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Fantasia Festival Review: ‘Hunted’

August 23, 2020Ben MK

In nature there are two types of creatures — predator and prey. But while humans are generally spared from participating in the same vicious circle of life as our four-legged, furry and scaled brethren, that doesn't mean those same primitive instincts aren't lurking deep down within.

Take Eve (Lucie Debay), for example. A single woman in her 30s, all she wants is to unwind with some drinking and dancing after a long day at work. But when she meets a seemingly charming man (Arieh Worthalter) at a club, her night takes a terrifying turn. Kidnapped and forced into the trunk of a car by the man and his accomplice (Ciaran O'Brien), her only chance at escaping comes after the car collides with a wild boar standing in the middle of the road. Eve's freedom is short-lived, however, for that is only the beginning of her ordeal — and if she's to survive the next several hours, she'll have to summon all her strength in order to turn the tables on her pursuers.

Plotwise, there's little else to to be said about Persepolis director Vincent Paronnaud's latest. Make no mistake, though, for what Hunted lacks in story it more than makes up for with some bloody good thrills, as it examines the relationship between predator and prey through the lens of the #MeToo movement.

Hunted makes its world premiere at the 2020 Fantasia International Film Festival. Its runtime is 1 hr. 27 min.

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