Review: The Hunter (15)

First published in Movies

Daniel Nettheim directs a haunting drama adapted from the novel by Julia Leigh, about a hunter who is drawn into a stand-off between environmentalists and loggers in one of the most beautiful locations on Earth.

A biotech company hires expert marksman Martin David (Willem Dafoe) to travel to the Southern Hemisphere and hunt the last remaining Tasmanian Tiger.

The elusive and majestic beast is believed to hold the secret to a pharmaceutical miracle.

Martin travels to the wilderness where Jack Mindy (Sam Neill) arranges for him to stay with Lucy Armstrong (Frances O’Connor) and her children Sass (Morgana Davis) and Bike (Finn Woodlock), whose zoologist father is missing.

As Martin stalks his prey, he grows emotionally attached to his hosts and begins to question the morality of destroying an endangered species forever.

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