Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters is a 2013 German/American action-adventure horror film directed by Tommy Wirkola. It is a loose continuation of the fairy tale Hansel and Gretel by the Brothers Grimm. Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton and Famke Janssen star.
The film cost a reported $50 million and took $226.3 million at the box office.
Catching up with Hansel and Gretel (Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton), fifteen years after the traumatic incident involving a gingerbread house, the siblings have grown into vengeful bounty hunters dedicated to exterminating witches.
Over the years, the siblings became expert hunters, famous for their proficiency at tracking and taking down their prey. Although still recovering from their ordeal, their work is relatively easy as for an unknown reason harmful spells and curses do not work well against them.
The Mayor of Augsburg, Germany recruits them to rid the town and nearby forests of an evil sorceress (Famke Janssen) who is planning to sacrifice many local children at the witches’ gathering during the upcoming ‘Blood Moon’ night in two days time.
To make things worse, the duo also has to deal with the brutal Sheriff Berringer (Peter Stormare) who has taken power in Augsburg and conducts a very indiscriminate witch-hunt of his own…
“Thankfully, some of the humor is great – jokes are peppered with swearing, making for a few funny and unexpected moments. Though one recurring joke about Hansel’s diabetes feels like a very heavy-handed way of saying “don’t eat candy, kids!” The action is also a lot gorier and brutal than you may expect…” Alicia Maline, IGN
“Renner and British actress Gemma Arterton are certainly game, but this foolish vehicle doesn’t give them a chance to show what they do best. With a running time of under 90 minutes, the film is smart enough not to wear out its welcome. But that’s the only sign of true intelligence in this juvenile caper.” Stephen Farber, Hollywood Reporter