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|Starring:||Gil Bellows, Christian Slater, Michael Clarke Duncan, Saul Rubinek, Kirsten Robek, Conchita Campbell, Chelah Horsdal|
When it comes to corporate headhunters, Vincent Palmer (Christian Slater, True Romance) is the high-tech industrys go-to guy. For a million-dollar retainer, he always gets his man, whether the prospect wants to change jobs or not. Vincent never takes no for an answer and will do whatever it takes - be it more money, additional perks or the cold-blooded murder of a family member - to make a deal. So when Viztrax executive Ben Keats (Gil Bellows, TVs Ally McBeal) repeatedly turns down Vincents offer to join a rival firm, the psychotic recruiter resorts to harassment, terrorism and violence to get him to change his mind. Only when Vincent promises to kill Keats wife and young daughter, does Ben finally realize that when dealing with a man like Vincent Palmer, he really only has two choices take the job or do a little headhunting himself.
2cents 19 May 2013
I saw this movie in a blockbuster sale and picked it up for a couple ofquid, I am a huge Christian Slater Fan but the last time I did this Ipicked up the god awful 'Run for the Money' (Hard Cash) so I wasn'texpecting much..As a Slater fan 'Pursued' in excellent, he steals every scene that heis in and plays the corporate psycho to perfection. The first 80% ofthis film is a delight and I would highly recommend it to anyone.It is also nice to see Michael Clarke Duncan in a normal acting role,he is so often used as just a big strong enforcer type and yet 'GreenMile' showed so much more, here he gets the opportunity to just act. Asdoes Estelle Warren who is usually just used as a the sexy blonde.Gil Bellows is slightly disappointing and this is partly why I didn'tenjoy the ending but I have seen a hundred movies worse than this andif you are stuck for a flick on a rainy day then this is definitely oneto watch.
matt_in_oz 19 May 2013
In a word, Pursued is terrible. It pushes itself as a high-grade techno-thriller, but falls so farshort of the mark on all fronts it should be an embarrassment to thesolid cast that participated in it. The acting is poor, but more likely than not the result of the factthat the characters in this movie are one dimensional. Gil Bellows plays Ben Keats, a technology genius on the verge ofmarketing a state of the art tracking system. Christian Slater plays an "all or nothing" recruiter trying to get Bento switch jobs. I'd go into detail about what was wrong with this movie, but I can'tbring myself to waste another minute on it. The only Pursued had going for it was the concept of the trackingsystem Ben had developed. That might have been kinda cool. Unfortunately they wrapped it in a really shallow and predictablestalker story with no rhyme or reason. The depiction of the technology is mid 80s and terrible. The onlytechno-component with any credibility is a couple of cameos by Google. The character Ben Keats is pathetic and one dimensional. ChristianSlater's recruiter is not believable, and his sole purpose in lifeappears to be destroying the lives of the people he's recruiting. Nottotally beyond reality, but his portrayal pushes it over the edge. 1/10 - do not waste two hours of your life on this.
cipollne 17 May 2013
I like Christian Slater, I'm a fan. And I understand he may want to tryout a bad-guy role like his co-star John Travolta in Broken Arrow, butthis movie makes Slater annoying. Everywhere you turn - he's there withthat grating voice and midwestern accent and pushy personality.The movie is contrived and predictable. Yes, Slater did a good job ofacting because his character evoked the desired emotions as thepursuer. But the pursuee scientist Ben Keats is a genius in the lab,but is so dumb outside as to be impossible. Never thinks to call thepolice. His wife is equally as dumb to believe obvious contrivedstories of their chance meetings.So about 1/3 of the way into the movie I stopped caring and justwatched to see if the movie really was as predicable as I thought. I amso good, unfortunately, so I wasted 1 hour. Thank you, the movie isonly 95 minutes.
