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Quick-Thoughts: The Hunt (2012)

The Hunt breaks the obstructions of its often traditional filmmaking style and ordinary story with an utterly down-to-earth manner of execution that brings in appallingly believable performances and scenarios. Child molestation is such a touchy topic that it’s easy for us to let our suspicions blind us when dealing with it. As much as we would all love to see every criminal that dabbles in this transgression put behind bars for life, it’s undeniable that it takes no effort to convict someone guilty of its atrocities. It takes less than evidence to get us to assume and begin pointing fingers in a serious manner. 

The Hunt explores how lies can be just as dominating as truths, and that humans really aren’t inherently taught how to interpret them. That in of itself is the dilemma of our judgment; should we truly turn on those closest to us because of talk, or is it our duty to become better and assert mature, progressive conduct before doing anything drastic? 

I must admit though, a majority of the last ten minutes of The Hunt were a bit of an abrupt cop-out. Last scene, maybe not, however. Oh well, at least we have Mads Mikkelsen. What an actor. 

On a side-note, I’ve got beef with one particularly underdeveloped character who plays a huge role in initiating the conflicts that arise in this movie. So spoilers for one, singular incident that occurs in The Hunt in 3, 2, 1…

Klara’s older brother has no right to cry for her sister when he literally aided his friend in showing her PORN. F***ING GRAPHIC PORN. WHAT KIND OF SICK PERSON DOES THAT TO A FIVE-YEAR-OLD? HE DIDN’T THINK FOR A FLEETING SECOND THAT BECAUSE HIS LITTLE SISTER SAW THIS, SHE WOULD GET PSYCHOLOGICALLY UNWARRANTED AND TORMENTING IDEAS? AND HE HAS THE AUDACITY TO GET EMOTIONAL BECAUSE OF THE DOINGS OF ANOTHER WHEN HE’S A TOTAL FREAK HIMSELF? WHAT AN ACTUAL S***-TIER, CONTRADICTING INDIVIDUAL! HE PISSED ME OFF. 

I had to get that out, sorry. Anyways, great movie, nonetheless!

Verdict: B

“The Hunt” is now available to stream on Tubi, YouTube, Google Play, Vudu, Amazon Prime, and iTunes.

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