People,you can make up your own mind on the notion of remaking films,i for one have mixed feelings on the concept,some improve on the original,and some are a disgrace to the original,this my friends is a remake with teeth and what a show it is.
The films plot is plausible because the act of nuclear testing in the 1940s is fact,and people did mutate in the fallout of it all,although to say that they all became savages is slightly suspect.The film leans on alot of the scare tactics that we all know and love and of course we have a family with various generations included,driving their way through america,or at least thats what they had planned to do,for upon disturbing a gas attendant who works for the radiation affected mutants,they are then advised to take a shortcut through a desert where hell awaits to put it plainly.
I dont wish to break each and every aspect of the film down for you as that will take away from the what happens next aspect,but lets say murder,rape,baby kidnapping,heroic dogs and cannibalism follow and you cant help but be captivated by it all,it isnt a film that your granny would like,but hey who wants to watch a film that their gran would like anyway.
The film is better than your standard gorefest for one simple reason,you actually like the good guys in it,let me explain!how often do you see the supposed good guy family with their obnoxious children and stereotyped parents and pray that they all get wiped out in a pool of pain,well in the hills have eyes the characters are likeable and you hope the mutants get ripped to pieces,added to that there is a dog that you hope makes it and the baby has its moment as well when you are hoping she can make it as well.
The films plot is similar to last house on the left,and i believe that the original was in fact a sequel of sorts to wes cravens classic,you hurt us,now we hurt you genre,so all in all this is a rewarding film,and as the tagline says 'the lucky ones died first'.