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The Hunted
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Oct 5, 2004 By: Indiana Sev
The Hunted order
Director:
William Friedkin

Actors:
Tommy Lee Jones
Benicio Del Toro
Connie Nielsen

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A trained assassin (Del Toro) who’s lost his marbles goes on a killing spree and, as always, there is only one man who can track the nut down. Drumroll please...Tommy Lee Jones!! They might as well call him by his real name from now on because he’s been playing the same character over and over again since THE FUGITIVE (see also: DOUBLE JEOPARDY and U.S. MARSHALLS).
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Once brilliant and respected director Bill Friedkin has now sold out on his last two films. The man behind such monumental and important films as THE EXORCIST and THE FRENCH CONNECTION is now churning out boring and extremely ordinary duds like THE RULES OF ENGAGEMENT and now, THE HUNTED. If you’re crazy enough to trade your money in to rent this movie then please make sure to not only throw all logic out the window, but to book it a one-way flight to Paris, France, that is how obscenely unbelievable the situations (in particular Jones’ intuitive “tracking” methods) are in this film. I wasn’t born yesterday okay? I know when a movie is jerking me off. Incidentally, Jones wasn’t born yesterday either, he looks like he’s 80 in the film, yikes!

Knockout Danish actress Nielsen also better get herself a new agent as this is her second throwaway role in a row ( the other being the Travolta stinker BASIC). I know she wants to get her name out there, but at what price? Her FBI agent part was completely useless, but I must admit that I loved watching her parade around in tight jeans and sweaters (it was the only thing of interest in the film). Del Toro smoothly cashes another paycheck and hopes Hollywood and his fans will forgive him for this folly. I know I forgive him, Benicio is as badass and creepy as always, but it’s of no use in a film this laughably predictable and flat.
THE EXTRAS
Director Friedkin starts things off with a bang with an audio commentary. William comes off as decent enough guy but, damn, he’s long-winded. Next on the program are 4 documentaries on the making of The Hunted.

Pursuing The Hunted: Cast & crew talk about the film. You know the drill. Why exactly did they call these things “documentaries” anyway ? To make it sound more professional and interesting, I suppose. This is an 8-minute featurette people...call a spade a spade. You’re not fooling anyone.

Filming The Hunted: Nine minutes of Friedkin and friends getting into the technical side of shooting an action/adventure yarn and trying to make it as exciting and compact as possible. It was compact for sure at 94 minutes, as far as exciting…em, no.

Tracking The Hunted: Real life tracker Tom Brown (and the film’s technical advisor) tells us (in 4 minutes) how real the tracking methods and survival techniques are in the film.

The Cutting Edge: This featurette (I refuse to call it a documentary) is about 8-minutes of The Hunted crew going over the various stunts they pulled off and the locales they shot in.

Moving along, there are 8 deleted scenes packed onto the disc. If you enjoyed the movie, then by all means watch these cut scenes, I wasn’t very interested in seeing deleted scenes that were surely to be even lamer then the film itself. The theatrical trailer and some previews are what’s left on these extras.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
A tedious action film with zero momentum, originality and intensity. You should certainly not buy this and if at all possible, don’t waste your dough renting it either. Even the extras weren’t particularly fun. This is just one big waste of your precious time.
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