review by Bobby Blakey
While he has gotten more attention for playing Superman in the DCU, Henry Cavill has taken on a variety of roles in his career. He was great in both The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and Mission Impossible: Fallout so I look forward to seeing more in this vein if possible. Now he is teaming up with a great cast including Ben Kingsley, Alexandra Daddario and Stanley Tucci for Night Hunter.
Night Hunter follows police detective Marshall and local vigilante Cooper who arrest a serial killer targeting women, but they discover his game has just begun. The hunt is on as the murderer masterminds a series of deadly attacks from behind bars. Now in a desperate race against time, Marshall and Cooper fight to stay one step ahead of their suspect’s deadly plan. I love a good crime thriller and the cast here so was hoping for something that really stood out, but instead what I got was something that kind of all over the place.
The cast are all great, but it seemed like they were trying to set up so many different stories that they never got to fully develop anything. Even when they start to unearth the mysteries to the crimes with varying new twists it never fully allows you to get invested before going somewhere else. What does work here is really good and kept me interested, but it just never fully kept its pace. Kingsley had an interesting role and could have really been the part that takes it to a bad ass revenge flick, but feels a bit weak as the truth comes out. I liked seeing Cavill in something different and he plays up the angry morose cop good, but just isn’t given all that much to do.
In the end there is a big twist that is kind of a surprise, but will have some figuring it out pretty easily and if you do takes all the winds out of its impact. For a rental it’s not a bad movie, but was hoping for more. Decide for yourself and check out Night Hunter available now on Blu-ray and DVD.