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essaywhu's avatar


Rutger Hauer is a total badass in this and the car/helicopter stunts are unbelievable. This film would never get made with these real effects these days except maybe by Christopher Nolan (He actually flipped a truck in one of his Batman movies, but any other director would use CGI.) The action sequences are a total blast but the film is a little bit of a downer, overall.
9 years 5 months ago
mathiasa's avatar


Nice atmosphere but sadly the plot is driven by the protagonists implausible actions. Overall, rather enjoyable and better than the remake.
10 years 7 months ago
jerthejerjer's avatar


I love Howell but he was a terrible actor in his youth. I don't get the hype on this movie either. It's not terrible but it's not amazing either.
12 years 5 months ago
Siskoid's avatar


Rutger Hauer brings the same kind of joyful, desperate menace in The Hitcher, a film that, if not for starring the Ponyboy from The Outsiders and Jennifer Jason Leigh looking like a teenager, does not easily betray its incep date of 1986. It has the gritty cinematography of the 70s (we can thank John Seale for that, you may also know him as the cinematographer for Fury Road, so... yeah!) and gives me 90s neo-noir vibes too. So a kid picks up a hitch-hiker in the desert and he turns out to be a psycho who wants to destroy or at least transform his life (it's noteworthy that the kid, Jim, wants to go to California to change his life). Is Hauer's character a madman? A force of nature? An evil spirit? Death itself? An alter ego of some kind? Roy Batty sent back through time? The ambiguity (coupled with its gorgeous look) is what gives the film its staying power. You really don't know where this hell ride is going, but man does it tap into every possible fear you might have of being on the road in strange country.
3 years 5 months ago
george4mon's avatar


well your both wrong :P it's a good film
12 years ago
The Doctor's avatar

The Doctor

I don't get the hype behind this film. All that tethers the story is one ludicrous scene after the next. The scene's have no point, other than to shock or thrill, which it does neither. Howell and Hauer have nothing much to perform or extemporize with their characters. That famous scene involving the truck at the end is good, but once you take away that you have a very bad picture.
13 years ago
OrjanB's avatar


Nice cinematography and tension. Extra points for all the cop killing. Like the minimalist plot. Rutger Hauer and Howell did a good job. Very nice movie. 8,5/10.
8 years 2 months ago
The_Comatorium's avatar


I think they made a really bad remake a couple years ago with Sean Bean, who was cast only because he is great at dying. Is that a spoiler? I’m sorry, this film has been out for almost three decades now so you’re going to have to deal with that. The film takes place in the asshole of America, the Midwest, in where a hitchhiker is picked up by Thomas C. Howell, who will now be referred to Ponyboy for the rest of this review. That hitchhiker is played by everybody’s favorite android, Rutger Hauer. Hauer immediately tries to thank Ponyboy for picking him up by trying to snuff him out but is unsuccessful as he accidentally falls out of the car. This sets up the theme of the film; “Is Rutger Hauer a ninja ghost?” The answer is a resounding yes. Somehow, Hauer manages to frame Ponyboy for all his previous and occurring crimes which leaves us watching Ponyboy try to get out of it. He meets Jennifer Jason Leigh along the way and we have a soup of 1980′s trivial pursuit questions to make up this movie.

I actually ended up liking the film. Most of this is because of Rutger Hauer. The man is just a screen menace that only Klaus Kinski can top. You want to scare the shit out of your audience without really doing much? Just stick Rutger Hauer’s face on the screen and let everything else fall into place. The mystery and creepiness he brings to his Hitcher character is worth seeing the movie alone. The camera work was surprisingly good for a 1980s slasher film as the slow pans really helped setting the mood. I never thought Ponyboy was a good actor evidenced by his over the top performance in everything he has ever done including this. His character seems to always choose a place to hide that is not open or is full of people who will die sooner than later, which brings me back to the theme…

Rutger Hauer is a ninja.

He manages to be in every single nook and cranny without anybody ever knowing he is there. He could have worked for MI6 but instead he has chosen to walk the roads in the middle of nowhere and stalk people who are just waiting to die anyway. He gets out of every single situation he is in, manages to wipe out a whole police unit and still manage to make it loo like Ponyboy did it, and also slips body parts into french fries with what I’m only going to assume is the magic of Cthulhu. He’s the real deal.

The film has some pretty great action/thrilling scenes like the gas station getaway, police car shootout, and let’s not forget one of the most gruesome off screen deaths to a likable character ever. Seriously, I can’t believe they were allowed to do that. I was shocked. Overall, it’s a pretty great 80s slasher that is highlighted by the one and only Rutger Hauer. I don’t want french fries at a diner ever again.

9 years 9 months ago
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