Posted: 11/01/2010

 

Hunt to Kill

(2010)

by Jef Burnham



Coming to Blu-ray and DVD on November 9, 2010 from Anchor Bay Entertainment.


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Hunt to Kill is a decent little action movie that delivers in pretty much every way you’d expect a Steve Austin vehicle would. Austin plays a Border Patrol Agent forced to aid a gang of thieves who have taken his daughter hostage in retrieving their stolen loot from the densely wooded mountains of Montana. It’s not a bad setup, and the villains themselves are surprisingly well developed, even before they ever become involved with our protagonist.

Starring opposite Austin is Gil Bellows (The Shawshank Redemption), along with Gary Daniels and Eric Roberts (whose role is tragically small), both of whom costarred with Austin in Sylvester Stallone’s The Expendables earlier this year. Surprisingly, I found Hunt to Kill more effective than The Expendables in many ways, not the least of which being its utilization of the available talent. The storyline is assuredly no better, but at least the scope is smaller, allowing for the relationship between the protagonists and antagonists to be more thoroughly explored.

The two major problems I have with the film (bearing in mind first of all that it is a straight-to-video action movie) are that 1) I’m just not sold on Austin as an actor, and 2) the wooded setting is so beautiful, so surrealistically striking that it often upstages the action. Still, the acting is of a generally high caliber and you can tell in the performances that the actors thoroughly enjoyed working with one another— an assumption corroborated by the actors themselves in the behind-the-scenes featurette included on both the HD and SD release.

Also included is an audio commentary with director Keoni Waxman and actor Michael Eklund.

Jef Burnham is a writer and educator living in Chicago, Illinois. While waging war on mankind from a glass booth in the parking lot of a grocery store, Jef managed to earn a degree in Film & Video from Columbia College Chicago, and is now the Editor-in-Chief of FilmMonthly.com.



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