Freeway (1996) - Comedy, Crime, Drama

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A twisted take on "Little Red Riding Hood", with a teenage juvenile delinquent on the run from a social worker travelling to her grandmother's house and being hounded by a charming, but sadistic, serial killer and pedophile.

IMDB: 6.8
Director: Matthew Bright
Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Kiefer Sutherland
Length: 102 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 12 out of 200 found boring (6%)

One-line Reviews (93)

Though its not his greatest role, its definitely worth the watch.

After the slow opening ends the film gradually becomes funnier and funnier right up to the last scene which features a man trapped in the boot of a car, a pensioner being shot in the chest, a naked dead granny, and Keifer Sutherland in a dress.

Most of us thought that it was one of those "experimental" films that was made especially for places like Indonesia and never placed directly in the actors' credits, and which wasn't released elsewhere, but seeing the information on IMDb is quite stunning in its implications about the general populace...

This movie will keep you on the edge of your seat as Reese is in the back of your mind :)

It's one of those movies which some people will love and others will hate, but I personally really enjoyed it.

One of the worst movies I have ever seen .

Brittany Murphy has a really weird but fascinating character I really liked her.

Very entertaining riff on Little Red Riding Hood.

(The sequel tried to offend, went too far, made it seem like they were trying to offend, and just bored).

This movie was at times scary, at times suspenseful and, most often, darkly funny.

Trash-loving director Mathew Bright, who also helmed the gloriously exploitive BUNDY, blends elements from slasher movies, courtroom dramas, women-in-prison (WIP) epics, horror flicks and soft core porn flicks into this fascinating celluloid stew.

I think that it was a pointless movie that tried to hand out a good lesson, "That you should work hard to achieve your goals.

I've yet to see Tiptoes, the film from which director Matthew Bright was fired (and, sadly, his last movie to date), but I've found everything else by the film-maker to be hugely entertaining thanks to a unique off-kilter style that appeals to my sense of the bizarre.

This was a very exciting movie with many twists and turns.

The movie starts slow then all of a sudden blasts off into a fast-paced, nonsensical orgy of destruction.

One of the worst movies of modern times.

Intelligent despite it's juvenile subject matter, with interesting characters and perfect disposal of the uninteresting ones.

Thoroughly enjoyable - for a dark comedy .

It is gripping, fascinating, and downright beautiful.

Fascinating celluloid stew of sleaze .

It does however also have some very enjoyable details which make it eligible for re-watching.

It really is often bizarre at times, but in a very good way, and it's really unpredictable throughout, plus the finale is especially great!.

It is simply riveting and very satisfying in terms of plot, action and character.

Definitely unpredictable, this dark comedy is a rare lost gem I was glad to find again.

Reese Witherspoon saves this film and is about the only entertaining thing to come out of it.

The plot doesn't exactly adhere to the story of Little Red Riding Hood, and after the basics have been laid down, it's basically anyone's game right down to the gripping and hilarious climax.

Reese Witherspoon made this riveting thriller before she became everybody's favorite sweetheart.

The violent prison interlude is probably the best part of the film, but instead of making something suitably dramatic or exciting, Matthew Bright's script is simply full of endless profanity and extreme violence designed to shock and offend the audience.

Well made, lots of unexpected twists and even Brooke Shields managed to look less than wooden.

The conversation with Bob (Kiefer Sutherland) and Vanessa (Reese) in the van is really disturbing and a bit uncomfortable, but very engaging, and the score while weird is very good, plus I feel this movie is way way too underrated!.

This movie starts slow, so you might be tempted to shut it off in the first 10 minutes if you lack the virtue of patience.

Even when director Bright just lets the camera rest on the actors it's compelling; Kiefer Sutherland's initial conversation with Witherspoon is intense as hell because of the set up, because we know some things and so we read a lot into any little thing, not really because what's going on in the scene itself (wow, he touched her shoulder)...

But after watching, I really enjoyed it.

This movie sort of rides the Pulp Fiction wave, but the white-trash fairy tale story and all the cool cameos really keep it entertaining.

I'm not sure the origins of this motion picture, but what it turned out to be was a starring vehicle for the young Reese Witherspoon that went nowhere.

Based on the classic Grimm Brothers tale, Little Red Riding Hood; Freeway is the disjointed and frankly weird odyssey following a young girl on the way to her grandmother's home.

Indeed a twisted twist on the story of LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD, complete with a "big, bad wolf", FREEWAY is filled with wonderful actors, unforgettable characters, disturbing images, foul language, and a very unexpected, unlikely heroine in Vanessa.

While it is nowhere near as bad as the sequel, the film does just seem to be more focused on having shocking violence, language and sexuality rather than having an engaging plot, characters or any sense of value other than the appeal of being `different' - and that's why I think people seem to like it.

I know everyone loves Reese Witherspoon but she is by far the most interesting thing about this film, which is dull, violent and uninventive, and even her one trick pony gets old after a while.

Entertaining .

plus it's often very suspenseful and funny at times as well.

the story is entertaining from beginning to end and has a good arc.

