MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +1

Content: -2 1/2

Muscle cars and a minimalist plot steer this thriller to a quick resolution. Even though its characters and setting belong to the present era, the movie has a sci-fi feel to it, partly due to a villain who is half man, half machine, as a result of an accident. Five years ago, Rennie Cray (Jim Caviezel, who portrays Jesus in The Passion of The Christ) witnessed his wifes brutal death. While walking across a rural road, she was assaulted by a green 1972 Cadillac El Dorado. Rennie becomes obsessed with tracking and finding the driver, Fargo (Colm Feore). He discovers that the man he seeks has murdered many other people across the country with his El Dorado. Rennie meets Molly (Rhona Mitra), the only person who has survived an attack, and the duo teams up with Police Detective Macklin (Frankie Faison) to confront Fargo. But Fargo wants to finish off Molly, and Rennie fears the worst when they find him on a very familiar road.

Highwaymen exposes the pain and suffering caused by evil and an evil man. It shows people who have been deeply scarred by the sinful choices of another. The hurt cries for justice against an extremely violent killer and is the basis of this tale of revenge. This movie shows a world where the law often fails and people have to take matters into their own hands. Thats why Rennie doesnt trust police; theyve let him down in the past. Molly wont drive because she doesnt believe its safe. And Macklin kills a defenseless man because he believes the person is too evil for trial. There is little accountability for the actions of the characters. Highwaymen has nice action sequences, but it has a lot of violence revolving around evil, murderous road rage. Molly willingly takes her shirt off in front of a strange man who is holding her against her will. This graphic movie moves faster than reality.

Preview Reviewer: Blaine Butcher
New Line

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Few (4) times mild (hell 1, damn 3)

Obscene Language: Many (12) times moderate (suck 2); strong (f-word 2, s-word 5, other 3)

Profanity: Few (4) times moderate (G 2); strong (GD 2)

Violence: Many times mild (man pushes woman into couch, man struggles with woman); moderate (man hangs on to car door and tries to get woman, man threatens man with gun, man shoots car, man comes after man with a crowbar); strong (man repeatedly runs over women with his car, man tries to run over man with this car, man pinned between two cars, man smashes his car into other vehicles, cars fly through the air with people dying in them, man smashed between two cars, man shoots defenseless man, bloody images of car-crash victims)

Sex: None

Nudity: Few (2) times mild (woman in bra and panties, woman in bra)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Once mild (man sits on a bed with his wife and puts a necklace around her neck, kissing her)

Drugs: Few (2) times mild (man gives himself a shot of medicine, man drugs woman to make her unconscious)

Other: People seen singing in a choir, murderer is severely handicapped and bound to a wheelchair, main character doesnt trust police, woman is too afraid to drive because her parents were killed in a car accident, man senses things with no empirical evidence, man enjoys killing people)

Running Time: 78 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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