A Great Remake of a Mediocre 80's Film (by jsm2619)
When I first heard that they were remaking The Hitcher I was a little hesitant. The Original 1986 film was barely entertaining and did not hold my interest well. However this version proves to fix most of the dull moments of the original.The Plot is simple, two college students Grace & Jim offer a hitchhiker John Ryder a ride and he turns out to be a maniac. The film starts off with a fast pace, introducing Ryder within about 10 minutes, and keeps your attention until the film moments. The characters aren't given a lot of back story before they have a run in with Ryder, so the <more>
audience learns bits about them as we go through the entire movie. In my opinion the movies does a great job of not slamming you with 30 minutes of dialogue before anything interesting happens. Once they pick up Ryder the hits keep coming. The movie should also be categorized as an action thriller, not necessarily a full on horror film. Although it does have its jumps and scares, the car chases and shootouts turn it into full on action. The film also has great music, especially during one of the key car chases. The gore should be the right amount, not too much for the average viewer and slightly enough for the bloody fans. The only slightly negative comment about the plot would be the opening sequence with a rabbit and a bug flying into their windshield which comes off a little cheesy.The acting is actually really good for a horror film, Sophia Bush and Sean Bean give exceptional performances for what they have to work with. Bush especially is gorgeous throughout, and acts very believable in her role. Bean also gives a merciless performance as the hitcher, leaving him no sympathy from the audience. The weakest link of the cast would be Zack Knighton, although his performance is up to par with normal slasher flicks, Bush's ability over powers and makes his seem mediocre. All in all a very well acted movie.I definitely recommend the Hitcher to anyone, whether you are a fan of the original or not. This action thriller will keep your attention to the final seconds, which kick ass.Overall Grade: A+
Man, did I have fun with The Hitcher. I expected it to be alright and I am a fan of the original. Have to say that I was really impressed with the "R-rated" feel of the film. They really stepped up the gore and the bloody violence. The Hitcher is still the unrelenting madman he was in the original, great job by Sean Bean.The two college kids do a good job, especially Sophia Bush, who does that great job in her skimpy clothes and underwear most of the movie. It was a pretty intense ride throughout, not many slow spots. And I definitely jumped twice, maybe three times.I recommend the <more>
film to any gorehounds out there and horror fans in general, it delivers!
Decent movie for action-packed horror (by AngryJackal)
If you like horror/suspense movies with a lot of action, gore, and mayhem..this movie is for you. There's not much storyline to it, but it is the most intense movie I've seen this year and I loved it. It's by no means something that's going to win any awards, and if you don't like movies without a lot of story, you may be disappointed.In any case, the acting is superb. Sean Bean plays crazed killer John Ryder and does a wonderful job. I hope to see more good movies with him in them! The other two main characters are played by decent actors, but they weren't too <more>
spectacular. Although, the girl was kinda cute. She'll probably have a future in acting.
I almost didn't go and see this due to my standing semi-boycott of remakes, but I was happily surprised by this film. I really wanted it to be a bloody scary mess, and I knew Sean Bean had it in him to be a great bad guy, and I thought Sophia Bush could make a great protagonist. I was glad I was right on all counts, Sean was great, he pulled of the nice stranger /psycho switch really well, and without any cheesy theatrics, and he played really well off of Sophia Bush, who was really easy to empathize with given the great job Sean was doing of being scary as hell. Over all, a fun movie <more>
experience, I'll recommend it to friends and probably pick up the DVD.
