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Highwaymen

MPAA Rating: R for violence, some gore and brief language
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Primary Audience:
Adults
Genre:
Action, Crime, Suspense, Thriller
Length:
1 hr. 18 min.
Year of Release:
2004
USA Release:
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Featuring: James Caviezel (The Passion of the Christ, Angel Eyes, Frequency, The Count of Monte Cristo, High Crimes, Pay It Forward), Rhona Mitra (The Life of David Gale, Sweet Home Alabama), Frankie Faison (Gods and Generals, Red Dragon, Showtime), Gordon Currie (Left Behind II: Tribulation Force, Left Behind: The Movie), Colm Feore (Paycheck, Chicago)
Director: Robert Harmon (Wes Craven Presents: They)
Producer: Brad Jenkel, Avi Lerner, Mitchell Marcus, Lynn Harris, Bradley Jenkel, Carroll Kemp, Mike Marcus
Distributor: New Line Cinema
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Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “Revenge hits the road—Since the hit-and-run murder of his wife five years ago, Rennie Cray (Jim Caveziel) has crisscrossed America in his souped-up, stripped-down ’78 Plymouth Barracuda, pursuing her killer. The man he seeks in a high-speed, high-stakes game of cat-and-mouse is James Fargo (Colm Feore), 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 (Rhona Mitra) who unwittingly holds the key to their ultimate showdown.”

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Positive—“Highwaymen” is somewhat reminiscent of “Mad Max,” except the character development is cut out and in its place is “Fast and the Furious” type action (instead of “Thriller” as posted on the box). This removes any feeling we are supposed to have for characters (for the first half of the movie at least) in turn removes the “Thriller” aspect of the movie and puts in action.

As an action movie “Highwaymen” is not all that bad, the camera work and directing has improved since “They,” the acting is good, and so are the stunts. The blood and gore is not extreme for an “R” film but nevertheless is still heavy. The language in “Highwaymen” could be put in any PG-13 film: several “S” words and 1 “F” may still offend a lot of parents. Overall, I enjoyed this movie, and think it could make a good Saturday-night renter.
My Ratings: [Average/3]
—Alex Vaughan, age 17
Movie Critics
…Painted in shades of “Mad Max,” “Duel,” “Crash” and “The Driver,” “Highwaymen” is so derivative that it constantly reminds you of better films as it spits out a barrage of sound and fury…
—Gary Dowell, Dallas Morning News
…all bone, no meat, save for what ends up on the asphalt… filled with images of men and women getting obliterated by moving metal and reduced to blood, guts and gristle…
—Robert Wilonsky, Dallas Observer
James Caviezel plays Rennie, a character very far removed from his role as Jesus in The Passion of Christ…‘Highwaymen’ has a lot of potential but it fumbles at the goal line.
—Scott Chitwood, comingsoon.net
…Road rage taken to the extreme… something to tide you over until the summer no-brainer action movies come along…
—Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone, TheMovieChicks.com
…For thrills and gory scenes, ‘Highwaymen’ has them in abundance…
—Stefan Halley, Hero Realm
…a really bad movie… The acting is first rate… This movie will remind some people of “Joyride” with no joy…
—Randy, dvdfuture.com
…Road rage taken to the extreme… something to tide you over until the summer no-brainer action movies come along…
—Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone, TheMovieChicks.com