DIRECTOR: JONATHAN MOSTOW
CAST: KURT RUSSELL, KATHLEEN QUINLAN, J.T. WALSH
A terrific, tight, and blindsidingly nasty thriller courtesy of genre specialist Mostow, and a showcase for Russell at his most vulnerable and wrathful. On their way to beginning a new life on the west coast, married Boston couple Jeff (Russell) and Amy (Kathleen Quinlan) are stalled by car trouble in the middle of inhospitable desert territory—and things only get more inhospitable when Amy hitches a ride from a “Good Samaritan” trucker who turns out to be the kingpin of a kidnapping-and-killing ring (character actor J.T. Walsh, in his final role, practically oozing sleaze from the screen). An expertly calibrated thrill ride, but Russell, in a performance that ranges from impotent, flailing desperation to tactical brutality, gives it a beating heart.