hitcher1.jpgThe Hitcher
FILM
Rogue Pictures
Now playing in cinemas nationwide

The night before the press screening of “The Hitcher” was my big birthday bash. Needless to say, the next day was a rough one and I didn’t want to do anything. Tired and not looking forward to going anywhere (it was also snowing), I made it up to the Times Square theatre. I get there and a line is wrapped behind the building waiting for the one extra seat that the next in line desperately hopes to get. I get to my seat and the theatre is huge and packed. Promptly at 7:30 the adventure begins. This is an update of the 1986 original, and a pretty fantastic one. Grace Andrews (Sophia Bush) and Jim Halsey (Zachary Knighton) make up the cute college couple headed for their annual spring break through New Mexico. After nearly hitting a hitchhiker with their car (Sean Bean as John Ryder), the title character ends up at the same gas station and soon asks them for a ride to the next town. As the say “sure” everyone in the theatre gives a giggle since we all know what is about to begin. These people messed with the wrong man. After literally kicking him out of the car they race to find help and soon find they are now being hunted. This film has all the typical horror expectations: cute girl, cute guy, evil man who will stop at nothing, and of course, that one guy in the audience shouting SHOOT THE F*****. Of course they don’t. From producer Michael Bay (“The Rock”) you have some of the best action and chase scenes around. I have not seen so many cool car chases and explosions in quite a while. I was also waiting for the inevitable: which one is going to die? Well, I will leave that for you to find out, but it was pretty friggin’ exciting. I have to say…who knew a killer could be so hot! For a horror remake and a little NIN (nine inch nails) in the background, this film is the most fun I have had in a theatre in years. Just know what you’re getting into.