'The Hunting Party'
(Richard Gere, Terrence Howard, et al / DVD / R / (2007) 2008 / The Weinstein Company)
Overview: A young journalist (Eisenberg), a seasoned cameraman (Howard) and a discredited journalist (Gere) embark on an unauthorized mission to find the no. 1 war criminal in Bosnia; they find themselves in serious jeopardy when they are mistaken as a CIA hit squad and their target decides to come after them.
DVD Verdict: 'The Hunting Party' staring Richard Gere and terrence Howard is perhaps one of the best films of 2007 released in the Fall of 2007 this film was released in limited release in New York and Los Angeles. Then due to dismal performance it was only released to other cities in very limited release.
So why is the Hunting Party suck a great film you ask? The reason great plot, actors, story and as much dark humor that will make you fall out of your seat. Based on a Esquire article by Journalist Scott Anderson, the article What I did on my Summer Vacation is about Five journalist who reunite Five years after the Bosnian war and decide to look for a war criminal. The film follows a similar plot.
In the Film which is told through the perspective of a war camera man called Duck played by perhaps one of best actors of this generation Terrence Howard, he is now a assist to a high level Tv correspondent for a big news channel but longs for his crazy days covering the war in Bosnia with a now out casted Journalist Simon Hunt (Gere) while in Bosnia Simon and Duck reunite to find a war criminal called the fox, along with the help of a 1970's yellow Mercedes and a young Journalist in training who is also the son of a network Benjamin played by Jesse Eisenberg. One of the reasons for the films lackluster attendance was the films finite trailer and what it leaves out the film does have a plot besides the whole wild single men that the poster tries to sell you.
As you watch the film you learn that Hunt is looking for the Fox because he killed his pregnant girlfriend a women from a Bosnian village also that everyone thinks they are CIA, and the wackiness that follows. What is so great is the films ability to funny, sad, and ridiculous all at the same time, even the films credits will shock you this film is not to be missed. Also the cameo by Diane Kruger known for her work in the National Treasure films shows her versatility as an actress in a short scene. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Six Deleted Scenes
Audio commentary by Shepard, the original Esquire article ("What I Did on My Summer Vacation") that inspired the film
"From Journalism to Film: Director Richard Shepard Interviews the Writers of the Original Esquire Article"