The Hunters (2011)
War Veteran Le Saint (Chris Briant) has just joined the police force and his first assignment is too look after a prime witness to a murder case for a couple of days. Trying to convince the police Chief Bernard (Terence Knox) that the place to stay at is an abandoned fort named Groben, Le Saint is told to stay away from Fort Groben. After the hotel that he was supposed to stay at is compromised, Le Saint ignores the order of his police chief and goes to Fort Groben. It’s there that he meets a group of hunters that have no interest in hunting small game.
Director Chris Briant does any amazing job as a first time actor/director. The film is full of suspenseful moments that have you on the edge of your seats while the pacing is spot on, the movie never drags. The atmosphere that the film creates adds to the tense as Le Saint is trapped inside the fort surrounded by forest knowing that he's not that far away from civilization but can’t get out. The acting is top notch as Christ Briant does his part at portraying a troubled Iraq war vet that is just trying to get on with his life.
The movie is hard hitting and tends to get creepy at some points. The only bad thing that I can say is that the addition of two teenagers doesn’t really add much to the story other than a way out. They don’t drag the movie down but they don’t add anything to it either.
Overall the movie is a great little thriller that holds on to your attention until the credits roll. The film doesn’t break any new ground and isn’t all that original but that doesn’t mean that this is a bad movie or that it shouldn’t be seen. If you like suspense thrillers I suggest watching this movie, 3 out of 5.
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