Sunday, March 11, 2012
The Hunter- SXSW U.S. Premiere
Willem Dafoe and Daniel Nettheim presented the U.S. premiere of The Hunter at SXSW this afternoon in Austin, TX. Willem Dafoe plays Martin who is hired by a shadowy biotech company looking to kill the mythical and supposedly last Tasmanian Tiger in existence. The biotech company believes that the organs and blood from the Tasmanian Tiger can be utilized and sold. After Martin arrives he begins to discover that he was not the first hunter hired by the biotech company, and that his predecessors have all gone missing. As he begins to hunt the animal he forms relationships and makes enemies in the remote area of Tasmania. While the movie is not based on a true story it is based on the mythical sightings of local residents of the supposedly extinct animal. There is still no confirmation whether the animal is truly extinct or if these sightings are a rare glimpse into a miraculous repopulation.
The cinematography in this film is absolute breathtaking. Tasmania is quite an incredible land and has been preserved as a tropical paradise. While the movie was incredibly slow up until the last 30 minutes or so, the story was very interesting and had just enough mystery to keep the audience engaged. The acting was very good including supporting cast member Sam Neill and Frances O'Connor. I enjoyed this movie and the attention it brought to Tasmania in general and the possibly extinct and unique animal. I give this movie 3.5 stars out of 5 mostly due to some of the slowness of majority of the film meaning this would be a great rental.
Movie poster from: http://www.imdb.com/media/rm3348476160/tt1703148