Based on a real "incident" that happened to director John Murlowski, "Black Cadillac" plays out as it's box promises- an average direct-to-vido thriller. Not to say that the movie is without thrills, it's just that when the chase is off the so is the movie. Yale Quarterback [i](Ha!)[/i] Scott (Shane Johnson), his scarred best friend C.J. (Josh Hammond), and his little brother Ronnie (Jason Dohring) have made a special trip from Minnesota to a small cowboy bar in Wisconsin that doesn't check I.D.s. All "Porky's" hell breaks loose when C.J. upsets a local woman and Ronnie gets lucky with a barfly. Scott, meanwhile, is in the backseat of his car with someone else's girlfriend (Kiersten Warren)- who proclaims upon seeing his Yale jacket "My boyfriend goes to Yale. That is too cool!". He notices the ensuing baroom brawl inside and goes in to save C.J.'s ass in an inspired Arnold Schwarzenegger type way.
Not too soon after they drive away does a mysterious black cadillac start following them. After they pick up a stranded cop (Randy Quaid) things start to get dangerous as the cadillac starts to make it's intentions clear. It's hard not to compare the film to Steven Spielberg's classic "Duel", which carried a similiar, if not more menacing, plot. The movie works best when the car is at match with the cadillac- making for someone genuine intense action sequences. Everything comes to a halt when the mood attempts to change to "buddy drama" and the fellas start airing out their feelings for each other and so forth. Sadly, the movie is a 50/50 balance with only Quaid providing any charisma on screen. Still as far as direct-to-video thrillers go you could do much worse.