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The Hunting Party (2007)

Cast: Robert Stunkovic, Petar Bencic, Toni Bobeta, more...
Director: Richard Shepard, Richard Shepard
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Studio: Weinstein Company
Genre: Drama, Suspense/Thriller, Political Thriller
Running Time: 101 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: Spanish
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An emerging journalist (Jesse Eisenberg), an experienced cameraman (Terrence Howard), and a discredited reporter (Richard Gere) find their bold plan to capture Bosnia's top war criminal quickly spiraling out of control when their target mistakes them for a CIA hit squad and decides to have them eliminated in a light-hearted thriller inspired by Scott Anderson's popular Esquire article. The Weinstein Company provides stateside distribution for a film written and directed by Richard Shepard (The Matador). ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

One of the Better in a Batch of "Bosniana" by talltale January 29, 2008 - 11:16 AM PST
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
Anyone who appreciated Richard Shepard's crack comedy/drama/philosophical humdinger "The Matador" should queue up for his new one THE HUNTING PARTY. While not quite as good as that earlier film, it nonetheless offers Shepard's quick pacing, smart writing, clever/timely subject matter and his ability to feret good performances from a smart cast. The major problem here (don't worry: it's not a deal-breaker) is the subject matter: the Bosnian war and a particularly noxious mass murderer.

While it was relatively easy to derive fun from the idea of the generic "hit man" hero in The Matador," we simply know too many specifics and have seen too much of the horrors and atrocities of Bosnia and Croatia to roll as easily with Shepard's light tone, humor and sense of adventure. (In a sense, the one extremely dark scene of Gere and his girlfriend blows everything else in the film off the radar.) Still, Shepard and his fine cast (Gere, Terence Howard, Jesse Eisenberg and Diane Kruger) keep us going, and the tale's ending--apocryphal as it may be--is richly satisfying in its sense of justice and irony.

GreenCine Member Rating

(Average 6.57)
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