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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.

Also Known As: Joyride, Asla yabancilarla oynama, Roadkill, Pote mi milas se xenous, Nunca juegues con extraños, Kéjutazás, Kamiondžija, Lõbusõit, Paihnidia thanatou, Παιχνίδια θανάτου, Radio Killer, Убиец на пътя, Divlja vožnja, Road Killer, Joyride - Spritztour, Prześladowca, Virée d'enfer, Une virée en enfer, Não Brinques com Estranhos, Protarides sto eglima, Highway Horror, Never Play with Strangers, Perseguição, Ничего себе поездочка, Frecuencia mortal, Joy Ride, Perseguição - A Estrada da Morte, Candy Cane, Squelch, Roadkill New, Нiчого собi поiздочка

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  • anoniem
    anoniem

    de enige film die bij mij perfect werkte was maleficent

    • anonymous
      Anonymous

      de enige film die bij mij perfect werkte was de film maleficent

  • anonymous
    Anonymous

    A lot of movies including this 1 aren’t working anymore this sites shyte🖕🏿

    • catt-bern
      Catt Bern

      I agree

  • r
    R

    Hi

  • mary-monroe
    mary monroe

    JOYRIDE is a beautiful shot “horror” film. It’s really not a horror film but more like a twisted thriller but the improbabilities of the seriously troubled script almost put this film is the slasher or SCREAM genre. The idea is good (a prank gone wrong) but they (director, writer, producers, etc) had NO idea what to do with it or where to go with it. Great beginning, nearly disastrous ending. The ending itself in the final cut is OK but when you consider the fact that they re-shot the entire ending, more than 20 minutes, which is a big chunk of the film, then this clearly makes the ending seem even more lackluster and unimpressive than it is right now. The alternative/original ending is available for all to see on the DVD, which is almost as boring or unimpressive as the one in the final cut.I’ve never seen such a massive re-shoot for a film. The last third of the film was completely changed, which tells me they had no idea what to do with the story and the characters, the good guys and the bad guy. It’s truly mind boggling when you consider that with all the people involved in a movie no one could come up with a better conclusion to the story they meticulously set up during the first hour.Anyway, at least the first half is good, even if it’s predictable and implausible (the killer knows a lot about the two pranksters…). One can only imagine how the film should have ended. Clearly, JOYRIDE is a missed opportunity.

  • erin-murphy
    erin murphy

    Ever wonder who blackmails a budding star like LeeLee Sobieski into a hopeless part in a worthless movie? In the uneven Glass House, in which she gives a performance better than the movie deserved, making it watchable. In ” My First Mister”, she gives a performance that hints at future Oscars.In Joy Ride, she is essentially window dressing, a token nubile young starlet. The director has lots of fun hinting at her cleavage, her (covered) nipples, her panties and other pg ‘eroticism’ for 12 year olds. In addition to wasting LeeLee, this movie never develops real suspense. The plot is even more unbelievable than average. The actors seem to be swallowing their giggles. All the best scenes were in the trailer. Fans of Paul Walker, of Fast and Furious fame, might also endure the movie for his sake.Steve Zahn tries to steal the movie, and almost succeeds, but ends up overacting to overcome the bad script.I gave this a 6 for LeeLee, but recommend you watch The Glass House instead.

