Director : Matthew Bright
With : Kiefer Sutherland, Reese Witherspoon, Amanda Plummer
‘Freeway’ is the kind of film that helps prove to the world what a wonderful influence Sundance has had on the future of American independent film. An ultra-ballsy film with a stellar cast of familar faces, ‘Freeway’ is most like ‘Natural Born Killers’ but without the superflous glitz and prentious Oliver Stonisms that plagued the latter film. Featuring an odd assortment of great performances ‘Freeway’ is the story of an young trampy illterate (Witherspoon) who flees from her prohbation officer after her drugged out prostitute of a mother (Amanda Plummer) and crack addict step father (Michael T. Weiss) get carted off to jail. After stealing a car and heading up to Stockton, California to stay with her grandmother she meets up with the rapist-at-large (Keifer Sutherland). At this point the movie picks up some major speed including some comically gratuitous violence and an unending series of unpredictable surprises. Ultimately ‘Freeway’ is wonderful piece of California road movie pulp, bolder and much less inhibited than anything self-conscious than anything Hollywood is capable of producing.