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, theyre 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 VPs kid out to prove hes more than just the sum of his pops 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 2005s The Matador, is becoming a master at finding the right tone, balancing the seriousness of his characters purpose with the madness of their intentions. Hes also found his style and its noisy and sentimental and crude and a total goddamned blast.
Richard ShepardRichard Gere, Terrence Howard, Diane Kruger, James Brolin, Jesse Eisenberg, Olja Hrustic, Goran Kostic, Mark Ivanir, Hélène Cardona, Lejla HadzimuratovicRichard ShepardBill BlockThe Weinstein Company/MGM