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
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