Freeway is a fascinating, allegorical tale of a woman’s victimization and her strength and power to persevere. It’s a sort of a modern version of Little Red Riding Hood, but it’s also much more, so packed with plot twists and turns that it is almost impossible to summarize, but as completely engrossing and stimulating as it can be. Director Matthew Bright has shaped a film which is on the one hand unrealistic, even absurd at times, full of excess, overstatement, and theatricality, but on the other, very self-conscious and aware of its own devices and ultimately very controlled and effective.
That a film which is sometimes so manipulative can work so well is really a tribute to its creators and also to Reese Witherspoon, who plays Vanessa, a sixteen-year-old child/woman from a dysfunctional family. When she escapes from the social service workers, she decides to hit the road in search of her grandmother’s trailer, but when her stolen car breaks down a few miles up the freeway, she accepts a ride proffered by Bob Wolverton (Kiefer Sutherland), a seemingly respectable psychologist. Unfortunately, a short time later his sympathetic questioning turns prurient and subsequently violent, and Vanessa must defend herself from his attack. Then, when Bob rises, almost literally, from the dead, Vanessa must, incredibly, defend herself against her attacker’s accusations! And there’s much more to come.
While Vanessa’s trials and tribulations are the basis for this moral tale, Freeway is not exactly a straightforward narrative. Rather it’s a stylized fable which will leave few people unaffected; more likely it will greatly provoke you. Freeway is truly a unique and galvanizing experience. –Sundance Film Festival
Matthew Bright (born June 8, 1952) is an American film director, writer and actor.
His first noted credits were as writer and actor in the 1982 film Forbidden Zone, portraying the twins Squeezit and René Henderson.The film includes his two masochistic characters living in a garbage can, spit on, raped and tortured in an alternate dimension’s kingdom and decapitated by Satan (played by Danny Elfman). Bright was credited as Toshiro Boloney.
He grew up with writer/director Richard Elfman and his brother, composer Danny Elfman. —wikipedia
Hubo un chinguero de gente a quien le parecio una mala pelicula debido, seguro, a sus bestiales cantidades de humor negro y mala leche, cosa poco comun en el cine norteamericano. Ver a Reese Witherspoon en un papel totalmente atipico y los sesos de Brooke Shields salpicando completamente una pared, desquitan el precio del boleto.