August 25, 1995 at 04:00 AM EDT

The Hunted

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
94 minutes
Wide Release Date
03/14/03
performer
Benicio Del Toro, Tommy Lee Jones, Connie Nielsen, Ron Canada, John Finn, Leslie Stefanson, Mark Pellegrino, Jose Zuniga
director
William Friedkin
distributor
Paramount Pictures
author
David Griffiths, Peter Griffiths
genre
Mystery and Thriller, Action Adventure

Screenwriter J.F. Lawton (Pretty Woman, Under Siege) combines romance and action in The Hunted, the tale of a businessman targeted by, believe it or not, ninja assassins. Christopher Lambert is likable as the normal guy who gets a crash course in swordplay (though you’d think he’d gotten decapitation out of his system with the Highlander series). But the star’s effort is wasted: Writer-director Lawton screws up his own plot twists with a plodding artiness, continually applying the brakes on a film that yearns to go into overdrive. C

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