The Hunting Party (R)

Action/Adventure 103 September 14, 2007
By Robert Wilonsky
Simon (Richard Gere) and Duck (Terrence Howard) are hot-shit reporters in the hot zone, drinking and carousing their way through the graveyards of countless war-torn countries. Like all war correspondents inhabiting satirical, cynical movies about their flak-jacketed ilk, they’re having a blast, till Simon cracks up during a live report from Bosnia. They go their separate ways, Duck to a cushy New York gig as cameraman, Simon to God knows where. They meet again in Bosnia on the fifth anniversary of reunification, and as the small talk turns to discussions of war crimes, Simon convinces his old pal Duck to join him on one last adventure: to find a Serbian war criminal hiding deep in the woods, where he now hunts animals instead of men. Also along for the ride is sweet, innocent tag-along Benjamin (Jesse Eisenberg), a network VP’s kid out to prove he’s more than just the sum of his pop’s paycheck. Like many of the best movies about war and its lingering echo, The Hunting Party is full of dark humor. Writer-director Richard Shepard, maker of 2005’s The Matador, is becoming a master at finding the right tone, balancing the seriousness of his characters’ purpose with the madness of their intentions. He’s also found his style — and it’s noisy and sentimental and crude and a total goddamned blast.
Richard Shepard Richard Gere, Terrence Howard, Diane Kruger, James Brolin, Jesse Eisenberg, Olja Hrustic, Goran Kostic, Mark Ivanir, Hélène Cardona, Lejla Hadzimuratovic Richard Shepard Bill Block The Weinstein Company/MGM

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