Highwaymen is a thriller that uses a very strange premise of a serial hit-and-run killer. The acting is decent, although I did not quite get why James Caviezel must be so serious and weird. I think that this is their version of noir vibe. As his girl, Rhona Mitra is more than convincing, and beautiful I might add. So James’s wife dies at car of a killer, and he gets obsessed with killing the demented driver who killed his wife. And Rhona suffered almost the same fate, so now they join forces to get the killer and in that pursuit, an almost funny cop will join them.
There are some really brutal car crashes, and I like that there are no fancy effects or CGI, just plain old crashes. The killer is actually handicapped, and he is wrapped in metal and braces, so he kind of looks even more disturbing and strange. Although the script is a bit cheesy, Highwaymen can keep your attention with lively pacing and beautiful cinematography. Especially if you’re a sucker for those wide shots, mmmmmm. Using the elements from Mad Max and The Hitcher it creates a certain atmosphere that makes it very watchable. This is another movie about driving, so all you car enthusiasts out there can enjoy in that open road vibe. Not to mention the fact that the killer is driving 1972 Cadillac Eldorado as his weapon of choice. This immediately reminded me of two movies, the first one is Cronenberg’s The Crash and the other one is part of a Grindhouse package, Death Proof directed by Quentin Tarantino.
Director: Robert Harmon
Cast: James Caviezel, Rhona Mitra, Frankie Faison, Colm Feore, Gordon Currie, Andrea Roth
Fun Facts: Footage from this movie was used in Feast (2005)