dwharder 16 May 2013
To begin, the movie introduces an (almost) impossible technology. Theprotagonist's company somehow, with only a few million dollars, is ableto hook this technology to three satellites. This already ruins themovie, and it is quite clear from the start that the good guys will usethis technology to overcome the bad guy. The reactions of all thecharacters in the movie are very shallow and one dimensional. Thebalance of the movie is predictable and in the end, when theprotagonist finally use his technology, it does nothing more than tellhim "Oh, the bad guy is here", a shoot-out occurs, and the bad guy getsshot. There isn't even a twist. There isn't even a mention of thesubsequent police investigation -- the protagonist simple is seenwalking out of his new corporate headquarters.Another point which adds to the unbelievability of the entire premiseis that the main antagonist is a surveillance wizard -- he has everyaspect of the life of his target covered. Why then does he leave hisown computers unprotected (not even locked) and why are there nocameras or security devices in and around his hide? Having theelectronic document containing information of the planted secretary onthe desktop is even more pathetic. For someone who is so aware thatinformation is power, all such files would, at the very least, beencrypted.Finally, there is one scene where the protagonist and an associate aretailing the antagonist which is very poorly done. They tail in a vanwhich has a spare tire on the front, and in some scenes, they are nofurther than 20 ft behind the antagonist. A van with a spare tire inthe center of the grill should normally be so eye catching that someonecould not help but notice it. I was fully expecting the antagonist tohave either 1) come back and confronted the two morons and berate themfor being so stupid as to have followed him in such an obvious vehicleor 2) left a trap for them, laughing at them over his cell phone as thetrap is sprung. But no, the script writer(s) *really* wants theaudience to believe that the antagonist just didn't notice thissore-thumb-of-a-van following so closely for however long he wasdriving (as I recall, they must have driven for many hours, as it wasstill bright out when the tail started and it was dark once theyreached the antagonist's hide).This is one of the worst movies I've seen in a long time. I can happilysuspend my disbelief so long as the created world is self-consistent,e.g., Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, etc., but this moviepurports to occur in the present, on Earth with no magical powersanywhere. As such, it fails miserably...Mind you, I think Christian Slater's acting was good, given that Ihaven't seen him play such a character before.
tsar_ina 14 May 2013
This movie is such a big bore. I failed to understand why would adirector drag such a story and pictured a real life drama in the mostunrealistic way. From the beginning to start Mr. Slater is apparentlyattempted to be projected as a terrorizing opponent to the goodcorporate culture. It is so sick that the sequence of story dragged andended up with couple of killings (Are the cops gone mute ?) which hasno effect to the society. Oh I forgot to remember that the story beganwith a killing. Sick. A total bore. Please do not pursue to watch thismovie. It is sicker than what you expect. Stay away and spend your timesomewhat more useful. I am sorry. Have a good one.
Pratyush 14 May 2013
I 'pursued' this movie with low expectations but was presentlysurprised.It is a fast paced thriller with a good flow. The pursuer will do anything to get the pursued recruited. Good acting from every one ingeneral with specially good one from Ben in the movie.One question is why the wife is so immature to not trust her husbandand find it good when a stranger keeps giving free gifts. Also, thepolice can be brought on if some one is stalked the way it is sown inthe movie.Its a neat movie which slowly goes into the violent aspect withoutbeing totally unreal. Good editing is of of the strong points. Overall, if you are looking for a movie which would give mild thrillwithout testing your brain too much and yet be slick and cool, its verymuch perfect.
sol1218 14 May 2013
(Spoiler Alert) Like a hungry leopard totally focused on his pray wesee at the beginning of the film "Pursued" corporate recruiter VincentPlamer, Christian Slater, zero in on his helpless victim businessexecutive John Blakely, Kevin McNulty,and get him to join the firm thathe's being employed by. Blakely was forced to quit his family business,and let it go bankrupt, by Plamer blackmailing him in his wife's deathwhom he murdered. Now working for Seattle high-tech giant Resdat who's CEO William Carey,Andrew Stevens, gives Palmer a million dollars and instructions to teartop executive Ben Keats, Gil Bellows,away from the up and comingchemical company Viztrak. The company is about to release alow-jack-type formula that when ingested can track down lost childrenmissing persons pets or escaped criminals anywhere on earth. Plamer at first tries to get Bellows to quit Viztrak and take over themanagement of Carey's company by offering millions in salary and stockoptions. Still Bellows want's nothing to do with Carey or his firmResdat feeling obligated and being loyal to the owner of ViztrakFranklin, Michael Clark Duncan, who he looks up to as a father figureand well as his good friend and employer. It's when he feels that money can't reel Bellows in that Plamer turnsobsessive pestering and harassing not only Ben Bellows but his wifeEmily, Estella Warren, and even his young daughter Alison, ConchitaCampball, night and day on the phone! I started to wonder just how muchPlamer's monthly cell-phone bill was? in the