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It is only L.T. who can get close to Aaron, and only because Aaron, like a cat with a mouse, allows him to. Furious as he is with his former mentor for not responding to his letters, Aaron knows that he and L.T. share a tragic bond that is unbreakable. And, even as they go into their final combat against each other, neither can say with certainty who is "the hunted" and who is the hunter.
Suspense Thriller - It's basically one long chase scene. First in the woods, then in and
under the city and back to the woods. It's very violent and bloody.
There's only one instance of mild humor in the whole movie. This is
an intense and often graphic movie.
PROFANITY: 4 F-words, 1 GD, 6 S-words, 1 A-word. Just a few others. SEX/NUDITY: None VIOLENCE: Extremely violent! Brutal killings. Some very bloody. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None ACTION: Lots of chase scenes and fights throughout. COMEDY: Only one mildly funny moment.
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Review Average The Hunted stalks the masculine psyche with sharp knives,
but it tracks its audience too noisily to bag us. An effort at meaningfulness,
but not much actual meaning, is evident from the very first frame of The
Hunted, which announces with a sermonlike lack of subtlety that what we're
about to see is no cartoonish pursuit of cat and mouse.''
Review Very Good "...a pure and rather inspired example of the one-on-one
chase movie. Like The Fugitive, it's about one man pursuing another more
or less nonstop for the entire film. Walking in, I thought I knew what to
expect, but I didn't anticipate how William Friedkin would jolt me with the
immediate urgency of the action. This is not an arm's-length chase picture, but
a close physical duel between its two main characters.''
Review Poor "You keep waiting for there to be more, but there never is —
other than the fact that it all gets gorier and uglier as the dyspeptic look on
Jones' face progresses from a four- to a six-a-day scotch-and-peppermint
TV Guide OnlineFull
Review Average "If your idea of a good time at the movies is watching two
grown men go at it with fists and shivs and nasty wilderness booby-traps, then
you're in luck. Director William Friedkin's brutal throwdown of a movie offers
plenty of blood and guts, but has little else to recommend it. It's hardly
boring, what with all the running, jumping and killing, and there's a promising
glimmer of chemistry between Jones and Nielsen. But like everything else in this
preposterous chase film, it goes nowhere.''
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
It appears the moviegoer opinions are similar to those of the critics, ALL OVER THE PLACE. Many enjoyed it, many didn't. However, the majority did enjoy it, at least to some degree. This is probably not a movie you'll want to rush out to see. But if you've got the time and the money to take a chance on The Hunted, then I'd recommend seeing it. You may be one of those who enjoy it. For those with limited time and money, it may be worth a matinee, but you may prefer to wait for it to hit the second run theaters before taking a chance on it.
Cinema Review Prediction: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
This is the type of movie I generally enjoy and I found this one to be entertaining and occasionally exciting, but it's really nothing special. The story is somewhat similar to the first Rambo movie, except I just didn't feel as much for the character in The Hunted as I did for Stallone in Rambo.
There's really nothing wrong with The Hunted, so I believe most moviegoers will rate it fairly high. However, I doubt that it will receive many very high opinions of "Excellent" or "Fantastic."
If you like the Rambo/Fugitive type stories this is a movie you're likely to enjoy, but you probably won't think it's great.
Revealing the bond between these two men almost entirely
without words, Friedkin first introduces Aaron Hallam (Benicio Del Toro) in
1999, during the bloodiest of the fighting in Kosovo. Serbian soldiers are
carrying out scores of atrocities against Albanian civilians while U.S. Special
Forces operate covertly nearby. Aaron -- at
this time a soldier in good standing -- penetrates
a demolished building and slips unseen past guards. As he moves without a sound,
there is a tense moment when the path to his target is blocked by a small child
praying over her mother's dead body.
But Aaron is so skilled at melting into the shadows that the
Serbian officer who has ordered all this butchery has no clue anyone is even in
the room until Aaron has killed him. Awarded the Silver Star for valor for this
murder, Aaron feels no honor as he lies awake, tormented by nightmares.
In 2003, light years from what happened in Kosovo, we meet
L.T. Bonham (Tommy Lee Jones) tracking an injured wolf through the bright snows
of northernmost British Columbia. He runs with the rubbery, bandy-legged gait of
a professional tracker, not making a sound, soft on the soles of his feet. This,
along with his gentle demeanor, allows him to approach the suffering animal.
Once he undoes the trap and treats the wolf's wound, the outraged L.T. marches
into the nearest tavern and gives a beating to the man who set the trap.
L.T.'s former student, Aaron Hallam
now AWOL from the Special Forces --
keeps his own brand of wildlife vigil. With catlike
reflexes, he pounces on two hunter's using rifles with
high-powered military telescopes to kill the deer, brutally, killing them with
But these are not his only victims. In fact, Aaron has
viciously killed two other hunters in the area, and the
by Special Agent Abby Durrell (Connie Nielsen), desperate to track down the
killer, calls in the one man who can bring him in.
Snug in retirement, L.T. resists the mission. He's closed
off the past and this would only open everything up again. But after studying
photos of how the men were gutted like deer, L.T. knows the killer is a man he
has trained. Accepting the assignment on the condition he works alone, L.T.
walks into the woods unarmed, as if tracking another wounded wolf. His final
words: "If I'm not back in two days, it'll mean I'm dead."