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Hunted, The (2003)

Reviewed By wintermute
Posted 03/18/03 09:21:52

"I guess Benecio needed the paycheck.."
1 stars (Total Crap)

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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