Earning his stripes
Whether it’s the state’s stunning natural landscape, the film’s allegorical qualities or just the interest that comes with seeing a local production on the big screen, The Hunter manages to remain pretty intriguing despite its faults and annoyances.
Hollywood leading man Willem Dafoe ( pictured) made the journey to Tasmania to star as mercenary Martin David, who is hired by a military biotech company to find a Tassie tiger and obtain samples after reports of sightings in the remote Tasmanian wilderness.
Between explorations out into the sticks, he boards with a young family. The greenie father is missing and his wife and two children are still dealing with their grief.
A thoughtful and deliberately paced suspense piece that’s more than its ‘‘ eco- thriller’’ tag suggests, The Hunter has plenty going on. However, considering human drama is such a key ingredient, the undeveloped characters frustrate and it does have an air of haughtiness about it. Extras ( BD): Filmmaker’s commentary with director Daniel Nettheim and producer Vincent Sheehan, featurette and study guide. NOT VIEWED.