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The Hunted (2003)
USA / English
"Some men should not be found. "
An FBI deep-woods tracker captures a trained assassin who has made a sport of hunting humans.
Tommy Lee Jones L.T. Bonham
Benicio Del Toro Aaron Hallam
Connie Nielsen Abby Durrell
Leslie Stefanson Irene Kravitz
John Finn Ted Chenoweth
José Zúñiga Moret (as Jose Zuniga)
Ron Canada Van Zandt
Mark Pellegrino Dale Hewitt
Aaron DeCone Stokes (as Aaron Brounstein)
Carrick O'Quinn Kohler
Lonny Chapman Zander
Rex Linn Powell
Eddie Velez Richards
Jenna Boyd Loretta Kravitz
Alexander Mackenzie Sheriff
Director: William Friedkin
Producer: James Jacks,Ricardo Mestres
Writer: David Griffiths,Peter Griffiths
Cheap knock-off of past Hollywood blockbusters
If you've seen both First Blood and The Fugitive, you've already watched The Hunted. Aaron Hallam (Del Toro), who was awarded the Silver Star for his bravery shown while fighting in Kosovo, only 4 years earlier, is now on the outs with the military, isn't really trusting anybody, and was listed as Missing In Action and made a target by the Government that he used to work for. Now, poor Hallam, fearing both for his safety and sanity is out in the Portland woods, killing what appear to be deer hunters. Only, these deer hunters have military telescopes attached to their rifles - not exactly a necessity when it comes to snagging yourself a buck.

When L.T. Bonham (Jones) finds out that his former student, Aaron Hallam, is out in the woods eviscerating humans, he reluctantly agrees to hunt him down and bring him to justice.

When the two first confront one another in the woods, Hallam asks Bonham why he never answered the letters Hallam had sent him. It's obvious that the ex-soldier was teetering at the edge of reality, and Bonham was the only guy he felt that he could count on. Ironically, it turns out that Bonham is now the only person who can be counted on to kill the man he once taught how to murder quick, and get away even faster.

So, the chase is on ... and on ... and on, and then the film ends. It's honestly that simple. Of course there are the tired, "your men can't take him out ... only I can, because I was his ... teacher" type dialogue thrown in, presumably to make it seem even more like a gigantic First Blood rip-off than it already does.

Hallam's motives and Bonham's sense of guilt are both hinted at, but neither character is fully fleshed out. What could have been an excellent film, ends up being chopped and hacked into nothing more than a cheap knock-off of a couple of Hollywood movies that worked well at the box-office in the not-so-distant past.

Seen it:Nej
Nr of disks/tapes:1
Storage device:Divx 4
Imdb rating: 5.6
Musician: Brian Tyler
Running time: 94 min
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Last modified: 2007-07-18 22:31:3