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Grisly Thriller

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Release Date: January 19, 2007

Starring: Sean Bean, Sophia Bush, Zachary Knighton, and Neal McDonough

Genre: Thriller

Audience: Older teenagers and adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 84 minutes

Address Comments To:

James Schamus, President
Focus Features/Rogue Pictures
A Division of Universal Pictures
65 Bleecker St., 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10012
Phone: (212) 539-4000
Fax: (212) 539-4099
Website: www.focusfeatures.com

Content:

(PaPa, CC, B, LLL, VVV, S, N, MM) Strong, slightly mixed pagan worldview where the police are powerless to capture and keep a clever, maniacal killer imprisoned so that two citizens eventually have to take the law into their own hands and eventually try to kill him, overt Christian content such as mortally wounded Christian man prays and makes biblical references while dying and his family's car has references to Jesus, Christianity and Heaven on it and in it, and confused moral elements as characters battle and try to escape a really evil killer who is clearly shown to be psychotic; at least 40 mostly strong obscenities with many "f" words, two strong profanities and seven light exclamatory profanities; lots of sometimes grisly, very strong violence, with many bloody images, includes man holds knife to young woman's face and threatens her and her boyfriend, villain wrecks another man's cell phone, lots of violent car crashes with vehicles tumbling end over end and crashing into one another, people shot to death, one character shot point blank in the head, one character's body split in two, man lies bleeding to death with knife stuck in his chest with extended images of him bleeding and spurting blood, implied murder of a young child with some blood on stuffed animal, policemen shot to death, policemen's throats and chests are shown to be sliced or stabbed, policemen lay in pools of blood, policemen's bodies are bloody from wounds, man bloodies his hand escaping from handcuffs, policeman's throat punctured, other policemen are shot in head, bloody handprints on windows, etc.; two vulgar sexual references verbally using the "f" word (see language count) and unmarried male/female couple embraces while taking shower together; implied female and male nudity in shower scene and upper male nudity; no alcohol use; no smoking; and, kidnapping, couple leaves motorist stranded but motorist looks unsavory and acts weirdly, couple takes gun away from policeman because they are afraid of a killer and want to defend themselves, and vicious killer asks one harried victim if it feels good doing violence and victim replies, "I feel nothing."

Summary:

THE HITCHER is a remake of a shocking cult movie from 1986, about a mysterious, unkempt stranded motorist who terrorizes two young college students as well as the police and a Christian family that he murders. THE HITCHER is fairly uninvolving because the two main characters, the college students, are stupid and insipid, and because the movie contains grisly, shocking violence and an excessive foul language.

Review:

THE HITCHER is a remake of a shocking cult movie from 1986. Sean Bean stars as a stranded mysterious motorist who hitches a ride with Jim and Grace, two young college students driving to Arizona from Texas for spring break. The unkempt hitcher calls himself John Ryder and immediately starts asking crude personal questions about Grace and Jim's relationship. He then threatens Grace's life with a knife. Jim manages to kick the man out of their car. The stranger shows up again, however, having hitched a ride with a Christian family. Jim and Grace discover that the stranger has murdered the family, with the father mortally wounded. Thus begins an intense, gruesome chase sequence of capture, escape and murder that even the police are powerless to stop.

In this movie, the hitchhiker's two main victims, Jim and Grace, are so stupid that the movie is fairly uninvolving. In the most stupid scene, Jim drives on the wrong side of the road to warn the Christian family, but he ends up crashing his vehicle to avoid a head-on collision with a truck. Also making THE HITCHER unappealing is its grisly, shocking violence and an excessive amount of strong foul language.

THE HITCHER is being marketed to teenagers and young adults looking for cheap, violent thrills, but it is not really worth anyone's time or money, for any reason.

In Brief:

THE HITCHER is a remake of a shocking movie from 1986. Sean Bean stars as a stranded mysterious motorist who hitches a ride with Jim and Grace, two young college students traveling to Arizona for spring break. The unkempt hitcher calls himself John Ryder and starts asking crude personal questions. He then threatens Grace's life with a knife. Jim manages to kick the man out of their car. The stranger shows up again, however, having hitched a ride with a Christian family. Jim and Grace discover that the stranger has murdered the family, with the father mortally wounded. Thus begins an intense, gruesome chase sequence of capture, escape and murder that even the police are powerless to stop.

In this movie, the hitchhiker's two main victims, Jim and Grace, are so stupid that the movie is fairly uninvolving. In the most stupid scene, Jim drives on the wrong side of the road to warn the Christian family, but he ends up crashing his vehicle to avoid a head-on collision with a truck. Also making THE HITCHER unappealing is its grisly, shocking violence and an excessive amount of strong foul language.