A waste of 90 minutes of my life
A different way of telling a story
While this action thriller is far from the worst of its kind that I've seen, it is ultimately a forgettable viewing experience. It's kind of hard to figure out why it doesn't work, because it gets a few elements right. The acting is decent, the production values are pretty good, and the European backdrop does give the movie a little freshness. One problem is that the story itself is really nothing new - you will have seen the same basic plot in other movies before, including its various twists and turns. The characters are also nothing terribly new, and the lead character is a kind of bland figure who doesn't open up that much and show what he is thinking or feeling. There also isn't a lot of action, and while the few action moments do have some genuine energy, they are often directed and edited in a somewhat confusing manner. I would only recommend this movie to the few people who have not seen this basic formula before... but even then those viewers might have some of the same issues that I had.
Luigi Di Pilla
If you have nothing to do and you want to spend an entertaining moment this could work. The story begins guessing what will happen next and it offers to the audience suspense too . The revenge plan from the daughter is well developed and the scenarios are well chosen. There are many action and combat scenes that makes The Hunter's Prayer a fast paced thriller. My wife gave 7 and me 6 out of 10 = 6.5/10.
Lucas (Sam Worthington) is an Assassin hired to kill Ella (Odeya Rush) whose father stole money from employer Richard Addison (Allen Leech). Problem is Lucas cannot do it. Now he and Ella are on the run from other Assassins trying to get the job done, which now also includes Lucas. This can't be good.This is a surprisingly good thriller. We see that Addison has Lucas' family in his gun sights to insure Lucas does the job. Lucas knows this but still cannot kill Ella. Ella learns to trust Lucas until she learns that Lucas's job is to kill her. Lucas forces Ella to keep running from those out to kill them both. There is a good car chase and shootouts all over the place. Added to all this we discover that Lucas is a Junkie and begins to reflect on his life when Ella asks him his name and, "are you a diabetic?"Since the money Ella's father stole went into Ella's slush fund at school we see that Ella needs to be kept alive as only she knows the password to get into that account, but apparently the other Assassins weren't given that word yet. We like the bonding between Lucas and Ella and wish there were more dialogues between them.Notable: Amy Landecker as Banks, an FBI agent on Richard Addison's payroll. All in all a good thriller, predictable yes, but we knew this going in, right? It's the telling of the story that holds us. See? (7/10)Violence: Yes. Sex: No. Nudity: Not really when Lucas has his pants down to give himself a shot. Language: Yes, mostly in the beginning then it falls off.
We've seen similar themes many times over in movies through the years. Here Sam Worthington portrays Lucas, a hired assassin and drug addict who can't bring himself to kill his next assignment, who's the 16-year-old Ella, played by Odeya Rush. Of course, this makes the man who hired Lucas (Allen Leech) very unhappy and so Lucas and Ella must try and escape through Europe from those killers who want to eliminate them.There's plenty of wooden dialogue and formulaic plot elements here. However on the positive side I was interested enough in the film to want to see how it would all turn out, and it does present its viewers with quite the poignant ending.Overall, nothing really new here for this genre, but the pacing kept me engaged throughout.