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The Hunted | 2003 | R | - 0.8.5

After a particularly brutal mission in Kosovo a special forces soldier (Benicio Del Toro) suffers the effects of battle stress and hides in the wilderness killing deer hunters, convinced that they've been dispatched to kill him. Sent to track him down is the deep-woods tracker who trained him (Tommy Lee Jones) and an FBI agent (Connie Nielsen). Also with Jenna Boyd and Leslie Stefanson. [1:34]

SEX/NUDITY 0 - A man invites a woman to visit him; nothing sexual is implied.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 8 - A man stabs a man in the throat, blood spurts and sprays, and then he slashes him several more times, as the man struggles, gurgles and dies. We see a village in flames and people run through the streets screaming in fear. Soldiers line people up and shoot them in the back, and we see a little girl watch as her mother is shot repeatedly and falls into a hole filled with other bloody bodies. There are charred corpses and remains of bodies littering streets, and a little girl walks within many dead bodies and touches one dead woman's face (we see parts of this scene again when a man has flashbacks). A man with a gun drawn approaches a man standing behind a pole (blood drips from his hand) and as the man gets close enough to touch him, the body falls to the floor dead and another man jumps out of the shadows and stabs the man in the neck (blood spurts and he screams). A man throws a knife that hits another man in the throat (blood spurts, we see him lying in a pool of blood and watch him die). We see photographs of bloody, dismembered bodies and we hear a detailed description of their evisceration. A man in handcuffs and shackles grabs another man around the throat, shoots another man in the head (blood sprays and pours from his head), kicks another man and the van they are traveling in tips over and crashes; the restrained man then breaks a man's arm and sprays something up his nose that kills him (the three dead men are blood-stained). Two armed men chase another man through a forest; one man is slashed on the cheek with a knife (we see blood and he falls to the ground), one man steps in a hole and his foot is caught in a trap (we see wire cutting into his leg and blood), we hear one man scream in the distance and watch as another man tries to get away from someone approaching him, and then we hear him scream. A woman holds a gun on a man, the man jumps out a window and is chased by another man, and one man speeds away in a car while the other man chases on foot; the man in the car drives recklessly through streets, on sidewalks, crashing into many other cars, and nearly hitting pedestrians. Two men fight in several scenes: In one scene, one man's hand is slashed with a knife, the men struggle holding a knife over each other and they end up getting slashed in other body parts: one is slashed a couple of times across the abdomen (blood spurts), one is slashed across the face, one is slashed on the arm, one is stabbed in the leg, one in the shoulder, one is stabbed right through the arm (we see the blade tip poking out and his arm is soaked with blood), and one is stabbed in the chest (he falls back on the ground and is covered with blood). In another fight scene they kick, punch and flip each other, one pulls a knife and slashes back and forth at the other man, one man is hit in the head with a tree limb, and the two men struggle on the ground with over a knife. A man is stabbed in the leg by a wooden stake and dangles over a waterfall by a vine tied around his ankle; he cuts himself free and falls into the rapids below. A wolf is trapped in a snare, we see his very bloody paw and bloody tracks in snow, and the wolf snarls aggressively as a man approaches him. A man wraps a wire around another man's neck and slams his head into a table (he now lies motionless). A man is nearly hit by two logs that swing and crash together. A woman is covered with a man's blood. A man throws a knife that sails past two men and pierces a tree trunk. Two men are nearly hit by passing traffic when they come up through a manhole in a busy city street. We see a few scenes of a man training soldiers to kill with a knife: the training includes very specific details about where on the body to strike to disable a target. Two men jump onto a moving train. One man grabs a man and holds a knife to his throat. Two men climb up a tower while being shot at by people on the ground and one man jumps into water below. A man is shot with a tranquilizer dart and falls to the ground. A man swims through rapids. There are many tense scenes when a man is tracking another man through thick forest, through city streets and underground constructions. Two men make knives. There is a discussion of a man having killed a man and his entire family. We hear bombs falling in the distance and people cringe. A man gags and presumably vomits after flying in a helicopter. A man suffers from a fear of heights.


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LANGUAGE 5 - 5 F-words, 1 obscene hand gesture, 6 scatological terms, 1 anatomical term, 3 mild obscenities, 1 religious profanity, 1 religious exclamation.


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SUBSTANCE USE - People are shown drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - The story of Abraham, covert military operations, ethnic cleansing, Vietnam, NATO, Kosovo, assassination, military training, trust, desperation, battle stress, homelessness, loneliness, fear, hunting.

MESSAGE - It is difficult to be a trained assassin only part time. Soldiers cannot turn off their lethal military training when the mission is over; instead, it sometimes leads to paranoia.

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