(Willem Dafoe, Frances O'Connor, Sam Neill, et al / DVD / R / 2012 / Magnolia Home Entertainment)
Overview: Martin David, a skilled and focused mercenary, is sent into the Tasmanian wilderness on a hunt for a tiger believed to be extinct. Hired by an anonymous company that wants the tiger's genetic material, Martin arrives in Tasmania posing as a scientist.
DVD Verdict: Based on a novel by Julia Leigh, this incredible - on so many levels - taut Australian-produced film follows a mercenary named Martin David (Dafoe) hired by a Red Leaf Biotech company to track down what may be the last remaining Tasmanian Tiger on the planet.
Hired at the beginning, thrown straight into the action from the off, David makes his base camp at a woman's cabin house, which she shares along with her young (mute) son and daughter. David makes his way into the dense, and yet gorgeous landscapes of Southern Australia each day searching for this elusive, uber rare animal - one that last existed in a zoo back in 1936.
An animal that everyone thinks is extinct, David still needs to find out for himself. With Sam Neill playing yet another great straight role as the grumpy old caretaker of the area, and keeper of the woman Lucy Armstrong (Frances O'Connor) and her kids, it is soon clear he has a hidden agenda. Her husband, an eco-warrior has now been missing for over a year, and her daughter (Sass) one night asks David to find him and bring him home.
There are many scenes of killing animals, gutting animals and such, so beware. Also, the two plots - the search for the animal and the family home he spends a lot of time in - run alongside each other perfectly. Which means, come the end, both (sadly) don't end well. Featuring en mass of cinematic wonderment of Australia, 'The Hunter' is compeling from start to finish - which is all down to the brilliant Dafoe - and a little girl named Sass (Morgana Davies). This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Making of 'The Hunter'
Magnolia Sneak Peaks