thousands? Plamer also goes as far as trying to split up the workers at theViztrak firm by planting rumors that Bellows was leaving it for Resdat.Plamer even plants bugs in Bellows home office and even car to get allthe info he can on him driving the poor man almost out of his mind.Getting the confidential information, by having a bug planted in hishome on Viztark's CEO Franklin's inoperable brain tumor Plamer sneaksinto his mansion and shoots him to death leaving a suicide note, andgun in Fanklin's hand, blaming Bellows actions of leaving his companyfor driving him to kill himself. At Franklin's funeral Plamer shows up inciting Bellows, whoinstinctively knew that he was behind Franklin's murder not suicide, toattack him. Which put the hysterical Bellows in the county jail andright where Plamer wanted him; to sign on the dotted line and joinCarey's company Resdat if Bellows wants him to drop all charges.The ending of the movie "Pursued" is a bit of a let-down with Bellowsand his friend and corporate fraud expert Robert Langford, ScottHyland, tricking Plamer into drinking the Viztrak formula and thus beable to track down his movements in order to trap him in committing afelony. That would put Plamer away from pestering people like Bellows,and is family, once in for all. It was hard to believe that Palmer could have gotten away with hissleazy activities all this time and not once be set up and caught bythe local police and those he was victimizing. You also also whyBellows never went to the police to report him in the first place?Plamer himself was so boastful about his underhanded actions, includingthe murder of John Blakely's wife, that all it would have taken was forthe police to check up on his past criminal adventures that he soopenly bragged about! Plamer even bragged about his crimes when he waspressuring Bellows in jail, where the walls have ears, in order to gethim to join the chemical firm Resdat or end up behind bars himself.
13 May 2013
Would think that usually it's the other way around in real life, that someone looking for work would be stalking a headhunter or boss of a good company to get them hired, yet this movie was just the opposite. Overall it was not too bad, kept my attention well throughout the movie and was quite suspenseful. Worth a watch if you enjoy corporate/office suspense films.Peter J. Millerpeterjoemiller@gmail.com
lavatch 03 May 2013
Vincent Palmer (Christian Slater) is a deranged headhunter preying uponunsuspecting, talented CEOs. Vincent refuses to take "no" for an answeruntil his victims agree to leave their present jobs and acceptmulti-million-dollar offers that no one can refuse.There were two good character profiles locked in conflict in thestruggle between the hyperkinetic Vincent and Ben Keats (Gil Bellows).The two characters were so different that the contrast in the rapaciousVincent and the honest Ben made for a good melodrama set in corporateAmerica. The integrity of Ben was a breath of fresh air in today'scutthroat executive world.Director Kristoffer Tabori provided good pacing throughout the film.There was also a clever idea in the new industry headed by Ben and hisboss (Michael Clarke Duncan) called Viztrak. Their invention is a serumintended for children in the ability to use satellite technology totrack a lost child anywhere in the world. It was unfortunate that theViztrak concept was not used more extensively in this action film.Still, this was an entertaining and suspenseful low-budget filmhighlighted by the contrast of two men with completely differentpersonality profiles and outlooks on life. Their struggle made forcompelling drama.
03 May 2013
...this movie is being written about on this site. The script for the movie was pretty bad and the storyline was also poorly written. Christian is a great actor though and the mere fact that he was in this film, made it viewable. Christian plays a headhunter who is absolutely ruthless as he hunts down his pray. He even involves the persons immediate family by sending them presents etc. In other words, he just will not give up until they sign the dotted line.
sergio choren 27 April 2013
Oh my god!...this movie is terrible. The plot is silly, the goofs arevery easy to find, the editing sucks, and everything is predictable. Issad to see cool actors like Slater and Duncan Clark doing that kind ofcrap. The character played by Gil Bellows is probably the most stupidgenius in movie history... a computer expert who can't find a way toshow everybody what's happening to him. And the idea of a liquidtracking system is too much. The wife just can't believe in herhusband, the boss looks strong like a bull but is terminally ill, andthe security expert follows the car of a maniac without any precaution.Don't waste 2 hours of your life in this movie, really...
himiko_tokyo 27 April 2013
This movie was acted well and very realistic. Although the headhunterrole was a bit over zealous, that is what makes it an entertainingmovie. The character Ben was acted very well. Ben was an average guywho did what most people would: he was polite at the beginning andtolerated the headhunter up to a point. However, when he finally didhave enough and took action he ended up in trouble with the law, whichis also realistic. Contrary to most Hollywood movies in which people goaround killing or beating people up without consequence or having toanswer for their actions; this movie presented a very realisticperspective. What would one do if one were pursued by a headhunter whowouldn't take "No" for an answer and wasn't breaking any laws? Althoughto some extent a court restraining order may have resolved the issue Âthen it wouldn't have been much of a movie. This movie gave a credibleand plausible story and is believable.
