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The Hitcher (R)





Release Date: January 19th, 2007 by Rogue Pictures.
The Cast: Sean Bean, Sophia Bush, Zachary Knighton, Neal McDonough.
Directed by Dave Meyers.

BASIC PREMISE: Grace (Bush) and Jim (Knighton) give a ride to a hitchhiker (Bean) who turns out to be a serial killer.

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: This remake of the 1986 film doesnít add anything really new other than adding another potential victim, Grace, who, along with her boyfriend, Jim, must defend herself from a ruthless serial killer. Neither protagonist has any characteristics that would allow audiences to remotely care about them, other than how attractive they both look. The couple picks up a hitchhiker who they almost ran over on a rainy night and, in less than a minute, he already pulls out a gun on them. The police also chase them because this serial killer also manages to frame them for his murders. The rest of the film is primarily a cat-and-mouse chase as the serial killer tries to hunt them down without a coherent motive, which reflects the unimaginative script. Sean Bean, with his odd facial expressions, brings some well-needed dry humor to his role of the serial killer,but everyone else seems bland and forgettable. Co-screenwriters Jake Wade Wall and Eric Bernt fail to add any real surprises and some of the dialogue is unintentionally funny. For example, in one scene, Grace picks up a gun, points it at the serial killer and exclaims, ďI have a gun! I have a gun!Ē Why doesnít she just shoot it? Itís frustrating how stupid she and her boyfriend seem most of the time. In an important scene, she keeps on shooting the killer in his bullet-proof vest. Director Dave Meyers does include occasional gore for cheap shock value, but itís not nearly enough to please fans of the horror or slasher film genre or of the equally unimaginative original 1986 film.

SPIRITUAL VALUE: None is required or desired.

INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: None, as long as you check your brain at the door.

NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 5

IN A NUTSHELL: Unimaginative, bland and forgettable.

RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: TV


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