In an recent article on Kiefer Sutherland, he was referred to as a character
actor. I've never thought of him in those terms but in his attempt to reinvent
his career, he obviously has. In the big studio "Eye for an Eye"
and now in the independent "Freeway", he has chosen the role of
villain and it hasn't always been his best choice.
Reese Witherspoon is the hapless Vanessa who is caught in both a dysfunctional
family and society. Is foster care really better than her hooker mother
and sexually abusive step-father? Who will believe her claims that a respected
psychologist is really the I-5 serial killer? Interesting questions, but
not well done. From the animated little red riding hood opening credits
to the wolf hiding in grandma's cap and gown, we are clobbered with excess
as if we wouldn't understand a subtle fable. But then Oliver Stone is the
executive producer, so, well, enough said.
Reese Witherspoon will probably be the next Alicia Silverstone. "Freeway
probably won't hurt Dan Hedaya's truly character actor career, but I don't
think it is going to help Kiefer at all.