Plot – Two students (Sophia Bush, Zachary Knighton) encounter a demented
hitchhiker (Sean Bean, Flightplan)
What's Going On: The Hitcher is a
remake of the '86 psychological thriller starring a
young Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner) and Jennifer Jason
Leigh (Fast Times at Ridgemont High).
This version is updated for today's audiences.
You can tell this by the increased number of explosions
and severed jugular veins, as Bean's John Ryder piles up
the body count and frames Grace (One Tree Hill)
and Jim for the bloody crimes, making them fugitives from
the only people that can help them: the
You Should Go: Goit nothing to do fir 83 minutes?
You could do a lot worse than "Hitcher." (Cedric the Entertainer's recent code
name, The Cleaner comes to mind.) Fans of
the original will appreciate the scene where young Jim
is chained between two semis at the
mercy (or lack thereof) of nutjob Ryder, and Bush
is cute to look at. And proves
that chicks rule by picture's end.
Greg: 7 out of 10
Roy: 7 out of
– When a Vegas performer (Jeremy
Piven) decides to
testify against the mob,
a one million bounty is put on his head, attracting a spectacular
array of hired guns.
What's Going On: Illusionist Buddy
"Aces" Israel is cought in the middle of a tug-of-war
between the FBI and the Las Vegas Mob. When Israel
turns state evidence, a $1,000,000 price tag is put on
his head, and a bizarre assortment of hitmen (and women)
show up to collect, including a trio of neo-Nazi kamikazes (Chris
Pine, Kevin Durand, Maury Serling), a legendary torturer/assassin (Nestor
Carbonell), a master of disguise (Tommy
Flanagan, Gladiator), and a pair of black lesbian contract killers
(Alicia Keys, Taraji P. Henson).
Why You Should Go: Aces is flashy
and fun to watch. There's not a lot of screen time
to go around, but everyone makes the most of their
burn. Rapper Common (dressed in all black, as
befits a true bad guy!) exudes menace in his role, and
songstress Alicia Keys is impressive in her screen debut
as well, all sex appeal at first glance, but as deadly
as a black widow up close. Henson (Hustle &
Flow, Baby Boy)really steals the show with her portrayal
of a tough-as-nails chick who has lost her heart (as
cold as it is) to another woman. Jeremy Piven is
convincing as a man who has
sold his soul to the devil and has to pay
up - ASAP! Lastly, Ray Liotta and Ryan
Reynolds (Van Wilder) are suitably clueless as
a couple of FBI agents that are always the last
to know, and Jason Bateman and Ben Affleck
have notable cameos, as well.
– Greg: 8.5 out of 10
Roy: 6.5 out of