Earn­ing his stripes

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - 8 Eguide Dvds -

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.

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