Not every movie needs to be complicated to be good, and Highwaymen is a perfect example, a simple revenge thriller that is enjoyable to watch from beginning to end. Jesus Christ himself - Jim Caviezel, that is - stars as a man who has been hunting down his wife's killer for the last two years.
Specifically, the plot goes as this: there is a psychotic killer traveling the country in his car, and he just loves to kill people with it. The cops don't believe in him, so it is up to one man named Remmie (Caviezel) to stop him. Remmie has been following him for years, ever since his wife was killed by the crazy guy, and has a very good eye for where he may turn up. When a woman named Molly (Rhona Mitra) survives his attack, Remmie believes that the killer will return to finish the job - and that she may be the only means by which he can finally get revenge.
So, literally, Highwaymen is about two men who chase each other in cars (one a Barracuda, the other an Eldorado), but despite that fact, it is a pretty damn entertaining movie. Ranking in at only 80 minutes, it is a fast and furious little thrill ride, with plenty of action, crashes and so forth. The movie hardly stops to take a breath, and it is refreshing to see such a simple plot executed so well. Caviezel and Mitra are good in the lead roles.
The movie does suffer from a few small plot holes, mostly revolving around the police. Obviously, for a film of this nature it is essential for the police to be a bit skeptical, but after Mitra's character is attacked, I don't really understand how no one could believe in the guy. After all, she was an eye witness to the whole event (a massive car crash that kills everyone but her), and the bad guy even left paint and skid marks as evidence. Still, after it's all said and done, the police call it an accident and no one knows the color of the car. Of course, the film does sway away from reality a bit at times, especially near the end as Caviezel's car is all but obliterated, yet it still has enough juice in it to finish off the bad guy. These are minor flaws that can be easily overlooked, however.
Highwaymen is not for everyone - those looking for a deep movie should look elsewhere. Nevertheless, the movie is surprisingly well done and consistently entertaining - it definitely isn't the terrible movie I was expecting.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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