Alice Oscura, Featured Writer
Plot: Detective Walter Marshall, the entire police force, and a vigilante are caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse with a mentally disturbed man who is arrested for his connection to several female abductions. Night Hunter is a Canadian psychological thriller directed and written by British-born David Raymond.
Review: This one is already a couple years old, but surprisingly it didn’t come across my movie radar until last week. The story surrounds the mystery involved in the disappearances and abductions of several female victims over the years hinting at a serial killer. The film gives you a slight Silence of the Lambs meets Se7en and Zodiac kind of atmosphere.
It is a low budget thriller that is equal parts engaging and disturbing with some cool twists. Henry Cavill (the DCEU’s Superman) stars as Detective Walter Marshall, a stern, gloomy man who seemed to have seen too much of the dark side of humanity due to his job. Actress Alexandra Daddario (True Detective, Lost Girls and Love Hotels) plays police profiler Rachel Chase, but unfortunately apart from one or two particularly intense scenes, she comes across a bit like window dressing and an excuse to give Cavill’s character a love interest.
The supporting cast of characters make some unethical decisions during the film which they eventually pay the price for. On the flip side of the coin, the back story for former-judge-turned-vigilante Michael Cooper, played by veteran actor Ben Kingsley, seemed slightly undeveloped and can leave the audience a bit in the dark as to his connection and purpose to the plot.
However, the one whose performance really stands out here is actor Brendan Fletcher (Freddy vs. Jason, The Revenant) as Simon Stulls. You weren’t quite sure if he was a criminal mastermind that was an expert at manipulation or if he was the one that was being manipulated by someone else. His performance gave the story the foundation that it needed to create the air of mystery and darkness suitable enough to psychologically whammy the audience until the last act of the film.
The disappointing aspect of not taking the time to develop the backstories of the lead characters is what stopped this movie from receiving a higher score from me. But it was an interesting and entertaining way to pass the time.
Alice’s Score: 6 out of 10
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