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Saturday, 8 August 2015

JOY RIDE [2001]

Director John Dahl and screenwriter/producer J.J. Abrams show their love for Steven Spielberg's Duel in the road movie thriller, Joy Ride.
While traveling the long empty desert roads of Middle America, three college students are hunted down by a mysterious trucker who contacts them on a CB radio and vows to kill them.  There's a lot of fun to be had here should you ignore the glaring plot-holes, obvious re-shoots and bizarre stalls in the pacing.  There's a 29-minute long alternate ending that fixes a lot of the mistakes in the film but not enough to make Leelee Sobieski's character nothing more than a prop.  It should have stayed focused on the two brothers to avoid a lot of the misdirected bumps in the road.
Joy Ride knows it's popcorn but when it wants to push you to the edge of your seat it does a great job at it.

3 bottles of pink champagne out of 5

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