Suspenseful and scary...and bloody (by ajaws4ever)
***MAY CONTAIN MINOR SPOILERS*** Absolutely mind-blowing and shocking. It was very brutal and bloody and intense, and that's really all this movie is meant to be.Sean Bean Flightplan, National Treasure, Silent Hill is absolutely horrifying. He plays the part so well it actually made me believe he was an actual hitcher/murderer. Surprisingly, the other unknown actors were pretty good. Most of them weren't in many big films.So, the whole plot line: A college couple Grace Andrews Sophia Bush and Jim Hasley Zachary Knighton encounter a hitcher named John Ryder Sean Bean , and <more>
little do Grace and Jim know, that he is very, very dangerous. They pick him up in their 1970 Oldsmobile 442, and Grace's and Jim's waking nightmare begins. Their initial encounters with John Ryder are increasingly uncomfortable and off-putting for Grace and Jim, and they bravely fight back when Ryder ambushes them. But, they are horrifically blindsided when he involves them in a terrifying slaying and continues to shadow them. And soon, the open highway road becomes a dangerous place and becomes a battleground of blood, metal, and guns, and trying not to avoid Ryder but also the New Mexico State Police Lieutenant Esteridge's Neal McDonough officers, Grace and Jim must bravely and terrifyingly fight for their lives and face their most nightmarish fears head-on.There are also many gory parts in the movie. NOTE: THIS MAY EXTREMELY SPOIL THE MOVIE FOR PEOPLE WHO DON'T LIKE TO KNOW ABOUT THE GORY PARTS UNTIL THEY SEE THE MOVIE.--A man is tied between two trucks, and is then torn apart. --A man's throat is slashed, and blood spurts and sprays. It's very graphic. Yay.I can't think of any more gory parts at the moment, but I think those will give you a pretty clear idea on how gory the movie is.It's a brutal adventure and it's an awesome movie. The best movie of the month.Violence/Gore: 8/10, Sex/Nudity: 5/10, Profanity: 6/10, Drugs/Alcohol: 2/10Original MPAA rating: R: Strong Bloody Violence, Terror, and LanguageMy MPAA rating: R: Strong Bloody Violence, Brutality, Terror, and Language, and A Brief Scene of Sexuality/NudityMy Canadian rating: 18A: Gory Violence, Frightening Scenes, Disturbing Content, Coarse Language
Terrifying and chilling horror travel. Well Done. (by blanbrn)
I must say that most remakes of late are letdowns, but this was not the case with this. "The Hitcher" rocks it's a suspense horror film with plenty of chills, thrills, blood, and skin plus it even has a nice plot to it with twist. It all begins when two college students and lovers Grace and Jim which is played wonderful by Sophia Bush and Zachary Knighton leave their college dorm in Texas and begin a journey home to New Mexico. Along the way of this trip on a rainy night trouble lurks in the darkness, and the couple will learn their lesson next time never never pick up <more>
hitchhikers! The terror begins along the highway of fear, you have it all car chases and car crashes, blood and murder and even unlawful detainment! "The Hitcher" is filled with fun, suspense, and terror from start to finish watching this you just grow to hate the evil John Ryder, and it worries you so much that you don't want to travel the highways again! Sophia Bush turns out to be the heroine you just love and cheer for her, I hope Sophia gets more roles she was very sexy in this film her looks can help take away from the frightful and chilling times that movies like this bring. So I suggest you watch "The Hitcher" for a thrill ride and to see the sexy Sophia Bush.
Definitely worth seeing in the theaters! (by jigsawsXapprentice)
*** THIS COMMENT MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS ***Okay, I figured this movie was on my mind so I would write what I thought about it. This is also coming from someone who hasn't seen the original so I had no bias going into the theater. This is strictly based on this movie, not how it compared to the original.This movie was really, really good in my opinion. I enjoyed watching it, it drew me in. It was exciting and very appropriate with the gore and violence.I hear a lot of bad things about how they never gave Ryder a motive and stuff like that but in my opinion I thought that was a really cool <more>
concept. Ryder is supposed to be this mysterious, nameless serial killer. He didn't need a motive and I think that was lost on a lot of people. Anyways about the car chase scene, I thought that was a really awesome scene. Usually in movies when there is a chase scene the directors put this orchestra score to it. This movie had Closer // NIN behind it which I think added a really cool vibe to the whole chase sequence. I think Sean Bean did a really good job as Ryder. He was creepy but in a "man I could pass anytime and not know he was completely insane" way. So to sum up, I gave this movie a ten. Not because I think it's the next Oscar contender for Best Picture or anything but it was well done, the acting was good, the plot was pretty realistic I'd say. It was good fun to watch and yes I'll admit, the night car part when he breaks the glass made me jump and I would love to go see it again. That is my opinion on it anyways. It's definitely worth seeing in the theater if a good thriller is what you're looking for.
