UPDATE: The Hunt is now available to rent on VOD. Check out my review now.
The Hunt has the wealthy literally hunting ordinary people for sport – the question is, will it end happily or like real life?
Described as “a terrifying real world nightmare, a suspense thriller set in modern America that feels a bit too close to reality for comfort”, The Hunt stars Hilary Swank as the rich woman at the centre of the game – and Betty Gilpin as one of the hunted, who, spectacularly, fights back.
The film was meant to come out last year, but was put on hold after two mass shootings in the US.
It was at that point I read Richard Connell’s 1924 short story it’s based on, The Most Dangerous Game (which while it shows its 1920s origins is still well worth a read).
Here’s the trailer, and scroll down for the synopsis:
“In the shadow of a dark internet conspiracy theory, a group of elites gathers for the very first time at a remote Manor House to hunt ordinary Americans for sport. But the elites’ master plan is about to be derailed because one of The Hunted, Crystal (Betty Gilpin), knows The Hunters’ game better than they do.
She turns the tables on the killers, picking them off, one by one, as she makes her way toward the mysterious woman (two-time Oscar® winner Hilary Swank) at the center of it all.“
The Hunt will be released in UK cinemas on 11th March 2020 and in the US on 13 March. It’s directed by Craig Zobel.