The Hitcher

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"Never pick up strangers."
  • R
  • 2007
  • 1 hr 24 min
  • 5.6  (44,539)
  • 28

The Hitcher is a suspenseful thriller movie released in 2007, directed by Dave Meyers, and stars Sean Bean, Sophia Bush, and Zachary Knighton. The movie is a remake of the 1986 film of the same name but contains some significant differences. It follows the story of a couple who finds themselves in grave danger when they hitchhike a ride with a sadistic and insane man who enjoys killing for fun.

The movie begins when Jim (played by Zachary Knighton) and Grace (Sophia Bush), who are college students, are on a road trip to celebrate their spring break. On their journey, they decide to take a shortcut through the desert, where they saw a hitchhiker (Sean Bean) standing by the road. He seems friendly, and they invite him in the car. They have a conversation and seem to get along, but soon Grace falls asleep and wakes up to find out that Jim is not in the car. She assumes he got out to use the bathroom or something, but when the hitchhiker starts acting strangely and reveals his true nature, it quickly becomes apparent that Jim's disappearance is not a coincidence.

Grace manages to escape from the hitchhiker and drives away from him, but he keeps popping up in unexpected places, creating a sense of paranoia and dread on her journey. She soon comes to the realization that the hitchhiker is not just an ordinary person but a sadistic psychopath who enjoys terrorizing his victims. Along the way, she meets a cop named Esteridge (played by Neal McDonough), who helps her in her pursuit of the hitchhiker. But the chase becomes more dangerous as the hitchhiker turns out to be more powerful and deceptive than she thought.

The Hitcher is an intense psychological thriller that keeps the audience on edge with the non-stop action, bloodshed, and suspense. The movie is well paced, with well-timed moments of silence and music to create tension and ambiance. The performances of the main cast are noteworthy, with Sophia Bush portraying a strong and determined character who fights for survival. Sean Bean's portrayal of the hitchhiker is haunting, and he brings the character to life with his excellent acting skills, as he portrays a man who is evil beyond measure, with a twisted sense of humor.

The movie's setting, mainly the vast desert and empty highways, adds to the sense of isolation and danger. Director Dave Meyers uses the setting well, as the audience is made to feel like they're on the same journey as Grace, isolated and vulnerable on the open road, with no help in sight.

The Hitcher is not just a mindless slasher movie; it explores deep-seated themes of the human psyche, morality, and the concept of evil. The overarching question is, what drives a person to commit such heinous crimes? Is it their upbringing, their mental state, or is it just the raw thrill and adrenaline rush that killing provides? The movie leaves these questions open to interpretation, as the audience is left to make their conclusions.

Overall, The Hitcher is an intense, suspenseful movie that horror and thriller enthusiasts will appreciate. It contains graphic violence and gore, which may not be suitable for some viewers. However, it is a well-crafted movie that keeps the audience engaged and on the edge of their seat until the very end.

The Hitcher is a 2007 action movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 24 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.6 and a MetaScore of 28.

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    5.6  (44,539)
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