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The Hunted [DVD]

Tommy Lee Jones , Benicio del Toro , Mark Pellegrino    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Tommy Lee Jones, Benicio del Toro, Connie Nielsen, Leslie Stefanson, Jenna Boyd
  • Directors: Mark Pellegrino
  • Producers: Brian Tyler, James Jacks
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Whv
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Oct 2003
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AZVHU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,895 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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William Friedkin's taut direction highlights The Hunted, a bloodsport thriller that works best without dialogue. It's a prime vehicle for co-stars Tommy Lee Jones and Benicio Del Toro, whose rugged screen personas are perfectly matched in a manhunt between a military assassin and the man who trained him to kill. Traumatised by atrocities in Kosovo four years earlier (the site of an action-packed prologue), Hallam (Del Toro) is seemingly psychotic and now killing in the forests of Oregon; Bonham (Jones) is lured out of retirement by a tenacious FBI agent (Connie Nielsen) to end Hallam's murder spree. The hackneyed plot is derivative to a fault (no surprise from the screenwriters of Collateral Damage), and the whole movie's a foregone conclusion, but Friedkin inspires fine work from his well-trained stars while exploring the ambiguity of Hallam's character. Lushly photographed by Caleb Deschanel, The Hunted is a survivalist's dream, militarily authentic and most effective when its primal instincts are cinematically expressed. --Jeff Shannon

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Action thriller by William Friedkin, director of 'The French Connection' and 'The Exorcist'. Benicio del Toro stars as Aaron Hallam, a trained assassin who, plagued by traumatic flashbacks of death and destruction, has gone AWOL from the Special Forces and is living a feral existence in the forest of Silver Falls, Oregon. Trained to kill but mentally tortured, he starts brutally killing poachers and deer hunters who stray into the area. FBI Special Agent Abby Durrell (Connie Nielsen) turns to L.T. Bonham (Tommy Lee Jones), the man who trained Hallam, for help with the case. But can he reach his former prize student - and get through to him before he himself becomes 'the hunted'?

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Aimless 10 Dec 2003
By J. Cronin VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Benicio Del Toro stars here as Aaron Hallum, a trained Army killer seemingly severly distresed by his experiences in Kosovo. Four hunters have been killed in woodlands and Tommy Lee Jones' character, LT Bonham, a tracker extraordinaire, is called in to assist in the hunt. As the plot develops, we find out that Hallum had been trained by Bonham in the art of survival and knifecraft, and had come to regard him as a sort of father figure and mentor.
Most of the action takes place outdoors in beautiful scenery, be it in woodlands, snowfalls or on the edge of a river. The script is kind of hackneyed, and the roles are derivative, but Jones gives a good performance none the less. Del Toro is not in Oscar mode here, but does turn in a performance as a confused and dazed man.
The film lost coherence a bit when Del Toro is shown in a scenen forging his own knife, but the knife-fighting scenes have a gritty real feel to them. Overall it's not bad. It's just not great either.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thriller of my year! 14 Jan 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Actions thrillers are my favourite films, but recently I have been getting more and more cheesed off with thrillers that promised much, but in the end were souless and unrewarding.
How lucky I was, then, when I found the Hunted!
This film sums up escapism for me. It is 90 minutes of pure and exhilarating entertainment. The viewer is plunged straight into the action, and from then on in it doesn't let up--as we see Tommy Lee Jones hunt down his man and occasionally engaging in what can only be described as jaw-dropping hand-to-hand combat.
Personally, I can think of no better way to unwind after a hard day than to watch two insanely tough and well trained men play a lethal game of cat and mouse.
The acting is solid, the set pieces deliver and you really root for both the hunter and the hunted--which is never a bad thing.
Go on, indulge yourself!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rambo (one) meets US Marshalls 17 Jan 2009
By Empe
Format:DVD
A good action movie with a mix of psy-situation (the ex-Special Forces killer becamed a serial killer and chased by his "ex-Jedi Master" instructor) with good action scenes, a very good cast (with Del Toro perfect for the role) and a intriguing plot, but a little confused. With a best director maybe a better movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good acting, reasonable action, poor story. 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Violent, harrowing and very poignant 15 May 2006
By Mr
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 11 days ago by Auguste Luys
3.0 out of 5 stars A few standout heavy-handed, bloody fights
Tommy Lee Jones is guilty of a little overacting, although he does spend most of the runtime poking, touching and staring at his surroundings for clues – so I guess he’s making up... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Paul_ABZ
1.0 out of 5 stars A completely unnecessary and totally ridiculous remake of first...
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... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Maciej
3.0 out of 5 stars Good
For action kind of movie and the price I will say go for it so yes recommend it go for it
Published 3 months ago by Alia Toama
4.0 out of 5 stars SURPRISED....
This Movie has more to it than just breathtaking action. Without giving away the story; Benicio Del Toro Plays a ex special force
with more love left for animals than for... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Norwegian
3.0 out of 5 stars What Could Of Been....
2 fantastic actors, a great story, good locations. This could of been such a good film, if they had drawn it out
more and fleshed out the characters. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Rappers
3.0 out of 5 stars Kind of wierd
Bought this DVD and then misplaced it. Hunted until I found it and put it somewhere safe until I was ready to watch it. Guess what? Couldn't find it. Hunted again. Found it again. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Philip Church
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful.
A complete waste of time and the DVD has already been dumped!!! There's not a lot more to say except don't bother to buy it.
Published 16 months ago by Roundabouter
2.0 out of 5 stars Predictable and Generic is an Understatement.
What a waste of two talented actors by the talented director of "The French Connection", William Friedkin, who's creative powers have clearly lessened to more generic chase fodder. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Bob Salter
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD
Was bought as a gift the person really enjoyed this film the price was very good and it was delivered very fast. Read more
Published on 1 Dec 2011 by Ms. Colleen L. Bennett
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