The Hunt (2020)

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Twelve strangers wake up in a clearing. They don't know where they are—or how they got there. In the shadow of a dark internet conspiracy theory, ruthless elitists gather at a remote location to hunt humans for sport. But their master plan is about to be derailed when one of the hunted turns the tables on her pursuers.

"The Hunt" is a 2020 American horror-thriller movie directed by Craig Zobel. Damon Lindelof and Nick Cuse wrote its screenplay, inspired in part by "The Most Dangerous Game", a 1924 narrative by Richard Connell. The film includes stars like Betty Gilpin, Ike Barinholtz, and Hilary Swank. The film revolves around twelve complete strangers who wake up in a cleaning with no idea of how they arrived and find they are being searched for sport.

The movie begins with a group of wealthy elites taking part in a conversation about their approaching annual "hunt" of "deplorables". Later, twelve complete strangers wake up in a forest cleaning with gags in their mouths. In the clearing, they discover a large cage of weapons, however as they attempt to arm themselves, they are methodically killed off.

Main Character's Rise
The character of Crystal, played by Betty Gilpin, soon emerges as the primary lead character. She is resourceful, smart, and remarkably proficient in combat, which she uses to avoid the hunters' efforts at eliminating her. Throughout her defend survival, she finds out that she and the others have been captured as part of a conspiracy by wealthy elites, who are hunting them for sport.

The Elite Manor
Crystal eventually discovers and challenges Athena, played by Hilary Swank, among the elites conducting the hunt. Athena's manor acts as the film's final battleground. Here, Crystal transforms from hunted to hunter, turning the tide of the video game and outmaneuvering the wealthy, socially detached phalanx behind the hunt.

Last Confrontation
In the last intense individually battle scene between Crystal and Athena, Crystal handles to eliminate Athena, thus ending the hunt. Despite being gravely injured, Crystal handles to endure. She eventually gets away the manor and the hunting premises by commandeering Athena's personal jet and declaring to the startled flight attendant that she's the one who "owns whatever".

"The Hunt" makes a political statement about the stress in between the left and the right however does so through an indistinct lens, avoiding obvious sides. The provocative plot keeps the audience guessing about the outcome, intensified by the characters' mysterious backgrounds and intentions. The movie effectively combines several categories, such as thriller, scary and satire. While the motion picture was marketed as a politically charged thriller, at its core, "The Hunt" is a survival story centered around a strong, smart lady who beats her oppressors. The film stirs a thought-provoking narrative about class warfare in a society deeply divided by ideologies and financial status. The film's brutality in its depiction of the hunt highlights styles of dehumanization and the predatory nature of elite power structures.

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