Reminded me of Coppola's The Conversation in it's dismantling of a macho fantasy job (in that film: spying, this one: hunting). Like that film, it shows these jobs are in reality more often than not probably done by quiet, intelligent control freaks, not alpha male types and there is more quiet to the work than boys fantisize doing. Dafoe's performance is very good.
Dafoe is great. The movie ok. Some beautiful landscape shots, but all of the different story elements didn't really work together. Man vs. nature, a broken family, corporate crimes... the film lacks focus. The little girl is one of the most charming child actors I've seen in a while, though.
Beautiful and tense; what could have been a standard thriller turned out to be a gorgeous study of isolation and morality. In the midst of the Tasmanian wilderness, Daniel Nettheim shows us a very conflicted man in a very unusual predicament. Should one man complete his task and allow one creature's mystery to die, or, should he fail and know he preserved the mysticism?
It takes an awful lot of time to feel something about these characters, and it's probably due to script issues and the meditative scope of the film being butchered by the unfitting, rather quick and all too linear editing style, but this imperfect gem of a movie has Dafoe in a wonderfully restrained performance and a cinematography you could easily lose yourself in.
A pretty flawed but forgivable little film that sees Dafoe on the hunt for the last remaining Tasmanian tiger. Good cinematography and the performances are decent but the script and plot needed another draft at the base level to iron out the plausibility issues. 3 stars
This film really impressed me. Mostly because of its superb photography direction and authentic character portrayals. However, unnecessary interjections forced the film back to plot toward the end and things fell apart. This felt a lot like a standard development rewrite after some idiot agent read the script. The photography is jaw-dropping. Incredible dynamic range in every shot and beautiful color correction.
I quite enjoyed this slow-paced drama even though it wasn't the survival movie I was hoping for. However, I enjoyed Willem Dafoe's performance and his evolving interactions with the central family but wasn't entirely convinced by, or interested in, his hunting mission.