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Overall Rating
2.34

Awesome: 14%
Worth A Look: 4%
Average: 24%
Pretty Bad: 18%
Total Crap40%

3 reviews, 32 user ratings



Hunted, The (2003)
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by wintermute

"I guess Benecio needed the paycheck.."
1 stars

Because I can find no other reason for an actor of his ability to be a part of this pointless, shallow film. Of course, Del Toro isn't the only one slumming - Tommy Lee Jones and William Friedkin are along for the featureless ride. It is painfully obvious that no one involved in this film ever sat through it from beginning to end, because if they had, their brains would have exploded.

First of all, the entire opening sequence was completely unnecessary. I don't think there is an audience in the world that
enjoys seeing innocent men, women and children machine-gunned as they lay helpless in mass graves, let alone see it 4
or 5 times
in the first 10 minutes of a pointless action-thriller! What message am I supposed to take out of this?
Killing is bad? Not exactly the most cohesive train of thought for a movie about an unstoppable killing machine being
hunted by the man who made him an unstoppable killing machine.

Tommy Lee Jones spends much of the film hunched over and dragging his hands like some kind of giant simian with a
back condition. His quick, one word answers to pretty much any question thrown his way do little to establish any kind of
character or back story. In fact, the pathetic attempts to establish a history between Jone's and Del Toro through
repetitive, mustachioed flashbacks is matched only by the feebleness of the 'girlfriend and daughter-without-a-father' subplot that completely fails to flesh out our assassin.

In fact, the entire screen play is a skeleton with bits of rotting flesh tacked here and there in place of plot or character. Whether or not Del Toro is justified in his murderous actions is never really touched upon as he slashes his way through chubby FBI officials and scared-looking elk hunters. If perhaps the ambiguity of his moral state was developed into a serious question to be posed by the filmmaker to the audience, then this would be ok. However, Friedkin appears to have simply forgotten that in order for someone to be an anti-hero, there must be a defined ethical structure to situate such a character in, and other than the 'soldier who's seen too much killing' cliche, none is present. Jone's vacant stares and lonerish tendencies do nothing to inspire in me that desire to see him succeed, or even survive. In the words of my fellow moviegoer, the film was about nothing - it was merely a bunch of stuff that happened.

And that would be ok, if the 'stuff that happened' was interesting - but instead, we fall victim to a confused, plotless jumble that probably started out as a doodle on a napkin in an isolated Alaskan cabin during a hunting trip. Save your money, turn on the Discovery Channel and watch a documentary about salmon spawning.

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originally posted: 03/18/03 09:21:52
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User Comments

9/22/17 morris campbell good action thats it 2 stars
4/16/14 Charles Tatum Violent, by-the-numbers actioner 3 stars
8/05/13 mr.mike Read Ebert's review. I agree with it 4 stars
11/02/12 Monday Morning All action, no story worth caring about. 2 stars
8/19/09 Jeff Wilder Good knife fight scenes. But weak script. 2 stars
5/18/08 PAUL SHORTT AN UNPLEASANT ACTION SUSPENSER 1 stars
11/11/05 Ivorbigun Just One Word CRAP ! 1 stars
10/19/05 R.W.Welch Predictable chase movie has only a few original touches. 2 stars
2/03/05 Jeff Anderson A THRILLING ACTION MASTERPIECE! Jones & Del Toro are great & Friedkin's an awesome director 5 stars
8/16/04 Dallas Moye Well, I loved this film 5 stars
2/08/04 ladeela yea its really gay 1 stars
12/20/03 john Friedkin can and should do better than this - still prety solid overall 3 stars
12/10/03 Joe Boring, predictable, and lots of lemming behavior 1 stars
11/04/03 Taylor Fladgate Boring and predictable. 2 stars
10/18/03 Jinnvisible First Blood was socio-political-romance,man betrayed by country,,,,,but this just SUCKS!!! 1 stars
9/04/03 eddie I deem it worthy, because i would love to kill all you m.f's - kali style,nigga. 5 stars
8/23/03 Chi-Fan Hu So So movie. 3 stars
6/14/03 Colin Selby SUCKS BIG TIME 1 stars
5/23/03 Stephanie Throckmorton Wow, what a romp! (and I never even much liked Tommy Lee Jones or Benicio del Toro before) 5 stars
5/13/03 Mr. Hatd (I'm Back, Mo'fos!!!) The concept of killing poachers & hunters, the cast, and the action are classic! 5 stars
4/03/03 Dr. Gonzo Not great but a nice evening of fun. Well made good actors. Cliche though. 3 stars
3/28/03 Rambo's a Faggot First Blood was the stupidest movie ever made. This has OOMPH, & good actors. Surprisingly 4 stars
3/26/03 Ken I liked it the first time...when it was called "First Blood." 2 stars
3/26/03 snowconehead I liked Del Toro better when I couldn't understand what he said 3 stars
3/25/03 Tinker An amazing movie-reviewed from the "WRONG perspective!-its not about a story...FOOLS. 5 stars
3/23/03 Winthrop J Applesmythe III meh. 2 stars
3/19/03 Mattt Clingerman Fugutive, US Marshalls, what movie am i watching? 1 stars
3/18/03 ^ZuLu^ Stereotypes, clichés and no message. Entertainment was ok but I expected more. 2 stars
3/18/03 Fenster Gimme the fuggin' knife, ya fuggin' cocksuckah! 2 stars
3/17/03 Peter Suddenly, crap doesn't seem so bad. 1 stars
3/15/03 Slice Bladework a bit dull. Expected better. 3 stars
3/13/03 mr. shhh del torro vs. jones+combat knife fighting=GARAUNTEED quality. 5 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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