Kirby Dick's camera always seems to point where few others are pointing at a given time. Above all the insight that this film provides, its greatest attribute, in my opinion, is finally shedding light on the greatest lie ever perpetuated on colleges - fraternities. They are a haven for raping, hazing, mistreatment, and horrible cultist activity and this film really shows their almost inherent evilness.
PSA? Agitprop. It works. It agitates. Most of us know what is going on on university and college campuses. At least vaguely. It has long been in the air. And current events periodicals. Et cetera. You think you know. And maybe you do. But not the same way as you will after watching this well-sculpted screed. Faces. Inflections. Humiliated testimony. I was pissed off and sad. Which is not abnormal. But abnormally so.
In the US, higher education is driven exclusively by profit, not learning and sport is the only "subject" that matters. Male athletes who frequently rape female students are like white cops who regularly murder blacks: they benefit from some a perverse kind of immunity and omertà. I also recommend Ivory Tower (2014), another recent documentary about the horrifying state of higher education in Neoliberal America.
As an exploration of vital and complicated issues of contemporary culture The Hunting Ground is remarkable, as a film, however, it's prosaic, simplistic and a bit messy despite its overpolished approach. Still, an important piece of journalism and activistic cinema. That song, though, comes out of nowhere and is nothing but a distraction. Kudos for the Oscar nod, nonetheless.
Kirby Dicks portrait of a still going struggle on collage campuses where women are both victims of predators and the schools passiveness,is an absolutely necessary documentary but as Im sitting on the other side of the globe watching this film seems almost as fiction cos´it would never NOT being dealt with in my country neither by the police or schools.I hope this film helps the victims! 3.5 stars.
Blatant advocacy masquerading as important filmmaking that at times invents statistics to further its cause, & at other times glosses over key details from the accused's side that would drastically alter the audience's feelings about each case. While rape and unwanted sexual contact is a major issue on college campuses, this documentary does harm to the cause by wrongly trumping up cases through false information.