- “In how people are thinking, there’s definitely an approach that says, ‘The government is not the bad guy,’ ” said Sean Daniel, an executive producer of “The Hunted,” a thriller from Paramount set for release on March 14. Directed by William Friedkin, it stars Tommy Lee Jones as an F.B.I. agent on the trail of a serial murderer played by Benicio del Toro.
There’s an understanding from television and the ‘C.S.I.’s’ and “Law and Orders’ and the ’24’s’ that there’s a desire to see the bad guy gotten,” he added. “It weighs in the story conferences and in the staff meetings. It just does. And while clearly the traditional grand escapism is what the movies are there for in times like this, there are also movies to be made where the government gets the bad guys.”
….Mr. Daniel, the Paramount producer, said, “It’s not as if there’s been some immediate turnaround, where the government had been the heavy.” But he added: “I mean, since the reality is that we are on the side of right at the moment in the world, people both believe that and are drawn to movies that reflect that. [NY Times]
It is basically as stark as that: our cause is just. There are people who hate us and want us dead and the proper question is not “why do they hate us?,” but “how do we find them and crush them?”