The Hunted: Andrew Cooper
Gregory Kirschling
August 15, 2003 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, ActionAdventure

We gave it a C+

There’s a moment, about 30 minutes into The Hunted, when Oscar winners Benicio Del Toro and Tommy Jones go mano a mano with just a serrated-edge filet blade between the two of them, and director William Friedkin’s gory thriller springs ferociously alive. Most of what’s left, however, is derivative and unintentionally funny. Jones redoes his ”Fugitive” role as a combat instructor hunting his gone-loco former pupil, Del Toro, who — a bit more ambitiously — channels the whole last 20 minutes of ”Apocalypse Now,” brooding in the shadows like Brando’s Kurtz when he’s not slithering around with a knife like Martin Sheen. At least the leafy Oregon locations are pretty. EXTRAS Four documentaries, six deleted scenes, and one director’s commentary, none of them as delicious as the two rather delightfully bad lines of film dialogue preserved forever in the theatrical trailer.

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