A botched card game in London triggers four friends, thugs, weed-growers, hard gangsters, loan sharks and debt collectors to collide with each other in a series of unexpected events, all for the sake of weed, cash and two antique shotguns.
Jake Vig (Burns) is a consummate grifter about to pull his biggest con yet, one set to avenge his friend's murder. But his last scam backfired, leaving him indebted to a mob boss (Hoffman) and his enforcer.
The story focuses on a man who suffers "anesthetic awareness" and finds himself awake and aware, but paralyzed, during heart surgery. His mother must wrestle with her own demons as a drama unfolds around them, while trying to unfold the story hidden behind her son's young wife.
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
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Roadkill (or Joy Ride as it is also known) starts off promisingly, but ultimately ends up disappointing. Reminsiscent of both Duel and the Jamie Lee Curtis thriller, Road Games, this film lacks the sheer originality of the Spielberg classic or the Hitchcockian verve of the latter.
After the great initial set-up (two guys are stalked by a psycho trucker after playing a cruel prank on him on their CB), the film meanders aimlessly (and rather bloodlessly) to a weak and pedestrian finale.
The movie obviously suffered from last-minute rewrites (after disappointing test screenings?) and the DVD features umpteen alternative endings - none of which are very good! If only the makers of this film had had the balls to try and shock or surprise the audience, they may have had a real winner on their hands. This film would have really benefited from a 'Seven'-esque finale, or some 'Saw'-style creativity from its (admittedly nifty-monickered) sicko-trucker, Rusty Nail.
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