  • nishaa-shrmaa
    nishaa shrmaa

    Watching “Joy Ride” is like racing with “The Blair Witch Project.” Director John Dahl of “Unforgettable” (1996) and “Rounders” (1998) conjures up several convincing but unsavory clammy-fisted suspense scenes in this low-budget, neo-noir, cat-and-mouse road rage thriller, but he cheats audiences over the long run. First, he affords us only fleeting glimpses of the villain. Never do we clearly see what this homicidal hellion looks like any more than we saw the “Blair Witch” herself. Of course, when the DVD version comes out, we’ll freeze-frame that split-second shot of this mother trucker for clarity, but until then the only prominent feature is a greasy fat paw of a fist. Second, Dahl does little to make the Clay Tarver & Jeffrey Abrams screenplay appear remotely plausible. Not only does the anonymous but omniscient villain in “Joy Ride” manage to stay well ahead of our protagonists, but also he accomplishes some pretty outrageous feats. Third, since our heroes cannot vanquish evil, Dahl deprives us of the emotional catharsis that closure would have provided. Instead, the open-and-unresolved ending, perfect for a sequel, robs “Joy Ride” of memorable dramatic impact. Fourth, for a movie about a deranged dastard, the corpses are too far and few between in number. Only two people out of everybody else in the entire film die. BOO! Sadly, my high hopes for this persuasively acted but uneven suspenser grew out of previously impressive Dahl directoral outings such as the edgy “Red Rock West” (1993) with Nicholas Cage and the mischievous femme fatale opus “The Last Seduction” (1994) with sexy Linda Fiorentino.Essentially, freshman scribe Clay Tarver and Jeffrey Abrams of “Armageddon” and “Forever Young” have penned a shallow but provocative screenplay long on suspense but short on payoff. They borrow elements from Steven Spielberg’s 1971 telefilm “Duel,” the 1997 Jonathan Mostow nail-biter “Breakdown” with Kurt Russell, and the grisly yet gripping 1986 Robert Harmon stalker saga “The Hitcher” co-starring Rutger Hauer & C. Thomas Howell. Watch any of those movies, and you’ll be far ahead of this formulaic fare. Each movie exerts an influence on “Joy Ride,” but Dahl cannot sustain this tightly coiled thriller despite its top-grade technical qualities. Even his clever homage to Alfred Hitchcock’s “North By Northwest” with a nighttime cornfield scene doesn’t compensate for the routine storyline. Basically, a psychotic trucker (effectively voiced by Matthew Kimbrough) with neither a shred of humor nor decency harasses brothers Lewis Thomas (Paul Walker of “Skulls”) and Fuller Thomas (Steve Zahn of “Out of Sight”) to the point of trying to butcher them. After our misguided protagonists play a juvenile prank with their citizen’s band radio on a creepy, hormone-addled trucker, ‘Rusty Nail’ as the trucker calls himself goes insanely berserk.Whoa, let’s back up momentarily. Initially, Lewis had an airline ticket for his flight home as his freshman year winds down at the University of California at Berkley As the action gears up, Lewis is chatting long-distance with an old hometown friend Venna (Leelee Sobrieki of “The Glass House”) who has just broken up with her boyfriend at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She explains how she’d like to decompress and gradually make her way home. Wouldn’t it be fantastic, she muses aloud, if Lewis could pick her up in his car. She doesn’t think Lewis owns a car. Indeed, our hero doesn’t until she puts the idea in his brain. Lewis lies and assures her he has a car, and they make plans for him to pick her up. Out goes Lewis to cash in his airline ticket and buy a used car, so Venna and he can take the slow way home to New Jersey like the heroes did in “Jeepers Creepers.” Before he embarks on his road trip, Lewis learns from his mom that the Salt Lake City Police have arrested his irresponsible older brother Fuller on a DUI charge. Somebody must bail him out, and his father refuses to do anything about him. Along the way to Boulder, Lewis impulsively makes a U-turn that gets him a ticket then wheels into Salt Lake City long enough to secure Fuller’s release. The last thing Lewis imagined is Fuller would choose to accompany Venna and him on the entire trip. Clearly, Fuller must have forgotten the cliché: “Two’s A Group; Three’s A Crowd.” Director John Dahl botches what otherwise might have ranked as a top-flight horror feature. Again, he never reveals the villain, charts an improbable chronicle of events, drums up an unbelievable ending, has a low body count, and lets evil escape punishment. The sad thing about “Joy Ride’ and so many movies today is the technical qualities are superb. The acting is first-rate. Steve Zahn and Pat Walker make believable brothers, especially in their sibling rivalry scenes. Meanwhile, Zahn brings incredible nuance to his character. Rednecks take a beating in the script, and Dahl depicts them as Neanderthal types who lack sexual savoir faire. Unfortunately, neither Dahl nor his scenarists bring any psychological insight into Rusty Nail’s character. When Lewis addresses Rusty Nail in his Candy Cane voice, Rusty hesitates when Candy asks him what he would do after she unbuttoned her blouse. The guys get a great laugh out of Rusty’s sexual repressive personality. Later, they pay for their arrogance when Rusty Nail forces them to enter a truck stop butt-naked to order six cheeseburgers. The expression on the elderly waitress’s face when she asks if they want fries to go with it is hilarious. “Joy Ride” gets a lot of mileage out of suspense, but director John Dahl turns it into road kill.

