Controversial Satire Film ‘The Hunt’ Finally Premieres in Theaters March 13
Criticized by news outlets and the president for its violence and political themes, The Hunt was due to hit theaters last September but will now arrive on March 13.
The film is about a group of globalist elites who pay large amounts of money to hunt people for sport. Their game gets turned on its head when the hunted become the hunters. Along with its unnerving portrayal of gun violence, its plot is overtly political: the “hunted” are a group of individuals who have posted right-wing views online.
Directed by Craig Zobel and starring Oscar-winner Hilary Swank, the film’s release was canceled by its studio, Universal, following the shooting massacres in Ohio and Texas in August that killed 31 people and wounded dozens of others.
The Hunt was also criticized by politically conservative Fox News and Fox Business, which called the premise “sick and twisted”.
President Donald Trump condemned the film in a tweet: “Liberal Hollywood is Racist at the highest level, and with great Anger and Hate! They like to call themselves ‘Elite,’ but they are not Elite. In fact, it is often the people that they so strongly oppose that are actually the Elite. The movie coming out is made in order to inflame and cause chaos. They create their own violence, and then try to blame others. They are the true Racists, and are very bad for our Country!”
However, producer Jason Blum said the film does not take sides politically, and that the violence was no worse than in other recent blockbuster films such as The Joker. He also disclosed that there was no pushback from Universal about the graphic violence and political themes.
“The Hunt” is a “timely and provocative new satirical thriller that has already ignited a national conversation,” Universal said in a statement. “Now, it’s time to decide for yourself.”
Also, according to Blum, a test screening occurred just a couple of days after the shootings last year and the audience did not draw any connection to the tragedies.
It is understandable that the film’s premise was attacked by conservative observers for its depiction of targeting “right-wingers” with violence. However, the very premise of the movie points to the opposite direction as well: the “hunted” (i.e. right wingers) turn on their hunters and fight back. Therefore, it doesn’t sound as though the (liberals) in the film are entirely victorious. Then again, the connotations of using violence to resolve differences (used by both sides in the movie) is telling. If that’s the case, both sides are guilty, right? Is this what the moviemakers were aiming for?
You can find out for yourself when the movie premieres in theaters this week on March 13. It’s rated R.