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the second serial-killer thriller of the month is just awful .
oh , it starts deceptively okay , with a handful of intriguing characters and some solid location work .
after a baby-sitter gets gutted in the suit- ably spooky someone's-in-the-house prologue , parallel stories unfold , the first involving a texas sheriff ( r . lee emery ) , a gruesome double murder , and the arrival of a morose fbi agent ( dennis quaid ) on the eve of voting for the local lawman's reelection .
the second pairs a hitch- hiker ( jared leto ) with a friendly former railroad worker ( danny glover ) .
they're headed west , toward the rockies and away from the murder scene .
which one is the killer ?
well , it doesn't really matter , 'cause when writer/first-time director jeb stuart ( die hard ) finally spills the beans , you won't take his choice seriously anyway .
the whole thing goes south about an hour in , with the tale taking hairpin turns that i certainly couldn't follow .
and through the whole thing there's quaid , playing with the most intense monotony this side of steven sea- gal .
i guess i'm glad that i didn't walk out-- there's some nice train stuff at the end and a fun nod to dr .
strangelove .
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