James Milstead’s review published on Letterboxd:
THE HUNTED (15)
D: William Friedkin
Paramount/Lakeshore/Alphaville (Ricardo Mestres & James Jacks)
USA 🇺🇸 2003
W: David Griffiths, Peter Griffiths & Ari Monterastelli
DP: Caleb Deschanel
Ed: Augie Hess
Mus: Brian Tyler
Tommy Lee Jones (L.T. Bonham), Benicio del Toro (Aaron Hallam), Connie Nielsen (Abby Durrell), Leslie Stefanson (Irene Kravitz), John Finn (Ted Chenoweth)
The general plot points from The Most Dangerous Game and The Fugitive are merged for this humdrum action thriller directed by William Friedkin.
Tommy Lee Jones plays an FBI agent who must locate the whereabouts of Aaron Hallam, a dangerous assassin he personally trained, who has now gone rogue and is killing civilians.
It's your usual cat-and-mouse stuff set against a picturesque Oregon backdrop, but it's a cookie cutter plot from a director who was once capable of much better.
The performances are fine, though the characters lack any depth. Tommy Lee Jones is practically reprising the Samuel Gerard role (from The Fugitive), but it really doesn't work since his stunt double is totally unconvincing. Benicio del Toro is the best thing about this movie, doing the best he can with a very weak script.