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Hunted, the 03

Tommy Lee Jones , Benicio Del Toro , William Friedkin    R (Restricted)   VHS Tape
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)

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4.0 out of 5 stars God said to Abraham "Kill me a son" March 3 2005
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
The wind is in the thorn tree.

Yep, there is nothing exceptional to this Rambo formula remake. They use all the same clich' they probably recycles some of the old Rambo blood and bullets.

Now you ask "why we should watch the Rambo rehash?" Well I'll tell you. Because instead of Richard Crenna, you get Tommy Lee Jones and most of his facial expressions; when they are not being hidden behind blood and hair. And instead of Sylvester Stallone, who was very good in "Oscar", you get Benicio Del Toro who can look more like a man betrayed than an old boxer.

The story is as old as the hills. L.T. Bonham (Tommy Lee Jones) is called out of retirement to track down a mysterious person or persons unknown that killed some hunters. The person turns out to be a soldier Aaron Hallman (Benicio Del Toro) that he trained to kill. Through a series of mishaps Aaron gets loosed and the inept authorities must compete with L.T. for the retrieval or destruction. However L.T. knows he is to only one to do it.

So does Aaron get away so he can kill again?

Does L.T. make his first kill or is he really a pusssy-cat?

Do the inept authorities realize their limits before it is too late?

