Blu-ray Review: NIGHT HUNTER

NIGHT HUNTER was written and directed by David Raymond and stars Henry Cavill, Ben Kingsley, Alexandra Daddario, Stanley Tucci, Brendan Fletcher, Eliana Jones, Dylan Penn, Minka Kelly and Nathan Fillion.

When police detective Marshall (Henry Cavill) and local vigilante Cooper (Ben Kingsley) arrest a serial killer targeting women, 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. Also starring Alexandra Daddario and Stanley Tucci, NIGHT HUNTER is an action-packed thriller that will shock you at every turn.

The story for this intense psychological thriller centers around Detective Walter Marshall (Henry Cavill) who’s assigned to a complex new case with Criminal Profiler Rachel Chase (Alexandra Daddario) by Commissioner Harper (Stanley Tucci). There’s a serial killer in the area who’s murdering young women so Walter and Rachel are tasked with catching the mysterious figure. The thing is, there’s Michael Cooper (Ben Kingsley), a former judge and his “assistant” Lara (Eliana Jones) who’ve become vigilantes and are luring in sexual predators and taking the law into their own twisted hands. Even though Walter and Michael are on the opposite sides of the law, they do have a common goal so they decide to try and work together on the case.

What happens is, the police finally have a suspect in custody when they bring in Simon Stulls (Brendan Fletcher) who appears to be mentally disabled and completely incapable of committing these unspeakable crimes. The thing is, even more people are dying while Simon is in custody so if he’s in locked up then who’s killing these people? The shocking answer finally presents itself as a few more people close to this case are murdered in cold blood plus Rachel ends up getting abducted. It’s a race against time for Walter to track down this mysterious predator with a twist so he can save Rachel and stop this maniac from murdering anybody else.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and specs. The Blu-ray disc is light blue and features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Night Hunter ended up being a well executed psychological thriller in the same vein as fan favorites like Seven and Gone Girl. This one doesn’t get as graphic as its predecessors but it’s full of suspense and it does come with a big twist as everything plays out. The story was interesting and I thought the cast did a great job with their characters. Henry Cavill delivers a command performance as this tough detective and proves he doesn’t need that famous “S” and cape to lead a cast. Brendan Fletcher also delivers a strong performance and you’ll see why when you watch the movie. David Raymond did a really good job telling his story and bringing this intense psychological thriller to life on screen. Night Hunter is now available on Blu-ray (plus Digital) and is worth checking out.

Distributor: Paramount Home Entertainment

Run Time: 99 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: English, English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: The NIGHT HUNTER Blu-ray includes access to a Digital copy of the film.

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