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PCR # 156  (Vol. 4, No. 12)  This edition is for the week of March 17--23, 2003.

This Week's PCR
Movie Review
"The Hunted"

Movie review by:
Michael A. Smith
One star!

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Paramount     
Starring: Tommy Lee Jones and Benecio Del Toro
Directed by: William Friedkin
Rated: R
Running Time: 1 hour 34 mins

The ads for "The Hunted" advertise it as being from "the Academy Award winning director" William Friedkin. What they don't mention is that Friedkin won his Oscar over 30 years ago for "The French Connection." He had one more great movie left in him ("The Exorcist") and a few good ones ("Sorcerer," "To Live and Die in L.A."). Take it from me when I say "The Hunted" won't be putting any awards on Friedkin's mantle anytime soon.

A bad combination of "First Blood" and "The Fugitive," "The Hunted" is the story of a vet gone bad who only wants to be understood while killing innocent people along the way. The first part of the film is such a rip off of "First Blood" that I kept expecting Richard Crenna to show up. In a nutshell, Del Torro is a former soldier who has seen too much. After wreaking havoc on a Pacific northwest town (another "First Blood" rip off) it is determined that only the man who trained him (Jones) can bring him in. After he is captured he escapes after a bizarre accident (a salute to "The Fugitive") and now it is up to Jones to find him. At this point, ol' Tommy Lee pulls out every one of his "Fugitive" tricks. I kept expecting him to go into his "search every out house, hen house and fire house" speech.

What follows is a series of little adventures between the two that you know 30 minutes into the film can only end one way. Sadly, there is at least another hour of movie left to watch, an hour that is drenched in so much blood and mayhem that you are left wondering how much of the film's budget went to Karo syrup and red food coloring!

Both Del Torro and Jones own Academy Awards. Jones, ironically, won his for "The Fugitive." Maybe that's why he took this script........it was familiar. And while Jones seems to be trying Del Torro seems bored. This is his first film since winning the Oscar for "Traffic," and I can only hope that his agent said, "do this one for the money," because he deserves so much more. The fact that so many talented people worked on this film makes my disappointment in it even greater. On a scale of zero to four stars I give "The Hunted"  


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