At first glance, “The Hunt” could just be another rendering of the “hunter becomes the hunted” movie trope. Like it’s just another rendering of “The Most Dangerous Game”. At least on the surface that’s what it appears to be. But actually the film has very deep rooted social commentary that is extremely, and dangerously, relevant to today’s society.
Initially what appears to be the elite versus the lower class, it is actually the classic polarization of Liberal versus Conservative. In fact, one could argue that they are actually far left and far right opponents as opposed to Modernists who are used to a compromise.
This is actually the real genius part of the film because of the social commentary. While it is there, it is disguised in the glamorous, gory, special effects and dark humor that is throughout the entire story. And this is where the real strength of this film comes from: the idea that first appearances are almost always wrong. As there are some characters you should be rooting for, and others you should be a pose against. But then about 3/4 of the way to the film, we discovered that the people you were rooting for have ideals and points of view that may not necessarily be the same as yours. And the hunters as they are portrayed in the first part of the film, actually have ideals closer to that of the viewer of the movie.
The idea that first impressions can be misleading as a very powerful tool, especially in that of a horror film. Or in the case of this movie a social psychological thriller. The film is not necessarily intending for the social commentary to be as obvious as it might be to most viewers. The gory effects in this film are extreme. And as I stated previously, the dark humor does serve to create a very strange atmosphere.
Final score: 6.5/10