I love it when the Australian landscape is captured like this. Epic, natural and magnificent. So many Aussie films are set in our unique wilderness but few of them actually observe it. The Hunter presents its story with the environment itself as a crucial character. A few Aussie films which have done this successfully were Van Diemen's Land, In The Winter Dark and Picnic At Hanging Rock. Willem Dafoe plays a scientist who is sent to Tasmania on a secret assignment by an unknown corporation to find a Tasmanian Tiger. His mission brings him to a small community populated by loggers and hippies. This makes for a hostile environment. The film divides its time between Dafoe in the bush and then back at his lodgings where he is staying with a mother and her two children. The father went missing in the mountains a year ago and Dafoe's character develops a bond with this broken family. The film develops into a mystery with various agendas and subtexts leaking into the story but I won't venture into a spoiler for you. Dafoe is great and the cinematography is breathtaking. I did, however, have a few problems with The Hunter. The story could have been fleshed out a lot more. There are so many details that were only briefly skimmed over and I would have liked a lot more detail. The locals, the farmer, the missing father... all things that could have been explored more and given the film a greater strength. I'd pay to see an extended version, for sure!! But as it is, this is still a great film. Hopefully a lot of people see it.