The Hunted

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Thrillers

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A one-time instructor for US Special Forces, LT (Jones) taught men how to kill. Now his lessons are coming back to haunt him. A former charge, Hallam (Del Toro), unhinged by witnessing atrocities in Kosovo, is carving a trail of murder across mountainous Oregon. LT is called out of retirement to bring him in. There might be echoes of First Blood here, as a military killing machine runs out of control, but Friedkin's lean, mean thriller shows itself more interested in process than context, subtlety and character development pared away in favour of headlong momentum and crunching set pieces. This stark approach risks testosterone fuelled hysteria or even banality, but the leads have a seriousness of presence which compels attention, as does the resourcefulness with which the hunt scythes though credible rural and urban environments. It's no frills, old school stuff and refreshing as such, given that so many current action movies seem like CGI demos. To cavil at the lack of substance or emotional involvement is beside the point. Friedkin cuts to the chase with abrasive integrity.
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Release details

UK release:

2003

Duration:

94 mins

Cast and crew

Editor:

Augie Hess

Director:

William Friedkin

Producer:

Ricardo Mestres, James Jacks

Screenwriter:

Peter Griffiths, Art Monterastelli, David Griffiths

Production Designer:

William Cruse

Cast:

Connie Nielsen, Benicio Del Toro, Tommy Lee Jones

Cinematography:

Caleb Deschanel

Music:

Brian Tyler

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Sean

LT lets his emotional guard down once in his life, letting in Hallam as the son he never had. Then when he has to try and track him down and kill him, you can feel the pain. Hallam clearly doesn't want to fight LT to the death, either, but he has no choice. I found this movie to be very emotionally affecting without deliberately trying to pull at your heartstrings -- understated but effective. Excellent film.

Sean

LT lets his emotional guard down once in his life, letting in Hallam as the son he never had. Then when he has to try and track him down and kill him, you can feel the pain. Hallam clearly doesn't want to fight LT to the death, either, but he has no choice. I found this movie to be very emotionally affecting without deliberately trying to pull at your heartstrings -- understated but effective. Excellent film.