The Hunted Reviews
A chase movie with lots of bloody action.
In way of plot, the movie doesn't get to detailed. Benicio Del Toro is a special forces soldier running amok in the woods and Tommy Lee Jones, his former trainer, is brought in to bring him down. Easy enough, but it is made better by up close and personal knife fights.
Director William Friedkin brings a visceral quality to the very tense one on one scenes involving the fight scenes.
It also helps that the scenery looks terrific, taking place mainly in a forest setting. Then there's Connie Nielson in a supporting role and enough rugged looks from both Jones and Del Toro.
L.T.: He's unusual. He can kill anybody without regret. Most of the people he killed never knew he was in the same room as them.
A brute of a psychological thriller, it explores the psychotic bloodlust of a special forces assassin as his mental instabiity brings out his primal animal instincts - survival and the urge to kill. His mentor is reclucuntatly brought in to stop his protege, and then the most haunting man hunt in the movies begins.
I guess the thrill and horror laced imagery and feeling is attriubted to Friedkin's directing skills - the director of the Exorcist, so no surprise that if you do watch this flick, you would feel a scary tingle in your spine or chest.
Th movie is essentially a lengthly man hunt - its strong point from me was its imagery and tension which vibrates and moves like a restless wind, sometimes a light breeze, then suddenly a raging tempest. theres not much of a script, but then again, when I thought about it, its not essential either, the way this movie was made.
Its interesting..... I thought a lot about this just by watching the movie and "reading" and watching the scenes, not listening to an ambient script or wondering whats going on - in effect, its a reflexive, instantaneous and to my point of view, as simple as lifting a hammer up and then banging a nail into a piece of wood. Thats how I see it - a scene which is compared to the action of lifting up the hammer, then finally coming down with such a force to drive a nail in, which are of course the high tension action scenes. Its also very gory and there is a feeling of bloodlust and primal rage.... a movie which works on the basic instincts within a person. Benicio Del Toro is wonderful as the chilling killer, a man consumed by his training and experiences, becoming a sociopathic killing machine.... with no sense of turning off unless he is killed. tommy lee Jones is his mentor, and does what he does best, a gritty, tough as nails surviour and hunter, determined to stop his former pupil, knowing that he had a part in creating this horror.
Interesting concepts...... and interesting experiment of film making. Lucky it had a great cast backing it up or it could have been worse.
William Friedkin's "The Hunted" is fast paced, brutal, exceedingly smart, cunning and dark. It's not a completely original and at some points feel like across between Rambo: First blood and "The Fugitive. But that's okay because even though you get that strange feeling that you've seen it before you will still be very so entertained and trilled by this edgy and gritty film.
Benicio Del Toro is cunning, ruthless and deadly as villain of this film but Del Toro is so much more even if at first he may seem like a run of the mill psycho. But Del Toro proves to be more, allot more. Tommy Lee Jones is kind of a let down because it seems he's playing Sam Gerard again just with military training and amazing tracking skills. But Tommy Lee Jones is not a complete waste the fight scenes between him and Del Toro are enough to make you stop comparing his character in this film(Bonham) to his character in "The Fugitive" and start watching the most intense cat and mouse game you'll ever seen. The cast is exceptional under the careful direction of William Friedkin and really stand out as top notch in this nail biting thriller.
"The Hunted" may not impress you at first glance but once you get into it you will be sucked into a world of intensity, gritty on the edge fights, breath taking chases and twist at every turn. "The Hunted" will not fail to impress you or give you what you want and maybe even a little more, all in all it's the perfect example of one on one fights and how sometimes your best student can be your worst enemy.