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Highwaymen
cast: Jim Caviezel, Rhona Mitra, Frankie Faison, and Colm Feore

director: Robert Harmon

80 minutes (18) 2003
widescreen ratio 2.35:1
EV DVD Region 2 rental or retail
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RATING: 4/10
reviewed by Debbie Moon
Molly is the only survivor of a complicated road-tunnel pile-up arranged by a mad driver who deliberately killed her friend. At a group counselling session, she meets Rennie, an excitable young man who claims that what happened wasn't an accident. A madman is roaming America, stalking and killing young women, using his car as a deadly weapon - and he'll be coming back for Molly. Rennie has been chasing the madman since his wife was killed, and now only he and a traffic investigator stand between Molly and the killer...

Yes, here's yet another 'woman in peril' movie, with all the usual kidnappings, chases, madmen who turn out to be good guys, and final showdowns in the desert. Using a car as a murder weapon at least shows a spark of originality, and the idea that the crippled murderer Fargo (where do they get these names?) is a virtual cyborg dependent on his car for survival is actually quite interesting, and could have borne further development.

Jim Caviezel is suitably wild-eyed as Rennie, but Rhona Mitra's Molly is more a plot device than a character, bundled unceremoniously from Rennie to Fargo and back, showing precious little character or will of her own. Frankie Faison is stuck with the thankless role of the stereotypical cop, but does his best. Colm Feore, meanwhile, follows the unwritten rules of playing the bad guy: stay in the shadows until the end, snarl a bit, milk your death scene, and pick up the cheque.

If you like the idea of killers and vigilantes racing around desert highways, and aren't too fussy about characterisation and logic, this might be worth a look. The chases and crashes could have done with a larger budget, but they're not bad - which sums up the movie as a whole: not bad, but could definitely have tried harder.
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