Extreme but fascinating .

Unpredictable, live-wire black comedy .

So far the story is suspenseful and still promising.

There are a dozen entertaining supporting roles.

Freeway is one of those movies that's just not found at the top of anybody's favorites list, a movie that's so inextricably what it is that it just could not be improved to a point near perfection, but it's entertaining and it takes you for a ride.

The filmmakers have taken every minuscule plot point from Riding Hood and deliberately thought up the most disgusting and deplorable ways to drag them through the mud, churning forth a film that is so sickeningly perverted that you can't take your eyes or ears off it once, kind of like a fresh, glistening pile of roadkill on the interstate that induces retching, yet is compelling in a sense, even attractive in its ability to morbidly hold your attention by being something that's outside the norm.

It's a very weird but comical film that fails at times but does a pretty good job of entertaining at others.

Deeply entrenched in the subversive world of cult films, "Freeway" could be one of the most engrossing movies I've ever seen.

'Freeway' is basically a slow moving picture in which the cast saves it from going straight down the toilet.

fascinating drama, fascinating performance .

The saga of Freeway is as combative and unpredictable as the tabloid coverage of a true-crime cat-and-mouse game, its participants so grandiosely sinful in their shabby hysteria that, by the end, when Vanessa is completely exhausted, mascara streaming down her face like a jilted prom queen, her asking for a cigarette is as riotous as Lucy and Ethel trying as hard as they can to get the chocolates from overloading on the conveyor belt.

Very entertaining with a wicked, lovable Reece Witherspoon .

This film is a complete cliché, and I've seen Kiefer Sutherland play a crazed rapist one too many times now.

Freeway is enjoyable enough as a quirky dark comedy and has developed a minor cult following, though I can't honestly say I really loved it.

Don't blame me, it's the director with such uninspiring creativity), ...

"Freeway", the 1996 thriller starring Kiefer Sutherland and Reese Witherspoon is a very provocative and intense film.

However, you won't be able to predict where it's going to go from there, as Freeway continually puts its characters in absurd situations and delivers the unexpected.

It really is just a waste of time to describe the plot, as it is just horse manure from the beginning.

An early sign that Reese Witherspoon had a career worth watching.

Very predictable, with no plot or storyline that you're average movie buff couldn't come up with.

Overall I'd have to say this movie was entertaining although discusting.

As the film progresses, Witherspoon's character, Vanessa, becomes ever more violent and unpredictable, while Sutherland's character, Bob the killer, becomes comically pitiful, and almost even sympathetic.

Each of the examples cited is a waste of time as it relies solely on that one hook to charm dollars and attention from us.

On the whole though I enjoyed watching it and found it rather entertaining.

This is really a fascinating critical comedy about 90's little red riding hood who used herself might to kill the wolf.

Unfortunately the makers of this film decide to go for a scuzzy, predictable vibe that's heavily indebted to NATURAL BORN KILLERS, which it copies the look and feel of somewhat extensively.

This movie is worth watching if you like the weird ones.

But unlike anything Waters' has done, "Freeway" takes it easy on the shock value and comes off more as a dark, fascinating satire of the urban human condition.

Case in point: when her step-father (fresh off a hit from the crack-pipe) tries to fondle her, Vanessa snaps at him without hesitation, and then calmly resumes watching television as if nothing happened.

This is worth watching more than once.

Don't waste your time, or spoil your thoughts that Reese W.

The part that made this film entertaining is watching the life of a "BAD GIRL" type played by Witherspoon.


Amazingly Enjoyable.

Though at first her countenace really made me feeling a little weird, but after that, I had found I was naturally captived more and more deeply by the role's fascinating personality and Witherspoon's wonderful performance.

She's one of those petty, boring sociopaths who turn up in police stations every day.

I love cult movies but this is the lamest and most contrived excuse for a cult film I have seen in a while.

Great script, but Witherspoon's brilliant and riveting performance is what powers it.

I hope those of you that enjoyed it got your money's worth from ogling 15 year old Reese Witherspoon, because that's the only logical explanation I can come up with for why this thing is so well liked; convicted child "endangerers" must love the darn thing.

Why did I waste MY time.

This movie is wild and intense, and it's a ride you'll never forget.

Although this movie doesn't bore, keeps entertaining and moves on quickly, I can't say I really enjoyed it.

Worth watching because of Reese...

I would suggeset this movie to folks who are into strange entertaining movies.

this movie was hard to watch at times, but it was riveting, forceful, and brilliant.

However, if you get beyond that, "Freeway" is perhaps the most entertaining "black comedy" that has come out in recent memory.

Very fast paced non-stop action thriller .

When it finally arrives, writer/director Matthew Bright throws a great left turn into the plot and sets up a potentially fascinating second half of the movie.

And Brooke Shields as his grieving, empty-headed wife was a scream.

The ride to grandma's gets more intense, and when the nightmare's over she told the detectives she needed a cigarette.

COMPLETELY entertaining.