Movie Review - The Hunt (Jagten)
Deer hunting is a good metaphor, but this movie is more of a version of Arthur Miller's The Crucible or Nathaniel Hawthorne's Scarlet Letter where in place of a woman, Lucas, played by Mads Mikkelsen, is the object of disgust or shame, except he didn't actually do anything wrong. Basically, the Danish townspeople wrongly persecute Lucas and Lucas is just devastated with their bigotry, hatred and discrimination.
The movie is like an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit without the police procedural aspects. Throughout the movie, I kept asking for those aspects because the crime of child sexual abuse is a matter for the police. Without the police stuff, there is an air of ignorance and a lot of needed questions in the legal process are left unanswered, which make the film too frustrating. This might in fact be the point and if so Mikkelsen performs that frustration and subsequent bitterness with brilliance. I merely required more.
Three Stars out of Five.
Rated R for sexual content including a graphic image, violence and language.
Running Time: 1 hr. and 55 mins.