Monster Hunter Movie Adaptation
Release Date, Cast, Plot, Review, Opinions
Capcom has developed and published Monster Hunter games since its PlayStation 2 debut back in 2004.
The fantasy-themed action role-playing series has sold over 72 million units across all titles by December 2020. Meaning, it’s Capcom’s second highest-selling series.
What is it all about? You, the player, take the role of a Hunter that slays large “Monsters” found in wild landscapes as part of quests. You’re always grinding for loot and resources.
The game series is well-known for the “dinasaourish” creatures you fight with weapons as big as them. They also feature multiplayer mode (often four-player cooperative).
- Monster Hunter (2004 for PlayStation 2)
- Monster Hunter 2 (2006 for PlayStation 2)
- Monster Hunter Frontier Online / Monster Hunter Frontier Z (2007 for Windows PC)
- Monster Hunter Tri (2009 for Nintendo Wii)
- Monster Hunter Diary: Poka Poka Airou Village (2010 for PlayStation Portable)
- Monster Hunter Dynamic Hunting (2011 for iOS)
- Monster Hunter: Frontier G (2013 for Windows PC Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U)
- Monster Hunter Online (2013 for Windows PC)
- Monster Hunter 4 (2013 for Nintendo 3DS)
- Monster Hunter Spirits (2015 for Arcade)
- Monster Hunter Explore (2015 for Android and iOS)
- Monster Hunter Stories (2016 for Nintendo 3DS)
- Monster Hunter Generations (2017 for Nintendo 3DS and Switch)
- Monster Hunter: World (2018 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One)
- Monster Hunter World: Iceborne (2019 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows PC)
- Monster Hunter Riders (2020 for Android and iOS)
- Monster Hunter Rise (2021 for Nintendo Switch)
- Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin (2021 for Windows PC and Nintendo Switch)
Several media spin-offs of the franchise have been made in addition to the games: an anime show, manga, book, and now a real-life film released in December 2020.
Everything About Monster Hunter (2021) Movie Adaptation
Production, Release Date, and Reception
Director Paul W. S. Anderson has been preparing since 2012 for this film adaptation which finally was announced by Capcom in October 2018.
Production started that month with the help of Constantin Film and principal photography being completed in Cape Town, South Africa, by December 2018.
Monster Hunter was released in China on December 4, 2020, and December 18, 2020, in the United States.
The film’s release date was originally scheduled for September 4, 2020, but was delayed to April 23, 2021, due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Then, it was moved to December 30 and lastly, scheduled for Christmas after the troublesome release in China.
It released digitally on February 16, 2021, but it wasn’t until March 2, 2021, that the Blu-ray, 4K Blu-ray, and DVD were out.
Overall, it grossed $43 million worldwide against a $60 million production budget.
It could have gathered more had it not been for the mixed reviews ( 4.8/10 average rating. 46% of 90 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes). Critics praised the musical score, visual effects, and action sequences, but went over the direction, editing, and screenplay.
On Metacritic, the film average score was 45 out of 100 based on 18 people.
Monster Hunter (2020) Trailer
Cast & Character (Who made Monster Hunter?)
- Milla Jovovich (Natalie Artemis)
- Tony Jaa (Hunter)
- Ron Perlman (The Admiral)
- Tip “T.I.” Harris (Lincoln)
- Diego Boneta (Marshall)
- Meagan Good (Dash)
- Josh Helman (Steeler)
- Jin Au-Yeung (Axe)
- Hirona Yamazaki (Handler)
- Jannik Schümann (Aiden)
- Nanda Costa (Lea)
- Nic Rasenti (Captain Roark)
- Aaron Beelner (Pali)
Plot/Sypnosis (What is the Monster Hunter movie about?)
Both the Sony Pictures and official Monster Hunter movie website detail the following synopsis:
“When Lt. Artemis (Milla Jovovich) and her elite unit are transported through a portal from our world to a new world, they are in for the shock of their lives. In her desperate attempt to get home, the brave lieutenant encounters a mysterious hunter (Tony Jaa), whose unique skills have allowed him to survive in this hostile land.
Faced with relentless and terrifying attacks from the monsters, the warriors team up to fight back and find a way home.”
Review & Opinions
If you want to see the Monster Hunter movie, it’s because of two reasons: you’re into huge CGI monsters (especially the iconic Rathalos from the final showdown) or you’re fan of the series.
Those in the first group (as myself) have enjoyed most of it, as you would enjoy another Milla Jovovich flick, like Resident Evil.
However, if you’re part of the second group, you might think it felt “oversaturated” despite seeing how they nailed every reference from the game.
David Ehrlich of IndieWire: “Series fans will feel cheated by such a chintzy and incurious take on something they love, while the rest of us will be left wondering how the source material earned itself any fans in the first place.”