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El’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
To be honest, the more I think about this, the less I like it. It just seemed so jam-packed full of weird choices.
Completely unneccesary random zooming in shots on kids, some of it was so dark which was, frankly, odd, and there were so many strange details that were emphasised and stuck out like a sore thumb that provided nothing by way of character or plot development??
✨ Ooo it's called 'the hunt' not only because there's actual deer hunting but because they're hunting the dude who they think did a terrible thing ✨ wow that's so deep dude!
Weird anonymity about who killed the dog/tried to shoot him that was so out of place in contrast to the crazy 5 minute scene of this dude literally getting battered to bits (and the rather obvious message about ✨strength in numbers and how hatred can grow in a crowd and stories are blown out of proportion✨
But really, what did this film aim to achieve? How many people has this really happened to, as opposed to the number of victims whose stories are brushed under the rug? If anything, I think the message of this could actually end up doing more harm than good (as demonstrated by the fact that I now think all kids are filthy liars lmao)
But hey, if you want to see 2 hours of pointless suffering due to a child being a little shit, and then a turnaround of events with an ambiguous and threatening ending, then this one's for you.
Maybe I missed a trick here, man, but this one really was a biiiig miss for me.