Since the hit-and-run murder of his wife five years ago, Rennie Cray has crisscrossed America in his souped-up, stripped-down '68 Plymouth Barracuda, pursuing her killer. The man he seeks in a high-speed, high-stakes game of cat-and-mouse is James Fargo, a merciless, wheelchair-bound pyschopath. Through a series of mechanical innovations, Fargo has turned his rampaging '72 Cadillac Eldorado into a monstrous extension of his own twisted body and mind. Now, their deadly battle of wits and wills is about to move into overdrive. And caught in their headlights is a tormented beauty who unwittingly holds the key to their ultimate showdown. Written by
Sujit R. Varma
Rennie Cray (Jim Caviezel) drives a 1968 Plymouth Barracuda with the 426 Hemi Package. This extremely rare "race prepped" car uses a 426 cubic inch Hemi V8, paired with lightweight front bumpers and fenders. The car also omitted things such as sound deadening and rear seats to keep the weight down. A sticker reading "Accelerated Time Trials Only" was placed on the car. A mere 50 were made in 1968. See more »
Flipped shot: Right before you see that the El Dorado has been chained up to drag Boone's car down the road, we get a quick glimpse of the front of the Cadillac. The right headlight is supposed to be burned our (or broken) but it is working again and the license plat is reversed. See more »
Granted, this movie seemed as if it went from theater to DVD in less than a blink of an eye, but don't let that dissuade you from ordering a copy from Amazon. Hmmm did it make to theaters? I remember seeing the trailer in theaters In all honesty, the film has a simple quality, and the acting is almost B-Movie noir, but it was fun nonetheless. It is a simple hero versus bad guy story that severely needs a re-release, special edition DVD on the ten year mark! Believe it or not, the movie is well freaking done (minus a few visually missed queues and a question about the hero and his source of income might come into play ) For some reason, (and I say this because of the close up shots of the actors during the driving scenes) certain camera angles appeared like old movie making scenes, where outside the car, the images looked projected. Outside of that, the movie formula comes to life when you finally have a moment to see Colm Feore, Mister Antagonist himself. He looks like what Darth Vader would have been if the technology was just slightly under budget.
If you're a story writer (shorts, screenplays, novellas, etc.) who needs a push, or a spark, then rent or buy this DVD. You will spend time thinking of what you could do to make it better but in all you will appreciate the movie for its worth and merit. The story is David versus Goliath, and the only advantage our hero has is his revenge for his wife's death, and the bad guy well he's just plain nuts. This review may seem a little mixed but I based it on the way I approached the film. I wanted to see a simple, low budget action flick that could hold my interest and this one did that. Mind you, there are some slight plots issues and some character development needs, but then if I had the amount of money that was budgeted for this film, then I probably would make it the same way. Check it out for yourself you'll have fun but then you'll pick through the parts that seemed a bit trite just as you would pick through your teeth after a good meal.
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