27 April 2013
The idea of casting usual all-American Christian Slater as a deadly psychotic corporate headhunter was inspired, and although PURSUED ultimately falls apart by the end, it's an entertaining little thriller. Slater plays a headhunter who goes to extremes to ensure that the people he's hunting take the jobs they are offered. His latest target is played by Gil Bellows; Bellows is a computer whiz who has developed a computer chip that when embedded in a person's bloodstream will enable them to be traced. This would be extremely beneficial in tracking missing persons, for instance. Bellows, however, turns down Slater's job offer and that's when all hell breaks loose. Slater stalks him and his family, endearing himself to both Bellows' wife and young daughter, and a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues.Slater is devilishly fun in his role, but Bellows seems in a daze most of the time and a stronger performer might have made the whole game more intriguing. Slater is definitely better in this than the recent ALONE IN THE DARK.
Jeff 26 April 2013
I thoroughly enjoyed this movie which was fast movie, filled with suspense, and a good bit of action. The story line was fantastic and captured my interest from the beginning. This picture is about a freelance Corporate Headhunter (Christian Slater) who always gets his head. He resorts to some unorthodox tactics but has a 100 percent success rate for attaining his objective. That is until he meets one man who is most content to remain with his current employer. This fellow proves a real challenge for the headhunter. So does he get his man, or will the headhunter fall victim to his own maniacal schemes? Watch and find out for yourself. I highly recommend this movie to any mature minded adult over the age of 18 years of age.
21 April 2013
You know this started really good, Christian Slater gives a pretty good performance but by the end I am left feeling like I am watching a made for TV Movie.. Regular fight suspense at the end could have went a little more the Firm. They used technology in it which could have went a little more Enemy of the State. They used a throw away performance as the guy that helps the pursued just to get him killed and extend the time of the film, mabe they should have spent more time developing the ending story caused I really like the theme..
Comeuppance Reviews 21 April 2013
"Pursued" is a good mystery\thriller with some silly moments. ChristianSlater stars as Vincent Palmer, a headhunter who recruits up-and-comersin the technology business. He does whatever it takes. This is theprobably the first time Christian Slater plays a psycho. He plays itconvincingly. He does such a excellent job, you root for him. AnytimeVincent is on-screen (which is most of the time)the movie has a lot ofenergy. The other main character is Ben Keats, played by Gil Bellows.Unfortunately, Ben is a two dimensional character who is a little toolaid back. There are a couple of plot missteps like Ben getting aspeech about secret cameras that could be in a pen and then the nextscene is Ben getting a pen and he doesn't check for a camera. It's likehe forgot the whole speech. The climax is exciting but a tad goofy. Inthe end: It's worth seeing for a great, hyped up performance byChristian Slater and a lot of other tension filled moments.For more insanity, please visit: comeuppancereviews.com
ctomvelu 15 April 2013
Christian Slater plays an obnoxious corporate headhunter who will doanything to get his man and earn his commission, even if it meansmurder. Slater in fact turns out to be a homicidal maniac, barely incontrol, and the plot revolves around his hounding of a rising youngexecutive (Gil Bellows) who is being courted by a competitor. You'veseen it all before. There are a couple of nice fight scenes, but it'sall so predictable. Slater is strident and one-note throughout. Hisdemise at the end is a howl. By the way, the actors are so closelymiked you are guaranteed to have a headache before the halfway point.This looks like it was shot for TBS or USA.
Anthony Ellis 15 April 2013
Christian Slater plays one of the most convincing, psychotic, evil techno geniuses I've ever seen on film.He made the movie disturbing and kinda hillarious at the same time.
OliverG 12 April 2013
This is a great movie; the story were great, Directing is good, but I have to give my hand to Christen Slater, he did a excellent job acting, this movie I recommend to to rent!
11 April 2013
i enjoyed the maniacal intensity of the character victor palmer. his relentlessness in his attaining his goal kept me wondering if he would mess up in the end. kept me interested till the end.