Saturday, April 17, 2010

The Hitcher (2007)

THE HITCHER begins with a young couple heading out for Spring Break on a long and lonesome road through New Mexico. A chance encounter with a murderous hitchhiker leaves them running for their lives in a sadistic game of cat and mouse. Sean Bean steps in for Rutger Hauer in this recent remake of the classic film, whose chiseled features and razorblade smile make him appear trustworthy until he shifts gears in to his chilling true self. Bean is an excellent choice for John Ryder, and manages a strong performance that is worthy of the role. The addition of a second character from the start allows for some much needed dialog (though be it filler) throughout the earlier scenes. The most apparent problem that exists with this version is that it shares a near-identical plot progression to the 1986 film, capitalizing on all of the most memorable moments with minimal changes. This makes it unnecessary at best, and a plagiaristic reshoot at worst. Despite the similarities, Meyers remake does recreate much of the same action and suspense with much success, giving it a clean look with decent acting even if it fails to produce anything original. Overall, audiences will find that THE HITCHER is an enjoyable representation of the story, though be it a clone.

Rating: 8/10.
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7 comments:

  1. I have to admit to being bored by the remake. It was so well cast the first time and the plot so compelling, but this time I found I didn't really care about or even really like the people being pursued. There's always something more scary about being pursued alone like in "Duel" that I wasn't feeling it with the use of a couple.

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  2. I didnt mind the couple all though I entirely agree that these two in particular didnt draw me in much, but when I first watched the original a couple weeks back, I was surprised at how empty the dialog was while the kid ran around on his own for a while. I thought the production and casting were all pretty good here, much better than expected at least, but man was it a friggin scene for scene remake. Probably the closest one I have seen since PSYCHO!

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  3. I think that's too high. The remake was just pointless. Not as pointless as The Omen's remake, but in the same vein.

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  4. The remake was *alright*. Much prefer the orig, as usual!

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  5. Theres no mistaking that the original was the superior film, but I felt that outside of fact that it was practically the same film, newer audiences that never would have revisited the original wouldnt find this to be a bad film at all, but I would have to agree that this and THE OMEN were needlessly remade. I actually had a decent time watching this one though, which wasnt expected at all. It should have been much worse, the one thing that really annoyed me was Closer playing over the police chase though. The fact that they didnt tone down the child killing, cop killing, and then the ending were all completely unexpected!

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  6. I might give this one a rent, Carl. I stayed away from both this one as well as THE OMEN clone. These remakes get my goat so much. Especially when you try to recommend the original to someone and they say it's too old, or boring, or some shit like that. Regardless of how closely they tend to follow the original, the newer version always seems to win over the casual viewers.

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  7. That will be the unfortunate case with this one as well V, it is good enough where younger audiences will have no reason to return to the original if they are surface level Horror fans. It is worth a rent in my opinion, but you will likely be impressed at how unoriginal it is

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