The Hitcher 

I haven't seen the original 1986 version this movie, so I can't tell you how it compares. I can, however, rate it against its contemporaries in the suspense-thriller genre: It's so-so.

Traditional villain Sean Bean (National Treasure) takes a darker turn in this film, reprising Rutger Hauer's role as highway terrorist John Ryder. Bean's British accent accidentally creeps into his speech patterns once or twice, but it's his weathered face and dry laugh that make him a good fit for a scary movie. Relative newcomer/Brett Favre-look-alike Zachary Knighton (The Prince and Me) and One Tree Hill's Sophia Bush star as spring breakers on the run from Bean's psychotic hitchhiker-turned-madman.

Though there are a handful of distinctly well-placed scares, nothing about this movie distinguishes it from any of the other seemingly duplicate films that have come out in the past few years, save one nifty police chase featuring a perfectly selected audio bed supplied by Nine Inch Nails.

Bean is the best thing about the film, but the script foolishly hints at potential motivation for his killing spree, then doesn't deliver. The resolution is rather abrupt, ending on an empowering note, but without any explanation--and hence, without satisfaction.

Add this one to the list of films offering a few good scares and not much else.

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