The Hunted

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Overview

A rogue special-forces soldier is tracked down by his former mentor in this action thriller from director William Friedkin The French Connection, The Exorcist. In his first role since winning a Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 2001, Benicio del Toro stars as Aaron Hallam, one of the U.S. military's most skilled hand-to-hand combat operatives. In the years following his successful assassination of a Serbian warlord in late-'90s Kosovo, Hallam finds himself plagued by traumatic flashbacks of death and destruction, so...
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Overview

A rogue special-forces soldier is tracked down by his former mentor in this action thriller from director William Friedkin The French Connection, The Exorcist. In his first role since winning a Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 2001, Benicio del Toro stars as Aaron Hallam, one of the U.S. military's most skilled hand-to-hand combat operatives. In the years following his successful assassination of a Serbian warlord in late-'90s Kosovo, Hallam finds himself plagued by traumatic flashbacks of death and destruction, so much so that when he finally returns home, he regresses into a feral, survivalist state in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. There, he deliberately and elaborately hunts and kills poachers who happen to cross his path. When the FBI investigates the murders, they call in the man who taught Hallam everything he knows: retiree L.T. Bonham Tommy Lee Jones. As the instructor pursues his unhinged former pupil, Bonham begins to learn about key events in Hallam's life that pushed him over the edge.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by director William Friedkin; 4 documentarues on the making of The Hunted:; Pursuing The Hunted; Filming The Hunted; Tracking The Hunted; The cutting edge; 6 deleted scenes; Theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Edgy and suspenseful, with bursts of shocking violence, this cat-and-mouse thriller represents a welcome return to form for director William Friedkin, the erstwhile wunderkind whose early successes The French Connection and The Exorcist preceded a string of highly uneven films, many of them box-office flops. The Hunted demonstrates that Friedkin hasn’t lost the knack of keeping viewers on the edge of their seats. Tommy Lee Jones plays L. T. Bonham, a former trainer of Special Forces assassins recruited by a beleaguered FBI agent Connie Nielsen to help track down one of Bonham’s former pupils, Aaron Hallam Benicio Del Toro, who is currently using his skills to murder hunters in the Oregon wilderness. L.T. recognizes all too well how difficult this will be: Hallam is not only extraordinarily talented, he’s also younger, faster, stronger, and possibly even smarter than his teacher. A great deal of The Hunted seems to have been "borrowed" from the original Rambo story, First Blood. But Friedkin and his stars make the story their own. Jones is excellent in the way he suggests a nagging fear that, as a middle-aged man, he might not be equal to the task assigned him. And yet, feeling somehow responsible for Hallam, he pushes on. For his part, Del Toro plays the deranged assassin with sincerity, conviction, and even warmth. This last trait is obvious in his scenes with Leslie Stefanson, who’s excellent as the single mother who seems to be Hallam’s only intimate friend. Friedkin stages the pursuit with great skill; every time he teeters on the brink of incredulity, he pulls himself back. The result is a grimly realistic but oddly compelling chase film.
Washington Post
A good ride, briskly paced, well played and vividly photographed. Rita Kempley
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
1/2
What makes the movie fresh is that it doesn't stand back and regard its pursuit as an exercise, but stays very close to the characters and focuses on the actual physical reality of their experience.
Los Angeles Times
The film has great forward thrust -- Friedkin's a full-throttle guy -- and the director knows where to put the camera. Manohla Dargis

1/2
What makes the movie fresh is that it doesn't stand back and regard its pursuit as an exercise, but stays very close to the characters and focuses on the actual physical reality of their experience.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/21/2013
  • UPC: 883929311651
  • Original Release: 2003
  • Rating:

  • Source: Paramount Catalog
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:34:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 28,638

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tommy Lee Jones L.T. Bonham
Benicio Del Toro Aaron Hallam
Connie Nielsen Abby Durrell
Leslie Stefanson Irene
Jenna Boyd Loretta
Technical Credits
William Friedkin Director
David Griffiths Screenwriter
Peter Griffiths Screenwriter
William McConnell Consultant/advisor
Art Monterastelli Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Hunted
1. Chapter 1
2. Chapter 2
3. Chapter 3
4. Chapter 4
5. Chapter 5
6. Chapter 6
7. Chapter 7
8. Chapter 8
9. Chapter 9
10. Chapter 10
11. Chapter 11
12. Chapter 12
13. Chapter 13
14. Chapter 14
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Disc #1 -- The Hunted
   The Hunted: Chapters
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    First Blood retread, but w/the original ending

    What I mean by my headline is that in the book by David Morrell, which was the basis for the film, Trautman kills Rambo in the final scene as if he was putting down a rabid dog. The same goes here. Worked better for the film and also was the reason Kirk Douglas walked off the picture because the producers didn't like the ending. As for the film, although the editing is choppy and the plot is confusing as far as the relationships between the two main characters goes, what stood out the most for me is that the men we train to kill to protect our way of life are human too and we need to help them when they need help. We also need to admit responsibility for the things we make them do in service for God and country. Aside from that, the fight scenes are amazing! Jones and Del Toro trained 5 hours a day in a Philipino martial known as Sayoc Kali to do all of their own fights and it pays off.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Horrible Waste of a good Cast

    The movie starts with the lyrics to a Bob Dylan song( Highway 61 Revisited) "God said to Abraham kill me a son." In this case, more accurately it would have been "God said to Abraham butcher me a movie". Somehow it was both bloody and trite.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Worst movie, I have ever seen, and at the highest price.

    Truly, this movie is the worst of the worst. I feel ripped off.. These S.A.G. folks collected a pay check on U.S. they did not even give a hoot about this idiotic, moron so called movie.. BAD, BAD, MOVIE.. All reviews of it give it any positive mention is in my opinion by Hooey Weird hacks. NO one unconnected could write a good word to this over $20 dollar movie.. It is pure C--p. Also the movie had P.C. big lies too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What's the point?

    If you want to spend time listening to suspense music and watching knife fights...this one's for you! If you're looking for a movie with a plot...keep looking.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Really stinks

    Way too violent. Really made me sick.

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    Posted July 24, 2010

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