Picks and Pans Review: The Hunted
The chase is on in this action thriller, and it just goes on, never pausing for such things as character development, humor and sharp dialogue—all of which distinguished 1993's The Fugitive, a similar but far better film.
L.T. Bonham (Jones), an expert tracker, spends the film trailing Aaron Hallam (Del Toro), a knife-wielding murderer, through Oregon. The hackneyed plot twist that is supposed to make The Hunted matter is that years ago it was Bonham who taught Hallam how to kill when both worked for the U.S. military.
One couldn't care less, given that the film never fleshes out either man. Jones looks rightfully wary and weary (and rather like Richard Nixon with a beard), while Del Toro seems at a loss as to how to approach his role, settling for letting his big brown eyes stay perpetually moist. (R)
BOTTOM LINE: Not worth pursuing