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Steve Austin stars as U.S. Border Patrol agent Jim Rhodes, a tough divorce mourning the loss of his murdered partner while struggling to raise his rebellious daughter in the mountains of Montana. But when a crew of trigger-happy fugitives takes Rhodes and his daughter hostage, a rugged wilderness will explode in all-terrain vengeance. Is there any wounded animal more dangerous than a lawman left for dead? Written by
Near the end when Banks takes the flare gun he doesn't take any extra flares however he eventually manages to shoot the gun twice without reloading it at all and Rhodes shoots it for a third time at the end still with no extra ammo or being reloaded. See more »
Texas. Somewhere near the border.
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A real stinker, albeit not without one or two gratuitous moments of untimely satisfaction. We open up with a scene, where Jim Rhodes (Steve Austin) from the Mexican border patrol police, just days before moving up North to the Canadian side, loses his partner Lee Davis (Eric Roberts) in a bust gone awry. Normally such an event is introduced to have some significant influence on future events, but in "Hunt to Kill" the death of Lee seems to be utterly inconsequential.
No matter. Jump forward several years and Jim Rhodes is hiking it out on the Canadian border, a bona fide Rambo with a badge. After the best part of the movie: the opening credits, we suddenly get thrown into a money heist led by Banks (Gil Bellows), who has an odd case of on-and-off insanity. After being made over by one their own Lawson (Michael Hogan) they follow him up North to track him down in the wilderness. There they kill a random sheriff and then take Jim and his daughter hostage to initiate a chain of events, which gets multiple people killed for no good reason.
Where to start? Characters are all over the place, lacking any sense of coherence to there actions. Save for one or two of the supporting cast motivations, personal traits and situational reactions are incoherent and change from scene to scene. Much has to do with the fact, that no plausible story is really created, hence situations are created at random to forward the story. From incredulous scene to abysmally moronic scene we wander with the plot into the US-Canadian forest areas, where Steve Austin ultimately goes postal.
Jim Rhodes himself, however likable he may be, fails to ignite a strong lead, instead falls flat due to lack of proper exposure to his actions and reactions. One of special note is the ruthless skewing of two of the kidnappers, despite the fact that their only true crime was following around the mental Banks. Yes, they stole money, but you got the feeling that the punishment far outdid the actual crime and you honestly start thinking that Rhodes should be imprisoned for his wanton vigilantism.
On the plus side the movie gives a good dosage of laughs thanks to some sixty-feet watch-rope (watch it to believe it), goodies like composite bows hanging randomly on a tree, appallingly hilarious one-liners and an end scene to die laughing for (when finally Rhodes declares that he hunts to kill!). The longer the movie goes the funnier it gets and I for one can say that those kinds of movies can be really entertaining. An additional bonus are some exquisite location shots of the foresty highlands areas.
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