Directed by Robert Harmon, starring James Caviezel, Rhona Mitra, Frankie Faison, Gordon Currie and Colm Feore.

Don't go to this movie expecting much and you won't be disappointed. The film is about revenge as Rennie Cray (Caviezel) chases across America in search of James Fargo (Feore) who killed Cray's wife in a hit and run five years ago.

Cray got revenge by crashing into Fargo, leaving the killer's body a wreck. However, after 18 months of recuperation, Fargo rebuilt himself to look not altogether unlike Robocop and began randomly running over women again. Cray then devoted his life to catching the psychopath, becoming a bit of a mental case himself.

The two are finally brought together by a young beauty called Molly (Mitra), who Fargo sees as unfinished business and Cray views as his ticket to finally catching his nemesis.

I really shouldn't have liked this movie but for some strange reason I did. The dialogue is fairly limited and the plot is a little far-fetched but something deep down tells you that in the crazy US of A, this kind of personal duel is not completely implausible. 'Highwaymen' is also slightly reminiscent of the 1971 Stephen Spielberg movie, 'Duel', which involved highway chases and a madman in a truck.

Lovers of American cars should definitely take a look at some stage with Fargo using a '72 Cadillac Eldorado to wage his rampage of death, while Cray cruises after him in a '68 Plymouth Barracuda.

The are a couple of good scenes as it approaches the climax so don't leave early, though that would be difficult given the swiftness of this flick. At only 80 minutes long it doesn't represent sufficient value for money at the cinema, but it wouldn't be the worst rental in the world.

Séamus Leonard