- Actors: Tommy Lee Jones, Benicio Del Toro, Connie Nielsen, Leslie Stefanson, John Finn
- Directors: William Friedkin
- Writers: Art Monterastelli, David Griffiths, Peter Griffiths
- Producers: Art Monterastelli, David Griffiths, James Jacks, Marcus Viscidi
- Format: NTSC
- Language: English
- Number of tapes: 1
- MPAA Rating:
- Studio: Paramount Home Video
- VHS Release Date: Nov. 25 2003
- Run Time: 94 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 88 customer reviews
- ASIN: B0000CABKC
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,074 in Video (See Top 100 in Video)
The Hunted" is a suspense thriller about a tracker, Bonham (Tommy Lee Jones), who teams up with FBI agent Abby Durrell (Connie Nielsen) to hunt down a trained assassin Hallam (Benicio Del Toro). With precision and skill, the predator remains one step ahead, and escapes into the city.
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The film opens with a flashback to Kosovo in the late 90s.A village is getting razed to the ground and its inhabitants shot.A US special force is on the ground and is going after its leader. Aaron Hallam(Benicio Del Toro)is one of those members and he completes his objective.Back stateside he cannot forget the horrific images burned into his mind and he becomes a recluse.
Fast forward to Oregon a few years later and two deer hunters are out in the woods.It appears,however,they are there for more than deer as they find Hallam and it is not a reunion they are after.Soon after Hallam announces his presence to them they start shooting at him.He takes them out viciously and soon a manhunt is on for Hallam.
The special agency that Hallam was originally a part of recruits Hallam's former teacher one LT Bonham(Tommy Lee Jones).Bonham is an extraordinary tracker and within a short time he has his man.Bonham asked to do his job alone but the FBI follows him and assists in Hallam's take down.
While under interrogation some high level government agents show up and claim Hallam for their own.During transport Hallam manages to escape and Bonham is called back in to assist in the search.They almost get him in an underground construction site but he eludes them and lands at his ex wife's house.There Bonham follows and finds him sitting in an upstairs room.It's a quick visit as Hallam again escapes into a wooded area where Bonham tracks him down,for the final time.It's a fight to the finish against teacher Bonham and student Hallam.Both get in some good licks but in the end the outcome is inevitable.Bonham retires back to his home in BC,and is seen burning the letters Hallam had sent him long before.
Once Halllam is caught the first time(within a half hour of the films opening)there is not much of another place or twist they can add on or go to that would make this film more interesting.Bonham is just such a good tracker that finding his former student within a short time is inevitable,no matter where Hallam may want to go;which leaves no mystery there.Hallam is suffering from PTSD and we have certainly seen that in a myriad of movies over the years,so again nothing new.Secret government agencies and operations,cover ups,usurping of local authorities,again this is old hat and given the less than stellar direction and script it turns quickly into a bore.Del Toro and Jones are good in their respective roles but not good enough to overcome the many filmic stumbling blocks they are presented with on a constant basis.
Technically speaking the film is clear and crisp in its w/s a/r.Extras include four featurettes,deleted scenes and the trailer.
Overall a disappointing film with some good actors who have nowhere to go.It is passable,but just.2 1/2 - 3 stars.
They culminate is a gruelling hand-to-hand combat between teacher and pupil above some whitewater rapids as the FBI looks on. Second film I have seen in which Del Toro plays a desperate killer on the run, the other being "21 Grams". He seems to be developing into a Sylvester Stallone-type actor. The film has some other notable touches: the music of Johnny Cash, and how Tommy Lee Jones saves a white dog or wolf from a snare in the film's opening scene and later sees the same dog at the end of the film.
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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