Muscle cars and a minimalist plot steer this thriller to a quick resolution. Even though its characters and setting belong to the present era, the movie has a sci-fi feel to it, partly due to a villain who is half man, half machine, as a result of an accident.
Five years ago, Rennie Cray (Jim Caviezel, who portrays Jesus in The Passion of The Christ) witnessed his wife’s brutal death. While walking across a rural road, she was assaulted by a green 1972 Cadillac El Dorado. Rennie becomes obsessed with tracking and finding the driver, Fargo (Colm Feore). He discovers that the man he seeks has murdered many other people across the country with his El Dorado. Rennie meets Molly (Rhona Mitra), the only person who has survived an attack, and the duo teams up with Police Detective Macklin (Frankie Faison) to confront Fargo. But Fargo wants to finish off Molly, and Rennie fears the worst when they find him on a very familiar road.
Highwaymen exposes the pain and suffering caused by evil and an evil man. It shows people who have been deeply scarred by the sinful choices of another. There is little accountability for the actions of the characters. Highwaymen has nice action sequences, but it has a lot of violence revolving around evil, murderous road rage. Molly willingly takes her shirt off in front of a strange man who is holding her against her will. This graphic movie moves faster than reality.