The latest of these is The Hunter , an Australian film set entirely in one of the last great wildernesses, Tasmania. Not to be confused with Steve McQueen's last film of the same name although I'm sure echoes are intended , it's based on a book by Julia Leigh, the writer who made her own debut as a film-maker at Cannes in with the neo-feminist erotic curio Sleeping Beauty. Thankfully, where Sleeping Beauty was all cold, hard stares in airless rooms, The Hunter , directed by Daniel Nettheim , is glorious in its widescreen, weather-lashed treatment of the great outdoors.
Willem Dafoe , an actor we see all too rarely in lead roles, is superb as the titular hunter, hired by a dubious biotech corporation to track down the Tasmanian tiger, a fox-like creature thought to have been extinct since the s.
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It is unclear what Dafoe's character does for a living. I was even reminded of George Clooney's recent gunsmith in The American.
However, arriving in a small logging town in Tasmania, Dafoe assumes the alias of Martin David, and claims to be sent from "the university" as part of a field study into the behaviour of Tasmanian devils. After a hostile reception at the local pub, where he's told "we don't like greenies around here", Martin finds lodgings at the ramshackle house of another university researcher, Jarrah Armstrong, who has been missing for months. Jarrah's wife, Lucy Frances O'Connor , lies comatose with grief and barbiturates in her bed while her two children, Sass and Bike, run almost feral around the wooden building and its muddy outhouses.
Martin sets about restoring power and water to the dwelling, necessitating more contact with the children than we feel he would like. Soon, though, he's off into the hills to track his prey, assisted by a kindly enough neighbour called Jack Mindy Sam Neill who has taken it upon himself to look in on the Armstrong children regularly. En route to the forests, Martin and Jack encounter environmental protesters — the "greenies" — and loggers, workers on practically the only industry in the island's interior. As for the sheer scale of these 16 x 16km maps, the small team at Avalanche relies partly on procedural generation.
First, Peppe creates a terrain and from there I use a tool to procedurally distribute materials across it. Imagine placing all those trees by hand! We have hundreds of thousands of them in each reserve, and we use rules to generate them in an efficient way. All the rules leading up to the procedural results we get have been carefully designed. However, we have adjusted several spots where animal and player interactions were not ideal. When I play The Hunter, I often find myself completely ignoring the hunting aspect of the game and just enjoying existing in the world, taking screenshots with the in-game camera.
This puts the environments at the forefront and we love seeing the screenshots people have taken. Martin learns that Lucy's husband has been missing for a long time and he befriends her children, Sass and Bike. When Martin goes to the village, he has a hostile reception from the locals.
Along the days, Martin spends his days in the Tasmanian wilderness chasing the Tiger and becomes closer and closer to the Armstrong family. But Red Leaf wants results no matter the costs. The Hunter speaks of humanity left in a cruel man who was sent on a different mission. This time he is to hunt down an endangered animal and then he comes in touch with a wonderful family with kids where he finds his softness in heart. Film rather starts and moves bit slow but it just gives the total freedom for the viewer to wonder about.
The plot is unique and I'm sure I have not come across anything similar before. The landscapes are amazingly beautiful and the story line keeps you going.
DEEP BREATH. ONE SHOT.
I like Dafoes performance on this. And the sweet little kids. Visit flickshout. Start your free trial. Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet!
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