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Hitcher (2007) (Widescreen)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Never having seen the original 1986 version of The Hitcher, I probably enjoyed this film more than I might have otherwise. Even still, this film suffers from what has been a noticeable saturation of recent horror movies with a "killer on the highways" motif (think Joyride, Jeepers Creepers, etc.). Basically, this 2007 film doesn't really offer viewers anything new or different, but I think it succeeds pretty darn well at what it does in fact deliver, due in large part to Sean Bean's menacing performance as the heavy in the story. You'll never hear me complain about the casting of Sophia Bush, either; she's particularly sexy when she gets mad. I can't say I was all too impressed by Zachary Knighton, but that had a lot to do with his character, who was something less than the kind of knight in shining armor a character played by Sophia Bush deserved. I must say I loved what they did with the lead male character in the end, though. For once, I saw a "don't you wish" moment come true before my delighted eyes.

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.
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2.0 out of 5 stars There are far better alternatives... Oct. 23 2011
By Andre Farant TOP 500 REVIEWER
I've yet to see the original, but this current version is ho-hum at best. A young couple are terrorized by a homicidal hitchhiker's whose motive is set-up as a source of suspense but, ultimately, is pretty lame.

If in the mood for some highway horror, skip this one and check out Jeepers Creepers or Spielberg's Duel.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By falcon
this remake of the 1986 classic has it's good moments and the rest is
just so so.first the good.Sean Bean as the villain.he is very menacing
and seems to really relish the role.Rutger Hauer played the role in the
original.there are some moments of suspense and lots of action.more
action than suspense really.the tone of the movie doesn't seem as dark
as it should,at least to me.this movie focuses more on action than on
psychology.the original was much more psychological suspense
oriented.this version is still quite watchable for the most part,though
there is one scene which really cheapens the movie and brings it down a
notch.i won't say which scene.if you don't notice it,than it probably
doesn't matter to you.the acting is mostly decent but is a bit
suspect,from one actor,at least.i also thought this movie had less
depth than the original.not that the original was really deep or
anything,but it has something this one doesn't.something intangible
that i can't quite pin down.by the way,this movie actually borrows as
heavily from "The Hitcher 2"(2003) as it does from the original.as a
matter of fact,i was reminded more of that movie than the
original.anyway,i give "The Hitcher"(2006) a 3.5/5
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lethal And Jolting - One Of The Year's Top Horror Movies July 12 2007
By Stephen B. O'Blenis - Published on Amazon.com
An improved version of the already high-caliber 1986 "Hitcher" starring Rutger Hauer, this new incarnation casts Sean Bean ("Lord Of The Rings", "The Dark", "Silent Hill") as an even deadlier and more twisted title villain, and Sophia Bush ("Stay Alive") and Zachary Knighton ("The Prince And Me") as young lovers Grace and Jim, who on a road trip encounter the hitcher in the middle of a rainstorm, and become the prime targets of his obsession.

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".
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Road-Killer May 26 2007
By Mark Eremite - Published on Amazon.com
"The Hitcher" is a so-so film that desperately wants to be a killer music video. Starring Sophia Bush (that One Tree Hill girl who is so pretty it makes my eyes water) and Zachary Knighton (I'd never heard of him before, but he looks like the type who'd date Sophia Bush), the film wastes no time with pleasantries. The two lovers hit the road, and then the road hits back.

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. "The Hitcher," in lieu of compelling characters and a solid build-up of tension has, instead, the rat-a-tat-tat subtlety (and pace) of a semi-automatic. Short bursts of loud chaos, interspersed with brief moments of silence. You don't want that barrel to melt.

I give the film a thumbs up for its dervishes, for the car chases (set to blaring Nine Inch Nails), the near-misses, and the bold direct hits (I'll admit that I was shocked and surprised by the scene with the semi-truck and the chains). But, just like the (lack of) beliefs of the title character, the movie doesn't seem to care about much of anything, making it easy for the viewer to feel likewise.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Underated ReMake May 22 2007
By Bodi Lake Estate - Published on Amazon.com
It is simply stupid to hate a movie simply because it is a remake. That is the reason for the majority of bad reviews coming in on this movie.

The Hitcher is a clever sculpted movie with great style and great screen prescence. The acting was somewhat lopsided I'll admit. Zachary Knighton pulled off his character well enough and Sophia Bush didn't do badly either but both of them were brushed aside by the mere presence of Sean Bean. He was brilliant! There really aren't too many more words to describe his work.

His role as John Ryder was played perfectly, so deep and so real. He made a chilling villian, one that you can seriously hate and root for at the same time. He pulled off an American accent quite convincingly, and even better was his costume and hair. They were very well done. The entire set and scenery was well placed and very well shot.

The horror was as horror should be, suspensful and gory but the blood was tastefully placed and not needlessly splattered all over the screen. The killings were done with such simplistic reality it was almost frightening.

Overall the movie was a great one and definately deserves a spot in your movie collection. Sean Bean's acting is enough to merit that.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than I thought it would be June 18 2007
By Kelly - Published on Amazon.com
THE HITCHER is actually a pretty good remake, and a pretty good thriller. I think we all know the premise: a young couple meets a hitchiker who ends up being a murderer. It's more than that though.. you get to care about the characeters, and you get to know them.
The two stand outs are clearly SEAN BEAN and SOPHIA BUSH. They both do a wonderful job. Sean Bean is just creepy as hell in this.. he will really scare the hell outta you. Sophia Bush shows that she can do more than One Tree Hill and teen drama's.. she is a good actress in this.
Have fun with the movie. Don't expect a masterpiece, but it certainly is good. Don't write it off because you don't like remakes.

-Kelly <3
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars For Just a Penny Less... Oct. 17 2007
By Rick R. Reed - Published on Amazon.com
...you could get the original HITCHER and watch a much better movie. I have to confess: I'm a big fan of the original HITCHER, it was scary, breathlessly suspenseful, and even made you think. This pointless remake has none of those attributes. For one thing, changing the lone driver in the original to a cloyingly cute young couple in the remake is a disastrous decision. The original, with its lone protagonist driving cross-country across dark and rainy wide open spaces, was very likable and more to the point, terribly vulnerable. By changing the story to a couple going somewhere for spring break, you automatically undercut the tension greatly because you have TWO people who can turn to each other. This is the first in a series of bad choices made by the filmmakers. Please buy the original...it's just that: ORIGINAL. And it's a good movie, unlike this derivative ripoff.
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