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.
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