HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE [DVD]


Generous Beth Fedyn sent me this copy of Hunt for the Wilderpeople. It’s a hoot! As far as I know, this movie never showed up in Western New York in 2016. Now, it’s on DVD so it many get more attention (and access). Hunt for the Wilderpeople is basically a two-actor show: Julian Dennison plays a troubled teenager named Ricky in New Zealand and Sam Neill plays a grumpy old man who attempts to take care of Ricky. Because of events too incredible to describe, Sam and Ricky are on the run in the wilds of New Zealand (fabulous scenery!) while most of the law enforcement of the country is chasing them.

This movie could have been a disaster if the actor who was cast as Ricky was a dud. Julian Dennison is perfect as a kid with problems. Sam Neill has chemistry with the kid despite his crankiness. Fun and funny! GRADE: B+

13 thoughts on “HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE [DVD]

  1. Steve Oerkfitz

    Saw this about 4 months ago and liked it. Sam Neill is a unappreciated actor, turning in good solid performances for 30 or so years.

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  2. Maggie mason

    Beth sent me one for my birthday, but I’ve yet to watch it. I will do so soon. After reading your review, I have a vague feeling I did hear about it.

    When I was at Bristol UK for Left Coast Crime some years ago, Sam Neill was staying at the hotel. He wasn’t too friendly as I recall. I think he was getting on an elevator as I was getting off and didn’t make eye contact. He’s a good actor, so I look forward to this.

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  3. Jeff Meyerson

    OK, I have a $1.25 Redbox credit and was able to hold it at my local place – it will cost us a quarter. Good deal.

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  4. Jeff Meyerson

    Neill: SLEEPING DOGS
    MY BRILLIANT CAREER
    ATTACK FORCE Z

    Those were nearly 40 years ago. I used to watch all the Australian and New Zealand movies I could find.

    In 1983 he made his first real splash here, I’d say, starring as the title character in REILLY: ACE OF SPIES on PBS.

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  5. Jeff Meyerson

    We watched this last night and really enjoyed it. The kid was great. This is exactly the kind of small, goofy movie that Jackie loves.

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