Reviewed byPatron-89Vote: 9/10/10
When I first saw "The Hitcher 2: I've been Waiting" on SciFi I found itto be extremely underrated. I thought it was pretty entertaining and Ienjoyed very much.. It was thrilling, action packed, & dramatic allmixed together. The elements in it were extremely good to say theleast. Although the story was relatively the same as the first one, yetit makes up for that with a few shocking moments which conclude with abig showdown at the end.
Now to all who may be wondering if you should check it out well don'tlisten to all the negativity. I recommend you all give it a try andmake your on decision. Either way I give The Hitcher 2: I've beenWaiting ***1/2 stars out of five.
Reviewed byBoba_Fett1138Vote: 6/10/10
Like most others who have seen this movie, I also grew up with watchingthe first "The Hitcher" movie. Even though it was far from amasterpiece, it has still grown a bit into a classic over the years,mainly due to Rutger Hauer's impressive and scary performance. Thismovie doesn't have Rutger Hauer in it, so I wasn't expecting a bettermovie and expected the worst. But why compare this movie to theoriginal in the first place? You should take the movie just for what itis, a straight-to-video thriller. And for what it is, astraight-to-video thriller, it's a pretty good movie. It'sprofessionally made, with good camera-work and editing and some fairlygood performances by the cast.
The movie might not be that scary but it does have a few surprises init. It does have some returning element from "The Hitcher" in thismovie but it does it in an original way. Fans of the first movie shouldbe pleased by some of the subtle and not so subtle homage to the firstmovie and not be offended or angry about it. It also does have morethan enough original moments in it and the movie is mostlyunpredictable, in terms of who dies and who will survive in the end.
Even though the budget of the movie was probably low, it doesn't reallyshow on screen. There are some spectacular moments, with gunfire andexplosions and also the visual look of the movie is good. Thecinematography is nice and the movie is told with a pleasantly fastpace and with some nimble editing.
The performance are fairly good. It's sort of fun to see C. ThomasHowell reprising his role but was it really necessary? Real main partof the movie is being played by Kari Wuhrer, who has appeared in quitea few B-movies over the years. She is good enough as the new maincharacter of the movie. This time the hitcher is being played by JakeBusey. Leave it up to the Busey's to play a convincing and scarylooking psychopathic villain. Of course he is no Hauer but he pulls itof pretty well and is more than good enough in his role.
Of course the story does have its flaws and improbabilities but whenyou watch a movie like this, you know you shouldn't expect to much fromits story.
Especially when you've seen more straight-to-video and TV thrillers,you have to admit that this movie is a good one or at least an aboveaverage one, that has a professional look.
Reviewed bystormrustonVote: 5/10/10
Jake Busey is pretty OK in this,verging on worthwhile for thegenre.
Starts out with a stalled plane on the highway...and the guy needs alittlehelp to get it going...yep that happens all the time.
The story is one of revenge but never fully explained.The situations arepretty far fetched and the gore and violence reasonable realistic(specialeffects).
I never really felt for any of the characters nor got involved in themovie,still the production values are good,and the editing fine,it just isnot a very good movie.
After being discharged from the local police force, Jim Halsey (C. Thomas Howell) travels to Texas with his girlfriend Maggie (Kari Wuhrer) to face down his demons and visit an old friend. Along the way, however, Jim & Maggie picks up a demented hitchhiker who has diabolical plans for the duo.