A case of mistaken identity lands Slevin into the middle of a war being plotted by two of the city's most rival crime bosses: The Rabbi and The Boss. Slevin is under constant surveillance by relentless Detective Brikowski as well as the infamous assassin Goodkat and finds himself having to hatch his own ingenious plot to get them before they get him.
Jake Vig (Burns) is a consummate grifter about to pull his biggest con yet, one set to avenge his friend's murder. But his last scam backfired, leaving him indebted to a mob boss (Hoffman) and his enforcer.
The story focuses on a man who suffers "anesthetic awareness" and finds himself awake and aware, but paralyzed, during heart surgery. His mother must wrestle with her own demons as a drama unfolds around them, while trying to unfold the story hidden behind her son's young wife.
Since the hit-and-run murder of his wife five years ago, Rennie Cray has crisscrossed America in his souped-up, stripped-down '68 Plymouth Barracuda, pursuing her killer. The man he seeks in a high-speed, high-stakes game of cat-and-mouse is James Fargo, a merciless, wheelchair-bound pyschopath. Through a series of mechanical innovations, Fargo has turned his rampaging '72 Cadillac Eldorado into a monstrous extension of his own twisted body and mind. Now, their deadly battle of wits and wills is about to move into overdrive. And caught in their headlights is a tormented beauty who unwittingly holds the key to their ultimate showdown. Written by
Sujit R. Varma
Rennie Cray (Jim Caviezel) drives a 1968 Plymouth Barracuda with the 426 Hemi Package. This extremely rare "race prepped" car uses a 426 cubic inch Hemi V8, paired with lightweight front bumpers and fenders. The car also omitted things such as sound deadening and rear seats to keep the weight down. A sticker reading "Accelerated Time Trials Only" was placed on the car. A mere 50 were made in 1968. See more »
As the car flips at the climax of the movie, the left rear wheel entirely comes off the axle, yet, when the car finally settles back onto the ground, the wheel is back on. See more »
My interest in seeing Highwaymen stems from the fact that it was directed by Robert Harmon; the same man behind what is probably the best road thriller ever made, 'The Hitcher'. Any hopes of this being as good as the 1986 film are quashed immediately, however, as an early scene that sees a number of cars smash into each other makes it clear that the action scenes aren't directed with any panache, and once the film starts properly and we are introduced to the dull cast of characters; all that we are left with is a rather crappy thriller. It seems as if Harmon thought he was directing something more like The Terminator, as the lead villain is a mechanical monstrosity, while Jim Caviezel's character stinks of Michael Biehn's Reese in the aforementioned masterpiece. The film gets underway when a young woman escapes from a car accident that claimed her friend. It soon becomes apparent that the perpetrator is a serial hit and runner, as the mysterious Rennie pops up and tells the young woman that he has been hunting the man in the car ever since he killed his wife.
In fairness, this film has to be given some plaudits for the fact that the car chases don't utilise CGI, and so they have a certain realism to them (even if this realism is often way over the top). It's hard to really care for any of the action, though, because the characters are so poor and since the lead actress is so irritating, I often found myself cheering on the murderer. The villain is slightly different to the norm; given that he's a wheelchair bound maniac driving a specially adapted car, which he uses as a murder weapon. However, this sort of thing has been seen many times before and the fact that it's all so unlikely brings it down. Jim Caviezel hasn't been in many great films, but he should be glad that Mel Gibson took a chance on him in 2004 as I'm sure he wouldn't want to make rubbish like this for the rest of his career. The central cast is rounded off by British actress Rhona Mitra, who doesn't get to do much in her role. Overall, this is a far from perfectly pitched thriller; the action sequences aren't very exciting, the characters are boring and the plot doesn't offer much. Not worth bothering with, is my verdict.
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