Route 666 (2001) Movie Review

Route 666 (2001)

2001 | R | Horror, Thriller, Action
86 minutes /

User Score: 44/100

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Route 666 Review


A federal witness runs away and a team of government agents track him down, but when they take a shortcut on the return trip, they're attacked by zombies.

Route 666 (2001) is an American action thriller movie that was filmed in Joshua Tree, California, USA and failed miserably. Director William Wesley (Scarecrows (1988), Green Plaid Shirt (1996), Rhythm Nation 1814 (1990)) did not have much experience as this was his third movie to direct and it shows drastically. The movie is about government agents that are driving on a desert highway and becomes besieged by the ghosts of a massacred chain gang.

Fred "Rabbit" Smith (Steven Williams - 21 Jump Street (1987), L.A. Heat (1996), The Blues Brothers (1980), Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993)) is alone at a bar on the roadside of Arizona and you can see he nervously drinking. Federal Marshals Jack La Roca (Lou Diamond Phillips - La Bamba (1987), Courage Under Fire (1996), Young Guns (1988), The Big Hit (1998)) and Stephanie (Lori Petty - A League of Their Own (1992), Free Willy (1993), Point Break (1991), Tank Girl (1995)) enters the bar and handcuffs Rabbit in the bathroom. Jack and Stephanie were ambushed by mobs as they were about to escort Rabbit to the van with four other marshals waiting in the van. Rabbit finds himself trying to help Jack with the navigation of the road and tells Jack of the tragedy that happened on Route 666 which involves a prison road crew accident.

Sheriff’s Deputy Gill (Adam Vernier - Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001), G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013), Sydney White (2007), Bring It On: In It to Win It (2007)) has been following them and they do not know. Gille requests for backup when he saw Jack and his crew taking Route 666 but was denied. Gill decides to pull over the vehicles and told them that the road is restricted, but Jack shows him his badge which angers Gill. After a few more scenes, Benny appears and kills two of them with a silenced gun. Joe stabbed Benny as Benny was about to attack Rabbit. The blood from Benny invites a few decomposed walking corpses in the desert and they killed Joe by pounding his back with a jackhammer. Rabbit tries to save everyone by taking off the silencer off the gun and firing at the walking corpse so that everyone can hear the shots. The movie goes on to shoe Jack waking up in a cave. Watch the movie if you dare to see this boring tale of how everyone tries to save their lives from dead corpses.

The movie was an utter waste of my time because I did not find it entertaining at all. I had great expectations of this movie because I thought it would be intelligent non-stop action and a screenplay not filled with plot holes. I would like to see a remake of this movie by an experienced director. The sets were nice and actors were average. The music was okay, and the storyline was as I said before, boring.

About Route 666 (2001)

Title: Route 666
Year: 2001
Runtime: 86 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Action
Score: 2 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.2/5 stars from 9 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 9
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Dick Miller, Sven-Ole Thorsen, Steven Williams, Chuck Hicks, Stephen R. Hudis, Rhino Michaels, L.Q. Jones, Anne Lockhart, Michael Chance, Gary Farmer, Lou Diamond Phillips, Peewee Piemonte, Dale Midkiff, Mercedes Colon, Rob Roy Fitzgerald, Adam Vernier, Chester E. Tripp III, Gary Roberts, Alex McArthur, Michael R. Long, John Cade, Nick Plantico, Lori Petty
Writers: Scott Fivelson, Thomas Weber, William Wesley
Director: William Wesley

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