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The Hunt 2020

2020-03-29 07:12:58
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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, Crystal, turns the tables on her pursuers.
The Hunt is a 2020 American film, variously described as a horror, satire, or thriller,[a] directed by Craig Zobel and written by Nick Cuse and Damon Lindelof. The film stars Betty Gilpin, Ike Barinholtz, Amy Madigan, Emma Roberts, Ethan Suplee and Hilary Swank. Jason Blum serves as a producer under his Blumhouse Productions banner, along with Lindelof.[3] Both Zobel and Lindelof have said that the film serves as a satire on the profound political divide between the American left and right.[4]

The film was originally scheduled for release on September 27, 2019. However, following the Dayton and El Paso mass shootings in early August 2019, Universal Pictures decided to delay the release of the film.

The Hunt was theatrically released in the United States on March 13, 2020. It received mixed reviews from critics and grossed $6 million. Due to the 201920 coronavirus pandemic closing theatres around the globe, Universal made the film available digitally just a week after its theatrical release.

In a group text, a woman named Athena celebrates an upcoming hunt of "deplorables." Later, on Athena's private jet, she kills a man who staggers out from the cargo hold.

Eleven captives wake up gagged in a forest. In a clearing, they find a cache of weapons and keys to their gags, but upon retrieving them, five are killed by an unseen enemy, and three escape over a barbed-wire fence to a gas station. The station's owners, an elderly couple, identify their location as Arkansas. The three escapees, each kidnapped from a different part of the United States, realize their situation's similarity to the conspiracy theory "Manorgate". The couple reveal themselves as among the captors and kill all three.

A captive named Crystal arrives at the gas station and, noticing that the station's cigarettes are too expensive for Arkansas, kills the couple with a gun from under the counter. A truck outside hides Croatian number plates under false Arkansas plates. Crystal and another captive, a conspiracy theorist podcaster named Gary, board a train car full of refugees, whom Gary believes to be crisis actors; the train is raided by Croatian soldiers. When Gary tries to convince the soldiers of Manorgate and the refugees' perfidy, a refugee admits to Gary that he and only he is an actor, but says the raid was not planned for, and offers a headstart for Gary's cooperation. Gary uses a grenade the actor had hidden to kill him, and Crystal is taken to a refugee camp.

Crystal meets another escaped prisoner named Don at the camp, and an American envoy arrives to take them to the embassy. As the envoy tries to make Don admit wrongdoing, Crystal kicks the envoy out of the car and runs him down, and she and Don find Gary's body in the trunk with a map. Crystal tells Don the story of "the Jackrabbit and the Box Turtle," a version of The Tortoise and the Hare in which the Jackrabbit kills the Box Turtle after losing. At the envoy's intended destination, Crystal kills the hunters she finds and wounds their consultant Sgt. Dale. Athena calls out to Don via radio, asking if he killed Crystal. When Don refuses to disarm, Crystal kills him. Crystal aggravates Sgt. Dale's wounds to get Athena's location and after telling him, a National Guardsman, that she fought in Afghanistan, kills him.

A flashback reveals that Athena's text exchange had been a joke based on the preexisting conspiracy theory, which cost her and others lucrative jobs. In revenge, they gather up believers in Manorgate, rating them based on suitability. Despite Crystal's low rating, Athena takes her insults personally and insists on her. When Crystal confronts Athena, Athena mocks Crystal's personal history, and Crystal realizes Athena had meant to kidnap a woman with a similar name. Crystal and Athena impale one another on the two blades of a food processor; Athena dies, but Crystal gets a second wind upon seeing a jackrabbit and escapes on Athena's jet.

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