The Hitcher (Combo HD DVD and Standard DVD)
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The Hitcher has been upped to where he's about as dangerous as a human being can be without raising the question of the supernatural. No remorse, apparantly no fear of death or pain, disturbingly with no apparant motivation, indisputably evil, and yet retaining an undeniable charismatic edge, as well as a huge air of mystery (his background, and even his real name, are never revealed) the character slashes and shotgun-blasts his way into the upper tier as one of the most instantly memorable killers to rampage across the screen in recent years. Zachary Knighton and the smolderingly gorgeous and cute-as-a-button Sophia Bush are likable and believable as the main couple of the film. Strong performances are turned in by the rest of the cast as well, and the tight flow of the movie encompasses psychological terror and suspense, up-close visceral carnage, and some of the most intense and high-octane highway chase/battle action ever seen, way above that seen in many higher profile action blockbusters with five times the budget. It attains a highly active tension and tightness the likes of which have not quite been reached by many of its more famous horror-thriller hybrid peers.
"The Hitcher" delivers on all counts it takes on, and is highly recommended for fans of such movies as the '86 original, "Highwaymen" (by original "Hitcher" director Robert Harmon), the "Hills Have Eyes" movies, and "The Vanishing".
The road in my oh-so-clever analogy turns out to be John Ryder, the hitcher, a man with a grudge against life. Literally. In one of his first lines of the film, Ryder admits that the reason he tortures, maims, and kills people is because he wants someone to stop him. This sort of Swiftean take on nihilism is often used by scriptwriters to give a character license to indulge in flat-eyed melodrama (emotive beef jerky, I call it), but Sean Bean -- as the unflagging madman -- lets his desperation and his senseless rage simmer without boiling over into false theatrics. Bean is really the reason to watch this film.
It's too bad he's not in it more than he is. Most of the time we are forced to watch Bush and Knighton wander around making typically bad decisions and then griping or whining about it to each other when there's a break in the action.
I don't blame the actors. These sorts of brash bonanzas of violence and destruction don't really need much in the way of plotting to do their job, but they do need some kind of decent writing. I mean, take a look at Spielberg's Duel. For a movie with such a minimal plot and perhaps two pages of dialogue, this film works macabre magic.Read more ›
So, Jim (Knighton) picks up Grace (Bush) at college to head off for some spring break shenanigans. Driving through a New Mexico rainstorm that night, the unobservant Jim all but runs over some weird dude just standing there in the middle of the road. Grace convinces her boyfriend to high-tail it out of there, but the weird dude turns up again when Jim stops for gas. Jim can hardly refuse to give the guy a ride up the road (thereby completing disregarding Grace's wise counsel), but it doesn't take long for "John Ryder" (Bean) to reveal his true nature, which is far more mad and dangerous than even Grace could have imagined. Jim and Grace don't know why this stranger is tormenting them, but they find themselves reluctant pawns in whatever dangerous game he is playing.Read more ›
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Full of Action, face paced, and Shocking. The remake may have some storyline loopholes, and not the original.. Read morePublished 17 hours ago by CM
Love Sophia Bush so this was already a great movie. Love that it is a thrill, with lots of action & a good plot.Published 7 months ago by Sheena
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