Jagten ( the hunt)

Director: Thomas Vinterberg

Writers: Tobias LindholmThomas Vinterberg

Stars: Mads MikkelsenThomas Bo LarsenAnnika Wedderkopp | See full cast and crew »

The Hunt (DanishJagten) is a 2012 Danish drama film directed by Thomas Vinterberg and starring Mads Mikkelsen. The story is set in a small Danish village around Christmas, and follows a man who becomes the target of mass hysteria after being wrongly accused of sexually assaulting a child.

Verdict: Don’t believe the Hype. This film lacked any kind of substance, The premise it was based on seemed incredulous, I thought kiddie fiddlers had kiddie porn on their computers? The accusations weren’t handled in an appropriate manner, People were bashing each other in public with no charges being laid for assault or animal cruelty.

To cut a long story short, The Hunt is a boring meaningless film which is not worth viewing let alone barely worth reviewing. Mads Mikkelsen won the Best Actor Award at the cannes film festival for his role in the  film,  possibly rightly so since he literally carried the whole film. He carried an entire film that had no credible storyline, terrible directing and a complete lack of suspense with his brilliant skills.

I adore Mads Mikkelsen which is why I watched the film in the first place but he seriously needs to team up with a credible director and team if he wants to make decent films as he has done in the past with Nicholas Winding Refn.

10 thumbs up to Mads and Ten thumbs down to this dreary nonsensical crap film which I wouldn’t recommend to my worst enemy.

3 out of 10.


7 thoughts on “Jagten ( the hunt)

  1. I don’t know if I agree with you on this, but I’m glad you’re taking a stand. I think what really hit me, and hit me hard with this story was that it felt it could happen to anyone, at any given time, and we would all respond the same way. Don’t know if maybe I’m just speaking out of my rear-end, but that’s at least what it seemed like to me. Good review.

      1. Well, if you heard somebody down the street from you touched a little girl that you knew, wouldn’t you be a little creeped out at first? And then, once you found out that there were so many facts to back it up, you’d be even more creeped out and wouldn’t even want to be around the guy?

    1. People generally follow the law, people that don’t follow the law are in most cases the minority. This film disturbed me because it seemed to be pointing towards the rights of adults over the rights of children. As if to say well an adults life has been ruined by a child’s lie. Vigilantism in a highly civilized society is rare. When the sex offender registry was introduced here a couple of years ago there were people moaning about how it would effect individuals rights and they used the same argument of vigilantism to try and justify why the register shouldn’t be made public. The register was introduced with safeguards two years ago and there hasn’t been one single case of vigilantism yet, and that is for convicted sex offenders, not accused sex offenders. This is why I can’t take this film seriously it makes a preposterous claim, and when all is said and done, if the hillbillies from the boonies in the film are really so uncivilized and violent why would you want to live around them anyway? I would sure as hell move to somewhere more civilized that treats complaints seriously and follows strict procedures. Not to mention the fact that the assailants should have been charged with assault and the school could be liable for their handling of the case.

      After all that the thing that bugs me the most is that children are almost the last to be given any rights, they can’t vote and are vulnerable human beings. Recent advances in the last 20-30 years have granted them a voice which should always be heard. In the film the claims were found to be false but that is no reason to deny a child their voice in the first instance. The law is there for a reason and in my opinion should have been followed, but for some reason the director saw fit to make sure the only police interference in the film happened when the accused pedo was brought in for questioning. Nonsensical rubbish that spreads a dangerous message in my opinion.

  2. Interesting, you’re not the first person who says the film wasn’t very credible. To me it was however (maybe it speaks more to Europeans?). I felt it and was completely taken by it. It got very emotional and intense. Maybe it’s Mads, but it was one of my favorites last year.

    1. Thanks for your comment, I can tell that the film is beloved by many, I just didn’t like it and saw straight through it. I didn’t like Cache either, I was bored to death the whole time watching it although afterwards I found the plot to be ingenious., the suspense throughout the film was clearly lacking.

      I have many gripes about jagten, the main one being that other crimes carried out throughout the film weren’t prosecuted. The school mishandled the inquiry and left themselves open to litigation, particularly in the case of slander against the accused towards his family.

      We have a sex offender register here, but it is for convicted criminals not people accused of such crimes.

      The main gripe I have against the film is that when he was cleared of all charges the community persisted to persecute him. I believe that this film has a sinister motive, children should be protected and to create anti reporting propaganda such as this is not only irresponsible but disgusting considering that in the last 20 years this issue has been moved to the forefront and children should be heard and taken seriously. This is why there are proper procedures that are to be followed when these matters arise.

      1. I understand what you mean. But the way I see it this film is typically “scandinavian” and they like to submerse things and do controversial stuff. Like say what if this good thing (kids being taken seriously) can also turn into something bad (when a kid is lying). I can relate because as a kid I also lied to my parents (nothing crazy), but I made them believe stuff that worried them and lost their trust as a result when they found out the truth.

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