Released by Rogue Pictures (Now Universal Pictures)
Release Date: January 19th, 2007
Starring: Sean Bean, Sophia Bush, Zachary Knighton
Written by Eric Red, Jake Wade Wall, and Eric Bernt
Directed by Dave Meyer
Rated R (strong bloody violence, terror and language)
There is a chase that happens about two thirds of the way through the film where the couple steals a police car in order to get away from the police and the hitcher. While the couple are talking to the police on the radio, the Hitcher shows up in a black trans am (or something like that. I don't know cars.) and kills all of the police officers following the couple. There is really nothing wrong with this scene. We have seen the hitcher take out an entire police station full of cops, single handedly, so why not? No. The biggest thing wrong with this scene is the fact that the filmmakers decided to put the Nine Inch Nails song "Closer" over the scene. The scene is not edited to the song either. It just plays over the scene. Next time you go out, play this song and watch the local traffic go about their day. you will notice that the song doesn't fit that either. I know why the filmmakers put that song into the film but they could have at least done some editing so that the song kind of fits.
I hated The Hitcher. I wanted to turn the film off on many occasions, but I trudged through and was I ever sorry that I did. Sure, I got a crappy review (the film is crappy, not what I am saying about it) and I am sure that someone will read this and they will either watch the film because I hated or avoid it for the same reasons. This is truly a terrible film. Stay away, stay far away.