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The Hitcher (2007)

The hitcher
Sean Bean, Sophia Bush, Zachary Knighton, Neal McDonough and Kyle Davis

Rated: R  for strong bloody violence, terror and language
Reviewed by: Frank  
Release date: January 19, 2007 Released by: Rogue Pictures

This remake of the 1986 Rutger Hauer vehicle doesn't vary from the basic story, but we now can view a little more brutality, violence and blood. From the first scene in which a jack rabbit is crushed as it attempts to cross a desert highway it's clear blood and death will be the main theme of the film.

Grace Andrews (Sophia Bush) is off on a Spring Break in Arizona with her date Jim Halsey (Zachary Knighton). The majority of the time spent is on the bleak lightly settled roads in New Mexico where their cell phone quickly looses its signal and they come upon a creepy convenience store clerk (Kyle Davis) who appears to be lost in the dessert world. We also learn quickly that a cell phone can be good or bad for the future of the young couple.

Nearly killing a driver who is standing on the highway in a rain storm is the beginning of the terror they must endure throughout the film. But Grace appears to have the best instincts when Ryder shows-up at the convenience store but Jim agrees to give a ride to the strange guy from the middle of the road. This is the point when we all are quietly yelling "don't do it!"

Over time we learn that Ryder is going to show again and again no matter how strong the odds against him appear. The race through the long straight quiet New Mexico roads is filled with terror and mayhem. If Grace and Jim can escape a young family can't; neither can the most inept police force on the planet. Local sheriff up to the state police can't cope and won't listen to the two victims who get blamed for the series of blood stained murders. To the cops they look like two twenty something kids out on a killing spree which allows the killer to roam free.

He roams everywhere from a flying Dodge Ram, to Grace's bed unnoticed while she watches Hitchcock's The Birds. This guy could clean up Iraq in one afternoon.

This certainly is one hell of a Spring break, but they do take the time for one shower scene together - that's before Grace becomes the Terminator. How come the girls are always right in these films and why don't the guys listen? It's probably because common sense wouldn't lead to the slaughter and there would be no film to see.

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