Video Review

The Hunted

MPAA Rating: R

Details Movie Rated: R; Genres: Action/Adventure, Mystery and Thriller; With: Benicio Del Toro, Tommy Lee Jones and Connie Nielsen; Distributor: Paramount Pictures

Screenwriter J.F. Lawton (Pretty Woman, Under Siege) combines romance and action in The Hunted, the tale of a businessman targeted by, believe it or not, ninja assassins. Christopher Lambert is likable as the normal guy who gets a crash course in swordplay (though you'd think he'd gotten decapitation out of his system with the Highlander series). But the star's effort is wasted: Writer-director Lawton screws up his own plot twists with a plodding artiness, continually applying the brakes on a film that yearns to go into overdrive. C

Originally posted Aug 25, 1995 Published in issue #289-290 Aug 25, 1995 Order article reprints

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