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Joy Ride (2001)

R  |   |  Mystery, Thriller  |  5 October 2001 (USA)
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Three young people on a road trip from Colorado to New Jersey talk to a trucker on their CB radio, then must escape when he turns out to be a psychotic killer.

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College student Lewis decides to drive across the country to see Venna, a friend who doesn't know that Lewis is interested in her romantically. Unfortunately for his plans, Lewis gets saddled with his raucous-spirited older brother, Fuller, whose on-the-road pranks get the brothers and Venna sucked into a nightmare when a psychotic truckdriver takes offense. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Mystery | Thriller

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Rated R for violence/terror and language | See all certifications »

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5 October 2001 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,138,429 (UK) (26 April 2002)

Gross:

£2,215,996 (UK) (24 May 2002)
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The speaking voice for 'Rusty Nail' was provided by Ted Levine, most famous for portraying 'Buffalo Bill' in The Silence of the Lambs (1991). See more »

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When Lewis and Fuller first make contact with Rusty Nail on the CB, as the camera cuts back and forth between Lewis and Fuller in the car, the door lock on Lewis's side of the car is alternately up and down. See more »

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Fuller Thomas: Hey, you came all the way to Salt Lake for me?
Lewis Thomas: Well, you are technically still my brother.
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Big Enough For A Truck To Drive Through
31 January 2010 | by (Mishawaka, IN) – See all my reviews

The Good: Interesting cast, characters well thought out. 1971 Chrysler Newport (sweet choice of wheels). All actors did a decent job with what they were given, which was a fair amount. Decent script in terms of people, places.

The Bad (or just unfortunate): Ted Levine's missing face. On the deleted scenes, there is a moment between two characters, the first whistles to the second and indicates they should speak on the phone, and the second whistles back, giving the "bird" and then indicating why the "bird" is flown. That less than 30 second bit of business is flawless.

The Ugly: In the summary I am referring to Plot Holes. There are so many logical inconsistencies throughout that I stopped feeling any real tension. One character consistently has access to information (names, travel plans, room numbers) that simply is not available... which would be fine in a film about supernatural events. This is not a supernatural film. The film has that slick, smooth Hollywood feel that the independent film community cannot afford, and when the Indies use the cheap, digital cameras there is a grittiness, a sense of real urgency. The cinematography was simply too pretty to work in a film of this type.

Overall: 5/10. Not really a complete loss. Worthy of a sit through with plenty of popcorn, or a higher score for folks that want to watch an action based horror film with friends/family/etc that really don't normally care for that kind of thing, but not powerful enough to warrant full attention from a fan of the genre.


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