Freeway

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Released 1996

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Director:
Matthew Bright
Released:
1996
Rating:
R

Freeway is a bleak 1996 drama based on the classic children's story "Little Red Riding Hood." After her mother is arrested, Vanessa Lutz (Reese Witherspoon) decides to leave Los Angeles to live with her grandmother. On the way there, her car breaks down, and she accepts a ride from Bob Wolverton (Kiefer Sutherland). Despite his outwardly normal appearance, Bob is actually a serial killer. He coaxes Vanessa into telling him the lurid details of her life and eventually tries to kill her. In the struggle, however, she manages to shoot and badly wound him. Because the police are not aware of Bob's crimes, she is put on trial and convicted for attempted murder. In jail, Vanessa plots to get out so that she can finish the journey to her grandmother's house. With help from friends in the prison, she succeeds in escaping. At the same time, two suspicious detectives learn that Bob is, in fact, a serial killer, but he flees before they can capture him, heading to Vanessa's grandmother's house to finish the job.

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  • 50

    The New York Times Lawrence Van Gelder

    Rather than seeming classic, Freeway appears to be another film maker showcase, a derivative apprentice work.

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    Danny Elfman's intense score contributes crucial energy, John Thomas' camera work is first-rate, but the ambitious Freeway ends up merely trashy.

  • 30

    Variety Joe Leydon

    Freeway is roadkill. The directorial debut of screenwriter Matthew Bright ("Gun Crazy") is a sophomoric and morally repellent mix of fractured fairy tale, juvenile social satire, b...

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