmanian wilderness. We'd give it four stars!
Did not like this movie. Characters were never explored. There wasn't enough depth to the Hunter and those around him. Would not recomend to others.
good oz film-making. i did find a tad 'slow' in parts but overall well worth the watch. Willem dafoe suited the part perfectly. Well cast
One of the better Australian Movies I have seen. Unlike Red Dog, this story was mature and held the interest. Recommended for those who enjoy a good Drama. The only downside is that it makes Australia look like Hicksville, and the average Australian look like a Yobbo!
William Dafoe was vgood. Enjoyed it.