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Total Crap: 26.42%

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Hitcher, The (2007)
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by Doug Bentin

"Troubled times, you know I cannot lie."
3 stars

I don’t read books purporting to explain why bad things happen to good people because I think I already know why—sometimes you’re just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Take for instance the case of Jim and Grace, two college students somewhere in Texas who are going to Lake Havasu, AZ, for spring break. They should be going to South Padre Island or, in a pinch, Corpus Christi like every other self-respecting Texas college student, but no, they’re driving to Arizona.

One rainy night they almost hit a man standing in the center of the highway next to a wrecked/stalled/messed-up-looking car. The reason they almost hit him is that Jim, no matter what the situation or condition, always drives while looking to his right so he can chat with Grace. He doesn’t seem to know that you can face forward—you know, to watch the road—and still talk with the person in the passenger seat. He’s apparently learned to drive by watching movies like this one and his insurance rates must be through the roof.

Grace knows what Jim doesn’t—there’s something odd about a man who stands on the white stripe of the highway at night in the rain and doesn’t budge when he is almost hit by an approaching car. She convinces Jim to leave Mr. Oddball and they drive away.

Sure enough, the first time they stop for snacks and a potty break, a long-haul trucker pulls up at the gas station just long enough to drop off the Oddball, who soon introduces himself as John Ryder. There must be worse punning names in the movies but right off hand I can’t think of one.

Ryder forces himself on the students and, sure as God made psychopaths, he tries to commandeer their car with a knife. Grace manages to open a door and Jim kicks Ryder out.

From this point on, the movie tells a tale of escalating tension as Ryder stalks the couple, killing everyone whose path he crosses and finding ways to make it look as though the kids committed the crimes. Rookie director Dave Meyers and screenwriters Eric Red, Eric Berndt, and Jake Wade Wall find ways to make this implausible plot work until it all reaches an absurd point. There’s a moment when Grace holds a highway patrolman at bay with a pistol. A shot comes from behind her, the bullet striking the cop right in the forehead. Grace and Jim are sure they’ll be blamed for this murder, but Grace has not fired her gun and the killing round came from a rifle, which she and we have seen Ryder carrying. Don’t these kids know anything about ballistics from TV and movies?

Meyers keeps the action moving and the tension high. Three or four pop-up moments work really well, and they wouldn’t if you weren’t so nervous.

Sean Bean (“National Treasure,” “Goldeneye”) is creepy as Ryder, Sophia Bush (“John Tucker Must Die”) is a convincing Grace, and Zachary Knighton (“The Prince and Me”) is fine as Jim. It’s not his fault if the character is poorly written and annoying as hell.

The film contains a lot of foolishness and bad choices from the protagonists and screenwriters, but at 83 fast minutes it’s not boring and its message that the world contains people who want to hurt you just because it makes them feel good to do so never goes out of date. “The Hitcher” won’t stick to your ribs, but it will stick a knife between them.

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User Comments

11/05/10 Josie Cotton is a goddess The original movie runs this one right off the road! 1 stars
6/21/09 matt PRETTY DAMN GOOD. proof that you can't trust reviews. see it 4 stars
2/11/09 martz remake 2 stars
1/17/09 Shaun Wallner Not as great as I thought it was gonna be 2 stars
5/24/08 Karrie Millheim I liked it alot, Sean Bean is hot, my hubby says its stupid because theres a girl in it 5 stars
12/18/07 art this is a superior thriller-movie 5 stars
11/18/07 marina I really liked this movie ! 5 stars
10/30/07 Kingston Churchill gayyy. 3 ps= Pointless, predictable & phoney 1 stars
10/23/07 DK Decent remake with a good turn from Bean, but what really was the point? 3 stars
7/08/07 mr.mike original did it far better 2 stars
6/15/07 William Goss Watchable enough, although laughable towards the end. Original's better. 3 stars
6/11/07 Indrid Cold Maybe I'm off base here, but I thought it was a great adventure/thriller. 4 stars
5/24/07 Charles Tatum The most unnecessary remake since Van Sant's Psycho 1 stars
5/10/07 Mandee I loved the movie i just wish it would have been scarier b/c i didn't jump at all 5 stars
5/01/07 Tracey Chambers didnt I just see this twenty years ago 1 stars
3/15/07 The Velcro Warlock Rare item: horror/slasher flick w/ suspense&coherence. Where's Sophia Bush been all my life 5 stars
1/26/07 Man Out 6 Bucks Fork it over, patsy. You wanna get laid and I need a house in Mailbu. 1 stars
1/24/07 Jeff Anderson Brisk, but pointless remake. Bean is NO Rutger Hauer, then again neither was Jake Busey! 2 stars
1/23/07 Ole Man Bourbon Total crap. 1 stars
1/21/07 Nick SUUUUUUUUUCKED! Stop these assheads from remaking these movies!!!!!! 1 stars
1/21/07 Todd I like the original better 3 stars
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Written by
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  Eric Bernt

  Sean Bean
  Sophia Bush
  Zachary Knighton
  Neal McDonough

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