Entertaining and intense by-the-numbers thriller (by yfguitarist)
I was looking forward to this film after seeing the trailer. I saw it opening weekend for a $4 matinée fee, and loved every minute of it. Of course, it's nothing new. If you've seen BREAKDOWN with Kurt Russell, JOYRIDE with Leelee Sobieski, or Stephen Spielberg's DUEL, you've seen this movie although this one is more violent and shocking . It's fairly mindless action, and yet the characters and their situation are engaging and I found myself genuinely rooting against the bad guy and for the good guys. I was angry at Sean Bean and exasperated by the meddlesome, <more>
incompetent police minus the cowboy-hat wearing sheriff that tries to save the lead female actress . The actors were convincing. The cinematography is at times beautiful and almost always stylish. I even jumped a few times at the parts where you're supposed to jump.There are obvious plot holes that usually accompany tight little thrillers such as these and PANIC ROOM, WAIT UNTIL DARK, and MISERY, but the pacing is quick and doesn't give you much time to worry about them. What's important in these "survival thrillers" not to be confused with survival horror such as DAWN OF THE DEAD and ALIEN is that the story is thrilling and the characters are real enough for you to suspend disbelief and put yourself in their plight. There's a sense of justice and morality throughout as our heroes desperately try to help others in danger of the sadistic, crazed hitchhiker. There are themes of self-sacrifice as well. The attitude taken towards the killer is the right one - they are sick and wrong, no matter how they may try to justify it. Unfortunately, impressionable young fans may misunderstand and find Sean Bean's character to be "badass". There are underlying themes - this could be described as a cautionary morality tale, and speculation can be drawn into Sean Bean's character as well - but for the most part it's a simple, exciting adventure that is an escape for the majority of viewers that don't find themselves in explosive high-speed pursuits on a daily basis.The detractors will hate it because it's a remake starring attractive teens, has predictable scares and a predictable script, and is directed by a music video director, made obviously just to cash in on the remake trend and appeal to "the MTV generation of teeny boppers that are too uncultured to understand true cinema" and need scenes of flashy violence and editing. However, I couldn't disagree more. Directors have to start somewhere, and the experience in music videos is certainly an advantage to the visual style of this film and others such as THE Texas CHAINSAW MASSACRE remake, another under-appreciated and too often bashed horror film, mainly by fans of the original. These critiques are ignorant and lump audiences into simple categories, that are not factual. I don't know about you, but I love all sorts of movies, not just the "classics." For what it is, it's done well, as long as you leave your biases and expectations for another MEMENTO or SCHINDLER'S LIST at the door. There's nothing wrong with indulging in a professionally-made, action-packed thriller once in a while.For the price I paid and the entertainment I got, it was well worth the hour and a half ride. I gave it a 6/10. Rated R for some shocking scenes of violence and brutality, and language.
I thought that they did a good job with the movie. It is quite faithful to the original only changing 2 or 3 things. I loved the original and thought that this one held up to the quality of it. People will enjoy this movie more then some of the other horror movies out there right now. It is a popcorn movie that will keep you on the edge of your seat. I thought that the acting was decent and they keep the overall tone of the original. While not as graphic as the other horror remakes by Platinum Dunes, I thought it was just as good. The movie does take a little bit to get going though. I also <more>
thought that there could have been a little more character development in the movie. I have to admit that I like Sophia Bush and Sean Bean though as actors.