The Hunted

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An all too familiar chase movie that's not worth the talents involved.

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In the green woods of Silver Falls, Oregon, Aaron Hallam, a trained assassin AWOL from the Special Forces, keeps his own brand of wildlife vigil. After brutally slaying four deer hunters in the area, FBI Special Agent Abby Durrell turns to L.T. Bonham-- the one man who may be able to stop him. At first L.T. resists the mission. Snug in retirement, he's closed off to his past, the years he spent in the Special Forces training soldiers to become skilled murderers. But when he realizes that these recent slayings are the work of a man he trained, he feels obligated to stop him. Accepting the assignment under the condition that he works alone, L.T. enters the woods, unarmed--plagued by memories of his best student and riddled with guilt for not responding to Aaron's tortured letters to him as he began to slip over the edge of sanity. Furious as he is with his former mentor for ignoring his pleas for help, 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."

Cast

Tommy Lee Jones
as L.T. Bonham
Benicio Del Toro
as Aaron Hallam
Connie Nielsen
as Abby Durrell
Leslie Stefanson
as Irene Kravitz
John Finn
as Ted Chenowith
José Zúñiga
as Bobby Moret
Ron Canada
as Harry Van Zandt
Mark Pellegrino
as Dale Hewitt
Jenna Boyd
as Loretta Kravitz
Rex Linn
as Powell
Eddie Velez
as Richards
Hank Cartwright
as Construction Foreperson
Gary Taylor
as Tactical Commander
Michael Williamson
as Tactical Agent
Alisha Garric
as Girl at Airport
Bobby Preston
as Boy at Airport
Nathan Zabatka
as Boy at Airport
Jeff Gianola
as TV Reporter
Brent Braun
as FBI Field Agent
Steve Enfield
as FBI Field Agent
Michael White
as Delta Colonel
Mio Drag Jakula
as Serb Commander
Neno Pervan
as Serb Guard
Zoran Radanovich
as Serb Guard
Caitlin Clements
as Girl in Kosovo
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Critic Reviews for The Hunted

All Critics (148) | Top Critics (36) | Fresh (43) | Rotten (105)

  • Ludicrous, plotless, ho-hum tale of lurid confrontation.

    Mar 20, 2003 | Full Review…

    Rex Reed

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  • There's too much talent on-screen and behind the camera for The Hunted to be dull, but it is predictable and disappointing, and we seem to be missing about a half-hour's worth of scenes that would have brought some depths to these characters.

    Mar 18, 2003
  • Essentially a reheating of 1982's First Blood ... but the fallout this time is simultaneously more ruthless, less emotional, and duller.

    Mar 18, 2003
  • By stripping an action thriller this close to the bone, director William Friedkin has removed too much meat.

    Mar 17, 2003
  • This is schlock -- by-the-numbers action that ignores character development to the point where we find it hard to care whether L.T. catches Hallam or whether they end up running after each other until the world ends.

    Mar 16, 2003 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Has so little going for it, you wonder if you've missed something.

    Mar 14, 2003

Audience Reviews for The Hunted

  • Oct 04, 2015
    Confusing and incredibly boring. Do not waste your time on this movie.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 05, 2015
    It's a solid, lean thriller . . . the script isn't anything special, but it works as an vehicle for Friedkin to stage exceptional chase sequences.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 09, 2012
    William Friedkin's <i>The Hunted</i> is an action thriller that starts off well before the slow decline.</p><p>There really isn't much in the way of surprise when it comes to the story, which is probably why a run time just below 90 minutes is appropriate. The concept of an expert survivor tracking another expert works well in the wilderness, but the thrills decrease when the plot decides to move things into a more urban setting.</p><p>The violence is bloody and realistic. The same can be said about the close quarter combat that occurs. <i>The Hunted</i> isn't exactly loaded from start to finish with this stuff; however, there is enough to get by.</p><p>Tommy Lee Jones is a solid selection and plays his role well. Benicio Del Toro's line delivery is a bit awkward which makes him seem like a miscast. Connie Nielsen fills in the rest of the film when it isn't on Jones or Del Toro.</p><p>For what it is, <i>The Hunted</i> is a watchable 90 minute production. Not much more than that.</p>
    JY S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 10, 2012
    Once the movie kicks off it doesn't let you go.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer

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