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It's all fun and games whene two brothers (Paul Walker and Steve Zahn) take off cross-country to bring home a pretty college friend (Leelee Sobieski). But the jokes end when a prank backfires and they find themselves stalked by a vengeful trucker who won't give up his relentless chase until somebody pays with their life.
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action and humour skillfully.the story involves Fuller (Steve Zahn)and
Lewis (Paul Walker)Thomas,two brothers on a road trip,who play a cruel
prank on a trucker.so,the trucker decides to get revenge on them and
terrorize them.meanwhile the brothers have picked up Venna(Leelee
Sobieski)who has no idea what she is getting herself in for.However she
soon finds out as she too becomes terrorized by the trucker and will
play an important role in his revenge.basically,what follows is action,
suspense,some humour and some scary moments.this movie is a real nail
biter.the acting is convincing and the film is well paced.i highly
recommend it 4.5/5
So watch it we did. And we were pleasantly horrified.
Joy Ride is about the all American road trip. One brother (Lewis, played by Paul Walker), on his way to pick up a potential future girlfriend (Venna, played by Leelee Sobieski) and thence homeward bound, finds out his older brother (Fuller, played by Steve Zahn) just got "into some trouble." That trouble involves jail time, apparently. But not for very long, because Lewis bails him out.
On the way across the U.S., the two boys get into trouble by pretending they're women on the CB. The brothers go one step further than usual man-boy antics by inviting a lonely trucker over to the hotel room of another jerk who crossed their path.
Okay, actually, the pissed off trucker, angry that he's not getting laid by "Candycane" rips off the other man's jaw in a rage. He gets points for creativity.
The above summary does not do the movie justice. There's great tension, slow camera pans, and moments of building suspsense -- one of them just focusing on an odd picture on a wall. But we're listening to what's going on BEHIND the wall.
Joy Ride is about anonymity. I relate to the issue because my Master's thesis was about just that: what you do when you're anonymous. It can be empowering when you're the anonymous one, or terrifying when someone anonymous stalks you. And that's exactly what happens in Joy Ride.
Joy Ride has its flaws. The brothers, Fuller specifically, borders on being an unlikable jerk that you begin to hope gets killed.Read more ›
All the actors turn in top-notch performances especially Steve Zahn in his first main star role. Marco Beltrami's music score is delightfully exciting and scary, adding tension to even the most calm parts in the film. Directed and photographed beautifully with ominous images of the dark, shadowed stalker and of desolate highways, blending this particular trucker in with the rest, as they all play a game of hide-and-seek.
Overall, this is one of the best thrillers to come along in ages and deserves all the appreciation it can get. The DVD is also highly recommended, though the featurette is actually very "etty" (meaning its very short)! Pulse-pounding entertainment!
This movie stars Paul Walker as Louis and Steve Zahn as his troublemaker brother Fuller. Fuller gets the genius idea to "prank call" someone on a CB radio. Turns out the guy on the other end REALLY hates prank calls. One of the cool things about his movie is that none of these characters have cell phones. I don't have a cell phone because I can't afford one, and it's nice to see that these guys don't have a cell phone simply because they couldn't afford one either.
I was gripping my chair during the chase scenes and freaking out over little things-- like when the truck driver loudly plays a fifties type song on the radio as he's trying to find them in a cornfield.
The alternate endings are especially pleasing. One of which is 29 minutes long (which was the original ending) and MUCH MUCH different than the one used in the movie. There are also three other endings, all fairly similar, but with twists on the same scenario. Another special feature is listening to the other voices that were intended for the truck drivers voice... you'll know why they chose Ted Levine for the voice after you hear the other two.
This a great movie, a fantastic DVD, and just an overall great time to watch. Get ready for the ride of your life!
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