While driving through the New Mexico Desert during a rainy night, the college students Jim Halsey and his girlfriend Grace Andrews give a ride to the hitchhiker John Ryder. While in their car, the stranger proves to be a psychopath threatening the young couple with a knife, but Jim succeeds to throw him out of the car on the road. On the next morning, the young couple sees John in another car with a family, and while trying to advise the driver that the man is dangerous, they have an accident. While walking on the road, they find the whole family stabbed in the car, and John sees that the driver is still alive. He drives to a restaurant seeking for help, but the police blame Jim and Grace to the murder and send them to the police station. However, John kills the policemen and pursues the couple, playing a tragic and violent mouse and cat game with Grace and Jim. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The car Jim drives is an Oldsmobile 442. See more »
In the shot when the family car passes Jim and Grace there is a little girl in a car seat. When they come on the car on the side of the road again, the little girl is not in the car nor in the car seat when Grace tosses it out. The little girl is never seen again through out the movie. In the special features section of the DVD is a clip of the news report of the family's murder - the girl's body can be seen in the rear with her brother's body. There are several differences between the news report and the events in the film: It states the family was found off highway 110, but in the film Grace and Jim drove the car to the diner; the children are said to be "between 8 and 12 years old", in the film, the girl is seen in a car seat, far younger. See more »
There is 1 good thing in this film Sophie Bush. Having watched the original Hitcher with the legendary Rutger Hauer i always remember thinking how creepy the guy was. He was a natural and also pretty much unknown at the time. This remake however had nothing like the effect of the original. Yes maybe because I know whats going to happen even though there are some subtle differences but Sean Bean. I don't think an actor that well known fits this part. The other annoying thing is that no matter what happens to the kids in the film, Attacked, accused of murder blah blah they still continue to their ultimate destination. Any normal person would ring the police or turn around and go back... DOH !!!!
Don't bother in my opinion
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