Do we come away with any new insights?
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Aaron Hallam (Benicio Del Toro), has went off the deep end using his special forces killing techniques to fillet hunters who kill with "irreverence" as some sort of social statement. Now it's up to the man who taught him L.T. Bonham (Tommy Lee Jones), a professional tracker and good ol' boy to bring him in.
The Hunted is simply a fun, sometimes silly non-stop action extravaganza low on story, dialogue, character development, and overall plot and heavy as a sumo wrestler on visceral, fast paced, beautifully choreographed and even more beautifully photographed action sequences.
Staring in Kosovo, in what can only be described as a vision of hell on Earth, we meet Hallam a special forces op/assassin who witness brutal mass murder at the hands of some tyrannical military force. After his mission is carried out Hallam returns to the world and is given the silver star. He then disappears into the woods and begins to carry out his crusade for animal rights, or so we're supposed to believe even though the details are hazy. There's also a moment where Hallam says he was set up, but that's quickly forgotten along with his animal rights stance and we're left to believe that the guy just snapped. Tommy Lee Jones is brought in as is the case in all these movies where only a retired agent/cop/tough guy can bring down this new threat, a threat he helped create. After a brief, very brief, ploy by a shady government official Bonham jumps aboard to help bring in "his boy." From there we're treated to chase after chase, hand to hand combat after knife fight and it's all breathtakingly captured by William Friedkin of The Exorcist fame. A man whose made a name for himself by filming amazing car chase sequences.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Film! Feb. 18 2004
By Ed Mich
I loved "The Hunted." I thought that it was a brilliant, suspenseful, excellant action film. It was bloody, but not nearly as bloody as "Kill Bill Volume One." I liked the way the killer killed. He used his hunting knife, and during the film, as a viewer, I could feel the way the future victiums felt. They didn't know that they were about to be killed, but they were scared. The two stars in "The Hunted" are Tommy Lee Jones and Benecio del Toro, and they were perfect in their roles.
When the film begins we meet Aaron Hallam, who is a soldier in a war battle in Kosovo. He witnesses explosions, burning buildings, and people shooting each other. Finally he stabs somebody in the throat, and we flash to a different scene. We then meet L.T. Bonham(Tommy Lee Jones) who is a retired military trainer. He is called back into action when a former trainee of his-Aaron Hallam-goes on a murder spree in Oregon. During his battle in Kosovo, he finally snapped, and becomes the very dangerous killer of four men. L.T. arrives at the lastest murder scene in the woods. He meets Abby Durrell, the agent working on the case, and he sees dozens of other agents looking around the scene of the crime. He likes working alone, and meets him in the woods, while looking around. He brings Aaron back with him, but while being transported to another location, he somehow mananges to escape. When L.T finds out about that he become determined to find him or kill him, because he is still very dangerous. Turns out, Aaron went to see his ex-girlfriend Irene Kravitz, and her daughter Loretta, Aaron and L.T. ensure a cat and mouse game, with either one of them being the cat or the mouse.
A main reason who I loved "The Hunted" so much was because it was a fun cat and mouse chase.
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3.0 out of 5 stars This movie is nothing like The Fugitive June 5 2004
And that is nothing like sarcasm. Okay, it is. It's a lot like sarcasm, actually. Maybe if it weren't Tommy Lee Jones as the star it wouldn't be so obvious, but to me what it came down to was a tough, know-it-all smart guy chasing a resourceful criminal that apparently no one else can catch.
The Hunted seemed to have promise in the previews. Jones of course is usually good in everything (others might say this is because he typically plays the same character). And since starring in The Usual Suspects, Benicio Del Toro can really do no wrong. But The Hunted is a strange film, awkwardly left of center, as though it was aware of it's own triteness so it tries to overcompensate for it in random areas - violence, gore, and casting for example. Watching the movie I couldn't help but feel it was far beneath Del Toro's ability. He is certainly more gifted than to play the run-of-the-mill action star that he is in The Hunted.
The Hunted is a typical disciple-gone-wrong movie. Del Toro, a deeply covert special forces soldier who "doesn't really exist" is so battle scarred that he goes AWOL and kills some innocent people. Once the government realizes this, they send the man who trained him - Jones - to track him down and catch him. From here it unfolds in an extraordinarily predictable way. The audience is left to feel as though they are watching out of obligation rather than actual interest - 9/10 viewers could probably outline the rest of the story. To try to hold our interest then, the filmmakers include a deep amount of gore in the movie, much more than a typical action film would have.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A mediocre Deer Hunter meets Rambo Friedkin flick!
The Hunted(released Mar/03)is a mediocre flick that has much in common in its dynamic with The Deer Hunter & Rambo. Read more
Published on June 25 2012 by Robert Badgley
4.0 out of 5 stars a pretty good William Friedkin film(Did i say that out loud?)
the basic premise of this film is this: a trained special forces
assassin who has gone AWOL from duty,begins killing hunters in backwood
Oregon. Read more
Published on Oct. 5 2007 by falcon
4.0 out of 5 stars On The Run in the Pacific Northwest
Somewhat reminiscent of the D.C. sniper slayings, this film concerns a battle-fatigued Special Forces veteran of Kosovo, who has seen far too much violence,and becomes an animal... Read more
Published on May 22 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Great action film
Eerily reminiscent of the D.C. sniper slayings, this film concerns a battle-fatigued Special Forces veteran of Kosovo, who has seen far too much violence,who becomes an animal... Read more
Published on May 22 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Rambo Remake!
Benicio Del Toro is a great actor, and so is Tommy Lee Jones, but great actors can't save a movie with a tired plot.
The story is pretty similar to Rambo and U. Read more
Published on April 14 2004 by MrSherlockHolmes
4.0 out of 5 stars Good action flick!
I can rate this as high as I can, because it actually gives Benicio Del Toro a name! Every other movie he's in and you think of drugs! Read more
Published on April 4 2004 by Wolfe Moffat
4.0 out of 5 stars THE HUNTED
Give this film a second chance, a lot of people thinks it sucks!
This is a raw bare to the bone action film with two quality actors. Read more
Published on March 19 2004 by Nial Westwood
3.0 out of 5 stars Good action, weak dialogue!
I thought this movie to be a little better than what some of the other reviewers said. However, it does have some weak points. Read more
Published on March 16 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars One of THE worst films ever... PERIOD!
Have you ever watched a movie where the acting and plot is so cheese that you have to laugh out loud in the theatre in the middle of a serious scene... Read more
Published on March 14 2004 by _JuStiFieD_
4.0 out of 5 stars Great little action flick
I recently picked this up cheap at the local Wal Mart. It was one of those cop-type films of 2003 that I have been wanting to get. So I was gleeful at the price... Read more
Published on March 9 2004 by Razr Maxx
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