Keach brings an electricity of charisma to his role in Road Games, a Rear Window-akin tale set in the open roads of the Austrailian outback. Future Psycho 2-helmer Franklin does his best to intensify an overdrawn and overlong script that suffers from pacing and creative problems. One can also admire the Hitchcockian-subtlety to its suspense scenes, but sadly, they are too subtle to create adrenaline and to terrify.
The murder sequence at the start might be called 'Undressed to be killed'. Pay attention to the rest of the film, as it might display the most referential plot ever... A blatant clue can also be: JL Curtis, who you should know who's the daughter of, has 'that' nickname ..that is not really pointing to the fact that she gets taken for car rides. Such a shame the last 3rd of the film is indeed forgettable
Franklin's narrative pulse is stylish, and careful in execution, but If the plot was tighter, without losing its north/credibility -especially around the finale- the film would had been a lot better. Underrated Stacy Keach brings a lot of charisma and bravado to his part.
Pretty ingenious thriller has accurately been described as 'Rear Window' on the highway. Stacey Keach is a lot of fun in the lead - in a story full of genuine suspense, desolate Outback atmosphere, and offbeat humor. An obscure gem that deserves to be better known.