Echoing Francis Ford Coppola's APOCALYPSE NOW, William Friedkin's THE HUNTED opens with a close-up of the protagonist, Aaron Hallam (Benicio Del Toro), a Special Ops soldier who is witnessing atrocities in Kosovo. His battle stress soon turns him into a killing machine, as he murders hunters in the Oregon woods. Meanwhile, L.T. Bonham (Tommy Lee Jones) is living a solitary existence in the Pacific Northwest, rescuing wolves and living off the land. The Feds lure Bonham out of retirement, since he was responsible for training Hallam--and might be the only person alive who can stop him.
Combining elements of RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD, in which Richard Crenna played the only man who could stop the battle-fatigued Sylvester Stallone, with THE PARK IS MINE, in which Jones played a Vietnam veteran who took over Central Park and booby-trapped it, THE HUNTED is an exciting chase film that is infused with a compelling streak of humanity amid all the blood and gore. Del Toro and Jones are both excellent, conveying a father-and-son-like relationship that is filled with intrigue. Johnny Cash's talk-rendition of Bob Dylan's "Highway 61" opens and closes the film with gusto.
William Friedkin - Oscar winning American director, THE FRENCH CONNECTION
Art Monterastelli - Screenwriter, THE HUNTED (2003)
Peter Griffiths - Screenwriter, COLLATERAL DAMAGE (2002)
Johnny Cash - American C&W Singer/Actor; The Man in Black
Jose Zuniga - Actor/"Crooklyn"
Jenna Boyd - Actor, THE HUNTED (2003)
Tommy Lee Jones - American actor
Tom Lee Jones - American actor
James Jacks - Executive Producer
Jim Jacks - Executive Producer
Caleb Deschanel - Director/Director of Photography
Brian Tyler - Composer
Benicio Del Toro - Actor, TRAFFIC (2000)
David Griffiths - Screenwriter, COLLATERAL DAMAGE (2002)
Theatrical Release: March 14, 2003
"...The landscapes of wilderness, city, and movie-set Kosovo are finely delineated by cinematographer Caleb Deschanel..." - 03/21/2003 Entertainment Weekly, p.82
"...As Jones tracks Del Toro, the movie stays close to their immediate physical experience....Surprisingly effective..." - 04/06/2003 Chicago Sun-Times, p.5
"...The visceral violence is razor sharp..." - 07/01/2003 Total Film, p.95
"...An efficient nuts-and-bolts thriller....Shot with striking thematic continuity....This is muscular film-making at its most instinctive..." - 08/01/2003 Sight and Sound, p.47-8