Hunting Del Toro

2006-03-30 11:58

We first meet Aaron Hallam (Benicio Del Toro) in 1999, during the bloodiest of the fighting in Kosovo. As part of a covert U.S. Special Forces operation, Aaron kills a Serbian officer who has ordered atrocities against Albanian civilians. Awarded the Silver Star for valour for this murder, Aaron feels no honour and is tormented by nightmares.

In 2003, light years from what happened in Kosovo, we meet L.T. Bonham (Tommy Lee Jones) tracking an injured wolf through the bright white snows of northernmost British Columbia. Once he undoes the trap and treats the wolf's wound, the outraged L.T. marches into the nearest tavern and gives a beating to the man who set the trap.

A thousand miles to the south, in the green woods of Silver Falls, Oregon, L.T.'s former student, Aaron Hallam - now AWOL from the Special Forces - keeps his own brand of wildlife vigil. Now deeply disturbed, Aaron has begun killing deer hunters, infuriated by their use of high powered scopes and rifles, which he sees as evil and unfair.

The FBI, led by Special Agent Abby Durrell (Connie Nielsen) are desperate to track down the killer. They call in the one man who can track him - the man who trained him. Accepting the assignment on the condition he works alone, L.T. walks into the woods - unarmed, as if tracking another wounded wolf. His final words: "If I'm not back in two days, it'll mean I'm dead."

As L.T. and Aaron prepare to confront each other, neither can say with certainty who is the hunted and who is the hunter...and who will ultimately emerge as victor.

What the critics are saying:

"William Friedkin's chase thriller is enjoyable, macho action nonsense, held together by nifty pacing and reliable performances."
- Martyn Glanville, BBCi

"It's not a bad movie - it's energetic and perfectly watchable - but the screenplay...turns out to have very little plot."
- Abbie Bernstein,

"This is schlock, by-the-numbers action that ignores character development to the point where we find it hard to care whether L.T. catches Hallam..."
- James Berardinelli, ReelViews

In terms of screenplay The Hunted might as well be called Rambo XXIV. Nonetheless it's quite fun, and at times even gripping, to watch Tommy Lee chase Benicio around the countryside.

nazley hercules 2003/07/14 12:14 PM
the hunted very good movie, it poses the question do we need a special ops in the army and this is what happens when one goes AWOL the hunted
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