HOME |  JOIN |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Lost in Paris
Goodbye Lover
Mouse Story: The Adventures of George and Gerald
Young Dragons: Kung Fu Kids
Spider-Man: Homecoming
Amazing Mr. X, The
Haunted House Elf
Lost & Found
Reformation
Abyss, The
Agent 505: Death Trap in Beirut
Lured
Jem and the Holograms
Burning of Red Lotus Monastery, The
Bag Boy Lover Boy
Sleepless Night
Willy McBean and His Magic Machine
Robbery
Tag
Never Back Down
Doraemon: Nobita's Little Star Wars
Kriminal
It Comes at Night
Strangled
Mojin - The Lost Legend
Poison Ivy
Celine and Julie Go Boating
Union Station
My Brother Talks to Horses
Storks
   
 
Newest Articles
Re: Possession of Vehicles - Killer Cars, Trucks and a Vampire Motorcycle
The Whicker Kicker: Whicker's World Vols 5&6 on DVD
The Empress, the Mermaid and the Princess Bride: Three 80s Fantasy Movies
Witching Hour: Hammer House of Horror on Blu-ray
Two Sides of Sellers: The Party vs The Optimists
Norse Code: The Vikings vs The Long Ships
Over the Moon - Space: 1999 The Complete Series on Blu-ray Part 2
Alpha Males and Females - Space: 1999 The Complete Series on Blu-ray Part 1
Animated Anxieties: From the Era of the Creepiest Cartoons
Manor On Movies--Clegg (1970)
   
 
  Highwaymen Hell On WheelsBuy this film here.
Year: 2003
Director: Robert Harmon
Stars: Jim Caviezel, Rhona Mitra, Frankie Faison, Colm Feore, Gordon Currie, Andrea Roth, Noam Jenkins
Genre: Horror, Action, Thriller
Rating:  6 (from 2 votes)
Review: Five years ago, Rennie (Jim Caviezel) witnessed his wife being killed in a deliberate hit and run incident; now he drives around the U.S.A. searching for the man who committed the murder. Molly (Rhona Mitra) is a singer in a choir who is attending practice one night, and she declines a lift home from a fellow performer to go with her friend Alex (Andrea Roth). As they drive through the city streets, they enter a tunnel only to be met with the sight of a crashed truck which carried a horse - Alex swerves to avoid it and causes the truck behind her to crash. They stop to survey the damage, and Alex tells Molly to stay where she is while she goes to get help, but there's another car in the tunnel... the car belonging to the hit and run driver...

This bizarre, handsomely photographed horror was scripted by Craig Mitchell and Hans Bauer, and sounds like it could feature the plot of a seventies drive-in movie with its gimmicky serial killer and action sequences. However, director Robert Harmon doesn't go the sensational route but instead opts for a moody approach where a trashy style might have served the more than slightly silly story better. Its murderer, Fargo (Colm Feore), is a man who has made himself part of his car, an extension of his body as Rennie says, after he was seriously injured in a smash up. So we glimpse the killer as a wheelchair-bound half man-half machine, with prosthetic limbs and a neck brace, zooming around in his customised car.

If you're looking for positive images of the disabled, then move along please, because you won't find them here. Fargo is an irredeemable psychopath, although at least we find out he was a psychopath before his crippling accident rather than because of it. When he sees Alex in the tunnel, he doesn't waste much time in running her over with undisguised glee, using his car as weapon of choice. Molly manages to escape, but not before Fargo has taken a photograph of her for future reference, and speeds off. At the crime scene, Rennie turns up and realises that the killer won't be satisfied with letting Molly go so easily, so decides to help her by helping himself - he will use her as bait.

Later, Rennie meets Molly at a support group, and persuades her to arrange a meeting. Rennie is just as obsessed as Fargo, and they have been engaging in a cat and mouse chase across the states, communicating via CB radio to taunt each other. At this point, another pursuer enters the story, a middle aged traffic investigator named Macklin (Frankie Faison) who realises that Rennie has something to do with the tunnel incident. And so the small cast of characters is complete, and Fargo makes his move by smashing into a car Molly is riding in one night, flipping it upside down and towing it along the highway with a chain until Rennie catches up with them. These action scenes are well handled, but can't shake the feeling of what you're watching is expertly-staged nonsense.

After that, Molly reluctantly teams up with Rennie, and more low key acting ensues as there's nobody turning up the charisma here. The hunter versus the hunted storyline is a tried and tested one, and Highwaymen keeps this formula as simple as possible, with any dialogue about motives and purpose seeming extraneous. Fargo used to pore over car crash photographs when he was a kid, Rennie was the one who smashed up the killer in revenge, but of course the police never take an interest, seeing the deaths as random accidents. Eventually the action moves to the middle of nowhere, lonely highways running between rolling plains, which is where it looks most comfortable, and the final confrontation occurs with Molly as a strangely fetishised kidnap victim. You can admire the film's single-mindedness and sleek appearance, but its lack of depth does nothing to make its big idea look palatable, and even though it's short, it should have lost the final minute. Music by Mark Isham.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 7369 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Who's the best?
Robin Askwith
Mark Wahlberg
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Andrew Pragasam
Darren Jones
Keith Rockmael
Paul Shrimpton
Enoch Sneed
Ian Phillips
Jensen Breck
   

 

Last Updated: