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Roy & Greg's Movie Review

 

Hitcher 

 

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 police.

 

Why 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.

 

Ratings Greg: 7 out of 10

                    Roy: 7 out of 10

 

 

 

Smokin' Aces 

 

Plot 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.

 

Ratings Greg: 8.5 out of 10

                    Roy: 6.5 out of 10

 

 

Thanks for checking us out!  Tune in next week for more movie reviews by Roy and Greg

 

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