NIGHT HUNTER

Bangor Mail - - The Film Review -

★★★★★

(15) SU­PER­MAN star Henry Cav­ill leads a po­lice team on a dull trudge through this solemn and lack­lus­tre se­rial killer thriller which takes it­self far too se­ri­ously for its own good and, as a con­se­quence, suf­fers a near fa­tal break­down.

The brood­ing and bearded Brit is the de­tec­tive in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mur­ders of young women – an out­ra­geous case in­volv­ing mul­ti­ple per­son­al­ity dis­or­der, pae­dophiles and on­line groom­ing. Alexan­dra Dad­dario plays his psy­chob­a­b­ble ex­pert, with Stan­ley Tucci his sweary boss and Nathan Fil­lion as his tech guy, although none of them are given room to add depth.

On the plus side, we have Ben Kings­ley as a base­ball bat-swing­ing vig­i­lante, who’s teamed with the win­ningly non­cha­lant and foul-mouthed Eliana Jones.

But mostly it’s an ill-judged, silly and grim ex­pe­ri­ence, full of unin­spired set pieces, with an over­cooked pot­boiler of a plot which feels com­pelled to serve up a mea­sure of mawk­ish fam­ily values to com­pen­sate for its own grisly in­dul­gences.

Henry Cav­ill as Mar­shall

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