The opening ten minutes of this movie is fantastic. There is so much tension built up in the opening, as Rutger Hauer basically threatens C. Thomas Howell the entire time, talking about cutting off people's limbs and cutting out their eyes. It's actually the highlight of the movie. After Rutger Hauer is thrown out of the car though, things start to go downhill. You still hold out hope that this is going to be a tense, suspense thriller, but it really turns into 80s action schlock. The plot is basically everywhere our main character goes, the hitcher is there and framing him for murders. So our hero has to evade capture from the police and the hitcher. It's so absurd how the hitcher somehow manages to one up so many cops. He kills an entire station full of cops somehow (off camera), he escapes a prison bus while being chained down and guarded by shotgun toting officers, and he manages to shoot down a helicopter with a freaking revolver while driving nearly 100 miles an hour on a dirt road. He barely qualifies as a serial killer and jumps fully into the realm of super villain. It's ridiculous, eye-rolling stuff. The scenes of dialogue between Hauer and Howell are the highlight of the film, but I never got a grasp of what the hitcher actually wanted. And the end when Howell says "It's something he has to do" when referring to finding and killer Hauer, it comes off as confusing. Why does he have to do this? Watching The Hitcher was kind of like watching North by Northwest... if Alfred Hitchcock directed horrible 80s schlock. I can't give it too much hate, as it has some good moments (the truck scene), but it's just such a dumb movie. I never understood the high praise the movie got, as it's basically a few good moments strung together by dumb moments.