Well, I HAD hoped that the amazing Betty Gilpin would get a big breakout moment, but it looks like those hopes have been dashed.
The trailer for "The Hunt" dropped on the same day as the latest round of mass shootings happened in the U.S. Even the website was replaced with this statement:
UNIVERSAL PICTURES STATEMENT
WHILE UNIVERSAL PICTURES HAD ALREADY PAUSED THE MARKETING CAMPAIGN FOR THE HUNT, AFTER THOUGHTFUL CONSIDERATION, THE STUDIO HAS DECIDED TO CANCEL OUR PLANS TO RELEASE THE FILM. WE STAND BY OUR FILMMAKERS AND WILL CONTINUE TO DISTRIBUTE FILMS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH BOLD AND VISIONARY CREATORS, LIKE THOSE ASSOCIATED WITH THIS SATIRICAL SOCIAL THRILLER, BUT WE UNDERSTAND THAT NOW IS NOT THE RIGHT TIME TO RELEASE THIS FILM.
Okay, I indulged the idiot YouTube commenters for a moment, but myself, I can separate fantasy from reality. This is not a story about indiscriminate mass killings, but a story about elite assholes taking their status a little too far. In fact, this story and the many, many before it, (including variations like Hostel) all owe a nod to the 1924 (that's NINETEEN TWENTY-FOUR) short story called "The Most Dangerous Game". Blaming "the media" or movies and t.v. for violence is nonsense. None of us make a serious attempt to do anything we see at the movies (I've never learned even one Bollywood dance).
Let's get back to Gilpin though. If you recognize that face, I'm about to hook you up. That's Liberty Belle from the Netflix series "Glow". She was also apparently a standout character on the show "Nurse Jackie" which I did not get the please of checking out. The Hunt would have put here up against Academy Award winner Hillary Swank with Emma Roberts as a pal.
Friends, movies have to have good guys and bad guys. The bad guys have been every ethnicity, sex and sexual orientation at this point and the "rich assholes" trope is well worn by now. It's a movie. Anywhoo, in case you are wondering what I'm on about, here's the trailer for "The Hunt"