''The Hunter'' is a 2011 Australian film starring Creator/WillemDafoe. Dafoe plays Martin David, an agent of a mysterious organisation known as Red Leaf. He has been sent to Tasmania to illegally hunt down the last remaining Tasmanian tiger, intending to collect DNA samples, due to the alleged properties of the tiger's venom.
Along the way, he stays with a strange family, consisting of two children, Sass and Bike, and their mother, Lucy, who appears to be asleep most of the time. Their father, Jarrah, disappeared in the forest several months before. They are cared for by a family friend, Jack Mindy (Creator/SamNeill), who also offers to guide Martin around the forest.
Martin poses as a scientist looking to research the Tasmanian devil. He spends much of the film in the [[SceneryPorn Tasmanian wilderness]] laying traps for the elusive creature. However, things get ugly when the local townsfolk begin to suspect that he's up to something...
!!This film provides examples of:
* AlasPoorYorick:[[spoiler: Martin finds Jarrah's remains and holds the skull like this.]]
* AntiHero: Martin is a pragmatic antihero.
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Tasmanian tigers likely did not have "toxins" in their saliva that would be useful to anyone. It could be HandWaved that we don't know everything about Tasmanian tigers simply because they weren't studied enough while they were alive. Whether or not certain animals are venomous (lorises, Komodo dragons, etc.) is also actually a common point of contention in the toxicology sphere.
* AvoidTheDreadedGRating: While the hunting scenes are grueling the film would probably be a pretty safe PG-13 if it wasn't for a liberal sprinkling of F words.
* BadGuyBar: The bar that Martin finds is full of loggers who aren't big fans of "greenies" and they give Martin a hard time thinking he's a scientist. [[spoiler: Downplayed in the end as the loggers aren't really that bad. The worst thing they do is shoot into the air to intimidate people.]]
* BearTrap: Martin sets many of these to catch the Tasmanian tiger.
* ChekhovsGun: Jarrah's metal water bottle, the steel traps.
** Martin leaving his coordinates with the family whenever he goes out.
* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler: The second man that sits in on the meeting Martin has with the employer comes back in the third act to forcibly finish Martin's job.]]
* ClusterFBomb: Done casually by an ''eight year old girl'':
-->'''Sass''': Dad says the fucking fucker's fucked!
* CuteMute: Bike never speaks throughout the entire film.
* GreenAesop: A part of Martin's main character arc. [[spoiler: As Martin gets closer to the family he also begins to empathize with the environment and distance himself from his mission. When he does eventually kill the tiger it is not to complete his mission but to prevent Red Leaf from getting their hands on it. ]]
* HeelFaceTurn: Martin, arguably, as he begins to care more for the family he is staying with than his mission [[spoiler: and then betrays the organization he works for.]]
* InfantImmortality: [[spoiler:''Heartbreakingly'' averted.]]
* LastOfHisKind: The Tasmanian Tiger, allegedly.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: The look on Martin's face [[spoiler: right after he shoots the tiger.]]
* NeverFoundTheBody: Jarrah. [[spoiler: Subverted when Martin does eventually find his remains.]]
* RuleOfSymbolism: The company that hires Martin is called Red Leaf. Red as in blood. Leaf being a symbol for nature.
* SceneryPorn: The Tasmanian wilderness provides plenty.
* [[spoiler: [[ShootTheDog Shoot the Tiger]] ]].
* ShownTheirWork: At one point Jack asks Martin if the Tasmanian devils he saw were healthy. This is likely a reference to the real life devil facial tumour disease (DFTD) that is running rampant in wild devil populations.
* SnowMeansDeath: While it is clearly getting colder beforehand, [[spoiler: it doesn't start snowing until Martin's confrontation with (and subsequent shooting of) the Red Leaf agent. The snow continues during Martin's final hunt and killing of the tiger.]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: It's never explained [[spoiler: who damaged Martin's trap or who set up the camera trap.]]