Based on a true story Death Hunt is set way up in the Yukon where only the tough or stupid survive.
In this bitter cold environment Charles Bronson's character, Albert Johnson, plays a quiet rugged trapper. In the opening of the movie Johnson stumbles upon a group of low lifers playing Michael Vick on a couple of dogs. Johnson steps in and rescues the losing cur. Of course the humiliated owner is pissed and seeks out local veteran law dog Lee Marvin.
Both Marvin and Bronson play very interesting characters. Marvin was torn between the law, what's right, and what he had to do...all three different bridges his characters had to cross.
Bronson was either barricaded in his cabin or jumping off cliffs for most of the movie. Trying to survive on you own doesn't leave much room for a tough guy actor to express his soft side. Never the less Bronson strikes a chord that pulls on all three dimensions. He's besieged within his house and that night after the shooting has stopped his accusers eat quietly guarding Bronson's front door. One bored sap picks up an accordion and slowly begins to play "Oh My Darling". No one says a word but inside Albert Johnson is singing quietly to himself. In Bronson's eyes you see the pain of a thousand lost loves, the scars of a hundred angry eyes, and a life 10 years gone cold. The best scene of the movie.
Death Hunt was a lot more violent then I expected from a movie dating 1981. I don't know why, but when F bombs began dropping I couldn't help but laugh. Brains and blood flowed through many of the shotgun blasting scenes.
After Johnson's house is blown up a game of cat and mouse ensues. Bounty hunters, pilots, militia, mercenaries, and Lee Marvin are all coming down on Charlie's head.
I'll admit that it's a good movie but far from a classic. Some scenes were amazing while others I felt the age. Charles Bronson has the best action while Lee Marvin's acting restores the rest. Did you expect anything less? Oh...and did I mention Carl Weathers was in it?