Psycho Thriller Movie Reviews The Hitcher (Remake)
The Hitcher Movie Remake Reviewed
The Hitcher is a remake of the original 80's film starring Rutger Hauer as a man who hitch hikes and kills many people on the way, until he comes across Jim, who he challenges to stop him and a cat and mouse chase ensues throughout the quieter parts of Americas roads, with this remake it is essentially the same film story wise, I suppose it had to be, to pitch a serial killing psychopath against an unsuspecting driver alone on the road.
This time however Jim brings his girlfriend along for the ride, which draws a parallel with the original, because he later meets some woman at the diner in that movie and nearly eats a severed finger and then the woman is drawn into this psychos nutty game, so it's nice to start off the character development right from the beginning with these two victim personas.
Although Sean Beans acting and American accent is convincing, he cannot beat Rutger Hauer for his calm evilness, in this movie Sean Bean comes across more of a drifter, where as Rutger sort of made it look slick and a more polished performance of a calm faced psycho, although don't let that put you off, the ending is way different and here is a shift of roles between the two central characters of Grace and Jim and it's something that you don't expect, but them again, if it was a straight remake, then what's the point?
A few scenes that happen in the original also happen in this one, the famous truck body stretch happens and the bit at the beginning when John Rider (Sean Bean) first says To Jim " I want you to stop me!" and there are other smaller parts in the story that play just like the original, but it does seem that Beans part is rather underplayed and not very well thought out, I know I keep drawing comparisons to the original but that was the better film and in that one the killer got more screen time and was able to be developed more as a character in his own right.
I do recommend this one, even if it is only to celebrate the original for the best and most original Hitcher....
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