by Ginger Coyote


Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Keifer Sutherland, Brooke Shields, Amanda Plummer, Michael T. Weiss, Brittany Murphy

 This is an interesting little tale of a 15 year old girl whose mom and stepfather were just arrested. Deciding that she wants to search and be with the grandmother she's never met... like a fairytale, although grandma lives in a trailer instead of a house. When she's on the freeway and her car breaks down... she's picked up by the man who first gains her trust, soon after ready to kill and torture her.
Reese Witherspoon is sensational in her breakthrough performance as the bad girl with her southern accent. Going on to becoming a star in movies such as Fear(Mark Wahlberg), Cruel Intentions(Ryan Phillippe), and Election(Matthew Broderick). Kiefer Sutherland as the demented man picking up Witherspoon along the freeway... did have a great maniacal character. One of his last greater films over his long career of acting, now recently seen on the TV show 24. Dan Hedaya  (Cheers) does play a great humorous detective in Freeway. You do have an amazing supporting cast with actors like the wonderful Amanda Plummer(Pulp Fiction) as Witherspoons mother Ramona Lutz. Brooke Shields(Suddenly Susan) as Sutherland's protective wife. Bokeem Woodbine(Dead Presidents) in his short sad role as Witherspoon's boyfriend. Finally Brittany Murphy(Don't Say A Word) playing a cell mate to Witherspoon in prison.
Matthew Bright for a director is very unknown, only directing four films, Freeway being his first. Going on to do the flop sequel Freeway 2... then going on to do the serial killer movie Ted Bundy(Michael Reilly Burke). Doing his last movie Tiptoes(Matthew McConaughey, Kate Beckinsale). So if you want to see this directors other work, here it is.
The action in this movie is somewhat at a low. Although you do get to see Witherspoon be one of the baddest white girls you'll ever see, verbally and physically... beating Sutherland to a bloody pulp. The comedy in this movie is completely built around Reese Witherspoon's character... so if you like her, you'll love this movie. The blood and gore could've been better, but it's all noticeable
When I first saw Freeway, I was shocked of how different it was... and how unique it was shown in every sequence. Seeing this 15 year old girl go through so much... keeping you highly entertained the entire time. This movie is not boring, it doesn't slow down, it doesn't get confusing... Freeway is the opposite, it's the best. Something you have to check out.



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