Hunted, The (2003)

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2

Content: -3

In this action film, retired deep woods tracker and warfare instructor L.T. Bonham (Tommy Lee Jones) teams up with FBI agent Abby Durrell (Connie Nielsen) to help find a killer who is targeting deer hunters in the Pacific Northwest. The clues suggest that its Aaron Hallam (Benicio Del Toro), a former student of Bonhams and a master at camouflage and knife play. Bonham is the only one qualified to track him, since he taught him all his moves. Hallam is wiping out the hunters because he hates them for killing animals for sport. Bonham finds Hallams hideout and inside a Bible open to the passage in Genesis where God commands Abraham to kill his son, Hallams apparent justification for his killings. The chase continues from the back woods to the big city as master and student try to outsmart each other.

The Hunted is a gory film with violent scene after violent scene: innocent people murdered in the war in Kosovo, fear shown on the faces of women and children, a dog caught in a hunters trap, a police officer murdered by a knife to the neck, and a hunters face getting slashed with a knife, to name a few. With the U.S. on the brink of war, this films release may be poor timing with its savage and sometimes repulsive warfare. Many of the scenes are not easy to watch. One man examines pictures of murdered, dismembered people and body parts. In the beginning of the film, Gods conversation with Abraham is quoted but it is misquoted; its unclear why. Due to the graphic, excessively brutal violence and foul language, Preview cannot recommend The Hunted.

Preview Reviewer: Lynn Nusser
Paramount Pictures

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: few times (2) A hole, hell

Obscene Language: several times (8) S-word 3, BS 1, F-word 4

Profanity: few times (2) GD, JC

Violence: many times and most of them are very bloody innocent people murdered in war scenes, man gets stabbed in neck and face, hunter gets slashed in face and murdered, hunter murdered but not shown, pictures of murdered people and body parts, Feds murdered when prisoner escapes, police officers stabbed, innocent people shoved during chase scenes, two main characters in bloody fight scene.

Sex: none.

Nudity: none.

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: none.

Drugs: mild an old man adds alcohol to whatever he already has in his cup.

Other: man gives middle finger gesture, man vomits after getting off helicopter, Bible is misquoted.

Running Time: 94 minutes
Intended Audience: adults

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