The Hunted 2003

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In the woods of Silver Falls US Special Forces Operative Aaron Hallam goes on the rampage. But nothing is quite what it seems... Lieutenant Bonham, the man who trained him, is brought out of retirement to track him down and bring him to justice. With the help of tenacious FBI agent Abby Durell, Bonham must bring down the man who can already anticipate his every move before he kills again.

Starring:
Benicio Del Toro,Benicio Del Toro
Runtime:
1 hour, 30 minutes

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The Hunted

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller, Action & Adventure, Crime
Director William Friedkin
Starring Benicio Del Toro, Benicio Del Toro
Supporting actors Connie Nelsen, Connie Neilsen, Connie Nielsen
Studio Lionsgate
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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3.3 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Darth Maciek TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 April 2014
Format: DVD
I hated this film and I hardly managed to watch it until the end, for following reasons (some limited SPOILERS will follow):

- the story is stupid beyond anything that words can describe; nothing in this film makes the slightest sense, from the ridiculous beginning to the even more ridiculous ending

- all characters are clichéd - there is not even one a little more original

- the dialogs are lame; also, no humour, not even one good one-liner,

- we can neither relate to the fugitif (Benitio Del Toro), who is a barking mad mass murderer, nor root for the tracker (Tommy Lee Jones), who is simply lame (and no, I don't mean that he is limping); the only character we can feel something for is Abby Durell (Connie Nielsen) from Portland Police Department - but her screen time is very limited

- no police force in the world is as clueless and pathetic as Portland cops described in this film

- even if all Special Forces in US military receive extensive formation in close quarters combat (including the use of knife), use of explosives, precision shooting, wilderness survival and camouflage, there is no such thing as "training of professional military assassins"...

- even if such thing as "training of professional military assassins" existed why in the world would it devote so much time to making of primitive daggers, like those produced in early Iron Age?

- it would take 15 seconds for the lazy scenarist of this film to check on the internet the basic fact, that NO US ground troops were deployed in Kosovo in 1999...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ron Labbatt on 12 Feb. 2008
Format: DVD
This film borrows heavily from First Blood, but offers a lot less than Stallone's original classic.

Similarities: the emphasis on a 'custom' knife; the Frankenstinian theme of a man-made superman gone out of control (and being tracked by his 'teacher'); the concept of him being the 'law' in the wild. I could go on endlessly with these comparisons. Even the overall plot is very similar to that of Morell's First Blood book (where the main character is killed in the end).

Differences: the sickly hypocritical moralistic approach, which totally misses the key issues.

The film tries to be anti-gun. At the same time, the people who propose the anti-gun theme (primarily the Del Toro character and the TLJ character) had extensive experience of violence (often with guns). Indeed, during the film, neither of them appears to have any problem in basically murdering people in cold blood.

The film tries to be anti-hunting with guns and portrays rifle hunters as somehow bloodthirsty robots. Yet, the two key characters (Del Toro & TLJ) advocate living off the land by hunting with knives? Near the start, the Del Toro character is seen going up against two hunters with guns. Every single hunter I know of would have walked away from such a confrontation and simply left the Del Toro character to his own devices. If they were 'sweepers', as the Del Toro character suggests, then they were badly organised. Wearing bright red safety vests, with no air or ground support?

The Del Toro character is portrayed as a dangerous paranoic. Yet, he had clearly asked for help prior to going berserk. No agency or individual tried to help him (including the TLJ character). Yet, the responsibility for the whole mess is never discussed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr on 15 May 2006
Format: DVD
There are not enough films that deal sympathetically with the impact of fighting in a war and being programmed to kill. This film raises the interesting point of what do we do with these people once they have been utilised to their full potential during War time? Having witnessed the ethnic cleansing in Kosovo at the start of the film, Benicio Del Toro carries out his mission with the swiftness and skill of one of our SAS elite. His courage is awarded with the Silver Star, but the nightmares of what he had to do and witness never leave him and he is seen waking up in the middle of the night screaming and that takes the viewer to the present day in the film.

Tommy Lee Jones is the man who taught Benicio and his fellow soldiers how to kill and how to survive. He is working as a conservator for the Wildlife Fund and in a touching scene early on in the film he rescues a wolf from a snare and appropriately deals with and humiliates the culprit responsible for it. I found his character quite relatable in that respect. His character appears very enigmatic and quite solitary in the film.

Someone (Del Torro) is butchering hunters and decapitating and disembowelling them. Tommy Lee Jones has to assist the authorities in hunting Del Torro down (although at this point it is not quite clear who is the hunter or the hunted).

As the film progresses and Del Toro is arrested it turns out that he employed by the American Government for top secret killing missions. This then builds up to an excellent high-octane finale.

There is quite alot of violence (as with most 15 rated action/horror films these days), but it is not excessive and it is relevant to the story and the theme of suffering (both mentally and physically).
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