I was interested to see The Hunter because it concerns the hunt for a thylacine, a tiger-like marsupial thought to have gone extinct in 1936 although unconfirmed sightings are reported each year. Willem Dafoe does a great job (as does Morgana Davies, a child actor who was the only good thing about last year’s The Tree) but much of the story falls into some genre cliché (local townspeople intimidating an outsider, for example). Then the end was peculiar and disturbing, not in a good way. Still, how often do you see a feature set in Tasmania. With subject matter like this you assume the filmmakers want to say something about endangered species, but after seeing the film I wonder whether they intended to say what they actually said. 6
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