I didn’t get to attend last September’s Toronto International Film Festival, but I was still lucky enough to review The Hunter, a small, nature-centered drama that’s directed by Daniel Nettheim and stars Willem Dafoe. While I don’t think the film is a blow-the-doors-off-the-hinges great film, the evocation of the Australian wilderness and Dafoe‘s strong turn have both managed to stick with me in the months since.
Now, a theatrical release is on the way from Magnolia Pictures — and, thus, a trailer has been released by Apple to commemorate this event. It’s not a bad preview by any means — as an unknowing moviegoer, it would generate some attraction on my own part — but, boy, are they misleading people here. All those action beats you get in the trailer, with the tiger hunting, rifle shooting, and other things of that sort? That’s about as much as you get in the actual film; The Hunter is, for the most part, a character study that has a little bit of family drama and societal conflict thrown in for good measure. And that’s by no means a bad thing.
Watch the trailer below:
Synopsis: THE HUNTER is the story of Martin, a skilled and ruthless mercenary sent into the Tasmanian wilderness on a hunt for a tiger believed to be extinct. Hired by an anonymous company that wants the tiger’s genetic material, Martin arrives in Tasmania posing as a scientist. He proceeds to set up base camp at a broken-down farmhouse, where he stays with a family whose father has gone missing. Usually a loner, Martin becomes increasingly close to the family; however, as his attachment to the family grows, Martin is led down a path of unforeseen dangers, complicating his deadly mission.
Also starring Sam Neill and Frances O’Connor, The Hunter will hit VOD on March 2nd and open in theaters on April 6th.
Does this trailer make you interested in The Hunter?