Sunday, January 16, 2011

Death Hunt (1981)

1st View
Format: Netflix WI
Venue: Rivendell (Bronsothon)

The Good: Death Hunt is an all-around marvelous piece of filmmaking. The story is simple, but elegant and the cinematography is breathtaking. The plot is essentially First Blood with Charles Bronson superseding Sylvester Stallone. It's a whirlwind of wilderness violence and epic chases. The cast is awe-inspiring in its badassitude. Bronson is joined by Lee Marvin, Carl Weathers, William Sanderson, Angie Dickinson, Ed Lauter, and--from 10 to Midnight--70s/80s cinematic gadfly Andrew Stevens. I loved nearly everything about this film.

The Bad: The only conceivable problem I can think of is that it takes a slight pacing dip about 2/3 of the way through, but it rebounds fairly spectacularly.

The Weird: Characters sporting 70s haircuts in a film set in the 1930s is a stylish anachronism.

Rating: 9/10 Atkins

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