The Huntsman: Winter’s War is a 2016 American dark fantasy action adventure film based on characters from the German fairy tale “Snow White” compiled by the Brothers Grimm, as well as “The Snow Queen” by Hans Christian Andersen. Both a prequel and sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman, the film takes place before and after the events of the first film. The film is written by Craig Mazin and Evan Spiliotopoulos and is the directorial debut of Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, who acted as visual effects supervisor on the first film.
Reprising their roles from the first film, the cast includes Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Nick Frost and Sam Claflin. The film also introduced new characters played by actors including Emily Blunt, Rob Brydon and Jessica Chastain. The film premiered in Hamburg on March 29, 2016, and was released in the United States on April 22, 2016. It received generally negative reviews from critics and was a box office disappointment, grossing just $164 million worldwide against a $115 million budget.
Evil sorceress Queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron) learns that her younger sister Freya (Emily Blunt) is not only engaged in an illicit affair with a nobleman Andrew (Colin Morgan), but is also carrying his child. Sometime after Freya gives birth to a baby girl, Freya discovers that Andrew has murdered their child and, in a grief-fueled rage, Freya kills him with her long-dormant ice powers.
Freya abandons the kingdom and builds herself a new kingdom. She orders children to be abducted so they can be trained to be fearsome huntsmen to conquer for her, and to harden their hearts to spare them the future pain of losing someone they love. Despite the training, two of her best huntsmen Eric (Chris Hemsworth) and Sara (Jessica Chastain), grow up and fall in love with one another, secretly marry, and plan to escape together. However, Freya discovers their secret and confronts them, creates a massive ice wall to separate them, then forces Eric to watch as Sara is killed by her fellow huntsmen, before she casts him out of the kingdom.
Seven years later, and after Ravenna’s death, Queen Snow White falls ill after hearing Ravenna’s Magic Mirror calling her. Because of its dark magic, she ordered it to be taken to the Sanctuary, the magical place that sheltered Snow White during the events leading to Ravenna’s death, so the mirror’s magic can be forever contained there. Snow White’s husband, William (Sam Claflin), informs Eric that the soldiers tasked with carrying the Mirror went missing while en route to the Sanctuary. Eric realizes that he is being watched by Freya through magic. Knowing the magic of the mirror can make Freya even stronger, Eric agrees to investigate, but reluctantly allows Snow White’s dwarf ally Nion (Nick Frost) and his half-brother Gryff (Rob Brydon) to come along.
While travelling to the last known location of the soldiers, the trio are attacked by a group of Freya’s huntsmen, but are rescued by Sara. Sara reveals that she had been imprisoned by Freya the entire time, only to escape recently. Sara believes she saw Eric running away rather than fighting to help her, and feels betrayed. Eric tries to convince her that it was a vision conjured by Freya, since he himself saw Sara being murdered. Eventually, Sara agrees to work with Eric and the dwarves to thwart Freya. The quartet is ensnared in a trap set by dwarves Bromwyn (Sheridan Smith) and Doreena (Alexandra Roach). They convince the dwarves to help them find the Mirror, and the dwarves lead them to the goblins that guard the mirror. The party fight off the goblins to get to the Mirror and escape with the Mirror.
As the group is about to reach the Sanctuary with the Mirror, they are ambushed by Freya and her huntsmen. Freya reveals Sara had been loyal to Freya all along, and Sara was using her companions to find the Mirror. In the ensuing chaos, Nion and Doreena are turned into ice statues, and Sara fires an arrow into Eric’s chest on Freya’s order, apparently killing him. Freya departs with the Magic Mirror, but she is unaware that Sara intentionally missed so Eric can live. Back in her palace, Freya discovers that Ravenna had become one with the mirror when Snow White vanquished her, and that her spirit is free thanks to Freya. Ravenna then usurps Freya’s rule by ordering Freya’s huntsmen to exact revenge on Snow White’s kingdom, without consulting Freya.
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