Re-makes of classic old thrillers tend to reside firmly in the b-grade zone of your local video store, but this re-made movie had Sean Bean in it, so it must be pretty good, right?
I love Sean Bean, he’s played some great roles, and I was interested to see what he could bring to the serial killer franchise. Sadly however, his character is never allowed to develop, we are not permitted to see what makes him tick, where’s he’s come from or even his intended destination.
Worse still, Bean’s character has been given the Rambo style make over, a super-human one man killing machine that can, cool as a cucumber, do anything he wants, and nothing, not even an entire police force can do anything to stop him.
As a thriller however, The Hitcher does have its moments, and will ease you towards the edge of your seats on occasion. The biggest problem for the plot however are the woefully too frequent stupid decisions by the two heroes that leave you slapping your forehead in dismay as they stumble from one idiotic decision to the next, all the time playing into the Hitcher’s plans.
Of course, if Grace and Jim had two brain cells to rub together, this movie would have ended a tad to soon to be regraded as even a short story.
So essentially, we have Grace and Jim, two college kids on their way to spring break, a long drive along a deserted highway, and lots of silly decisions, followed closely by gruesome murders. There is a degree of gratuitousness in the killings, but surprisingly, despite having the perfect opportunity in a shower scene, Director Dave Meyers steers clear of one of the staple clichés of the slasher/horror genre; the naked sex romp.
Food for thought
“Our very lives depend on the ethics of strangers, and most of us are always strangers to other people.” – Bill Moyers
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read.
Rating: R16 – Contains Violence, Offensive Language & Horror.
Duration: 83 mins.
Genre: Suspense & Thriller, Thriller.
Actors: Sean Bean, Sophia Bush, Danny Bolero, Lauren Cohn, Kyle Davis, Jeff Hutchinson, Yara Martinez, Skip O’Brien.
Director: Dave Meyers.
Distributor: Warner Brothers.
Release Date: Available Now.