Let me make an analogy, paint a picture with words, if you will.
Bohemian Rhapsody is a classic song. The lyrics, the tune, the changes, the sheer awesomeness. Now think of a karaoke version.
Are you there?
Well, The Hitcher is a karaoke movie, it's just that, instead of a drunk businessman warbling "Beelzebub has a devil for a sideboard," we get Sean Bean trying to meander his way through a a terrifically bad attempt at a scary movie.
Rutger Hauer. Rutger Hauer scared the shit out of me when I first saw the original.
Sean Bean? Not so much.
2007's Hitcher is a bad attempt at aping a great movie.
The girl is hot. Sophia Bush. The movie does have that going for it. But even she can't save this.
The best bit about this movie were the previews. The makers of the incredibleness that is Shaun Of The Dead have a new movie coming out called Hot Fuzz. Simon Pegg (he of Spaced and Shaun Of The Dead fame) stars as a British bobby who is so good at everything that his boss transfers him to stop him showing up the rest of his constabulary. Sent to the quietest village in England, he uncovers, in a very comedic way, a massive murder conspiracy. Must see.
Doombreed rating: * *