Somehow, despite not being a fan of his, Caveizel keeps making films I end up enjoying. This is certainly one of them, starting with an armoured car robbery, and then changing to show us Caveizel's white collar ex-con trying to patch up the cracks in his family by taking them on a camping trip.
En-route, the robbers decide to stash their loot on his vehicle to avoid being caught with it at a roadblock, and the film suddenly accelerates into a tense chase movie, with hunter and prey losing each other several times.
The victory is in the casting. Caveizel's family are excellently played for innocence and sympathy, and Caveizel himself has rarely seemed more wounded, desperate or eager to make amends in a role as a man who just can't catch a break, even when he hasn't done anything wrong.
A chase movie's tension lives and dies on the quality of its villains, and here we get a great team.
Led by James Frain in hard-staring menacing form, all of the 4 bad folk are excellent, but Harold Perrineau adds extra threat with his hyper-edgy, untrusting and confrontational turn. You're never in any doubt that good luck and determination are the only things separating clan Caveizel from a nasty ending.
With twists of fate, brushes with the law, several tense chases and a nailbiting finale, it's a considerable notch above the usual 'family on the run from nutters' movie and well worth your time. It also features some excellent direction with inventive angles, and some acclaim-worthy stunt driving, with the bad guys' car being driven with the slick, dangerous skill of an angry panther waiting to pounce in several scenes.