In the tradition of The Three Kings, The Hunting Party takes a satiric look at post-war opportunists. In this case, washed-up foreign correspondent Simon (Richard Gere, last seen in The Hoax) teams up with hotshot cameraman Duck (Terrence Howard, fresh off The Brave One), and rookie reporter Benjamin (Jesse Eisenberg, The Squid and the Whale) to catch a war criminal. Like an all-male A Star Is Born, Hunt and Duck enjoyed a successful partnership before the horrors of Bosnia reduced the former to self-parody (he suffered a breakdown). By chance, they meet up again in Sarajevo five years later. This time, Duck is joined by Benjamin, a recent Harvard grad eager for action. Hunt convinces them to help him track down "The Fox" (Ljubomir Kerekes), so named for his love of small-game hunting. It isn't just the thrill of the chase that fuels their mission... but the $5 million bounty. Naturally, things go terribly awry. Based on the Esquire article "What I Did on My Summer Vacation," The Hunting Party was written and directed by The Matador's Richard Shepard. As he makes clear in the opening title, the parts that seem the most preposterous hue closest to the facts. At the end, another title sequence clarifies the distinction (Diane Kruger's informant, for instance, was actually a man). If the film is rarely as funny as intended, it's worth a look for the charismatic turns by Howard and Gere. Eisenberg and James Brolin, as an acerbic anchorman, provide quick-witted support. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
Inspired by true events, The Hunting Party stars Richard Gere and Terrence Howard as vacationing journalists who try to track down a missing war criminal in one of Eastern Europe’s deadliest regions. What begins as an impulsive reporting adventure immediately turns dangerous, as hostile locals, shady underworld figures and a case of mistaken identity puts them squarely in their target’s crosshairs. Amid the bullets and bombs, they discover that getting the scoop is one thing – getting out alive is something else entirely.
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