Hit And Run DVD review

Holger flags missed opportunities in a film that fails to run with its few good set-ups...

Hit And Run

Under the influence of a few drinks too many, a young girl (Laura Breckenridge) accidentally drives over a lone pedestrian and only discovers this when she arrives at home. In a mix of revulsion over the gruesome appearance of her maimed victim and fright when he reaches out to hold her, she makes matters worse and apparently kills him with a golf club. After hiding the body in a shallow grave she thinks she may be rid of the evidence for good when all of a sudden the tables are starting to turn on her.

Hit And Run has the potential to be at least three good movies, but ends up just being a confused mess.

Initially, we get the impression that this will be about the choices one can make when accidentally killing a pedestrian. How would we react in that situation? Should we report it and admit our fault or should we try and get away with it? What are the consequences and what if our best laid plans all go pear shaped?

There is great promise in that kind of angle. However, half way through the production, the focus turns to a revenge plot by the injured driver. And again, it is possible to imagine a great film to be made out of the story of an ordinary Joe who loses it when being run over by a driver under the influence.

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Trouble is that this is no ordinary Joe anymore: not only does the victim of the accident appear to have suddenly become super-humanly strong we also soon discover that he is one of those super charged manic serial killer types who resuscitates time and again and appears everywhere without a warning.

Again, having a serial killer on the loose after a hit and run could be yet another potentially good angle, but this production never properly started building up to this twist. As a result all of these diverse threads and plot devices just appear forced and seriously unrealistic. Rather than focus on one possible way of developing the plot properly, the filmmakers lost it by trying too many things all at once. It all smacks of an over ambitious debut movie where the director is trying too hard to impress and, needless to say, this was indeed Enda McCallion’s first feature film production.

The film is also troubled with that most clichéd of modern horror movie annoyances: people just never do the most sensible thing and frustratingly manoeuvre themselves into situations that are just plain brain-dead. Surely a simple call to the authorities can’t have been such a bad idea? And are there really randy boyfriends who wanna try it on just minutes after being told that their girlfriend’s just killed a man?

Even the one moment of genuine genius – where we see our heroine being driven around a racing truck tied to the bumper – is spoilt by rapid fire cuts and blurry scenery. If done well, this could have been a sequence on a level with some of the sheer fright moments of the original Hitcher. But alas….

Hit And Run is a sadly wasted opportunity, a film that could have been great, but loses it all by not knowing where it really wants to go and trying too many things at once rather than just executing one solid good premise.

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2 stars

Hit And Run is available now.

Rating:

2 out of 5