  • clara-cardoso
    clara cardoso

    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.

  • linda-frederick
    linda frederick

    “Joyride” is far from dull, yet not as gripping as it sets out to be, due to certain goofs in the plot. Sometimes the movie doesn’t know whether it wants to be a slick suspense-thriller or a slasher flick. It’s the film’s unevenness that bogs it down. Steve Zahn is good as usual, adding some fine comic relief. Paul Walker is still not a great actor, but he’s better than he was in “The Fast and the Furious” (I wanted to make sure he gets banned from movies forever after that performance). And Leelee Sobieski shows off her talent as an up-and-coming young actress, sometimes to the point where I feel she’s too good for this movie! “Joyride” kept my interest, with the exception of a few overlong chase sequences, but it left me wanting more. And there were some scenes that just begged for uninintentional laughter. ********SPOILERS AHEAD********** For example, that scene where the guys stop at the gas station. The tall, bearded guy with long hair (stereotypical creepy scary movie villain) walks into the store, carrying a tire thumper like a baseball bat. The guys run into the car and try to make a quick getaway. The creepy guy gets into his truck and chases after them. When they finally stop, the guy steps up to the window and hands Paul Walker the credit card that he dropped at the store. What the hell was that??? You’re telling me a guy finds a credit card and he’s gonna be such a good samaritan that he’s gonna engage himself in a high-speed chase (driving a truck, I might add) just to give this poor guy his credit card? “Joyride” could’ve been a lot worse, but it could’ve been a lot better. John Dahl, who directed the callously underrated “Rounders,” makes great use of lighting, but his slick direction can’t overshadow the goofy script. My score: 6 (out of 10)

  • jacqueline-walters
    jacqueline walters

    Spoilers herein.Something weird is happening. We are in a state of accelerating change in American society, at least as rapid and perhaps as radical as the sixties. Just think about this film.The revenge story is old old old, but nearly always the issue is revenge for an evil or unjust act. Think about the hundreds of revenge films, like perhaps the Bronson flicks. The revenge setup is always that something incredibly horrible happens to set the stage. Then, we allow ourselves to feel no shame when incredible violence and usually supernatural luck or prowess is brought to bear.Then we had the pretty radical `Unforgiven,’ where the revenge is purchased, and as things progress the original offense keeps getting amplified. Pretty strong, powerful and intelligent stuff.Now with this film, things are turned around. The revenge story is from the other side. As viewers, we never question that there really is a truck driver out there who fully justifies his actions the same way Bronson did. Millions, even whole nations, to whom an apparently trivial sleight actually carries great weight. Watch as we understand completely how any amount of force can be brought to bear.Watch how the surprise ending is a surprise only because it completes the cycle: the debt is paid, everything is washed clean, newly corrected and balanced life goes on.LeeLee was effective in `Eyes Wide Shut,’ where she played a rather simple role. Here, little is demanded, but she delivers less. She’s off my list.

  • vadim-patberg
    vadim patberg

    This film was absolutely incredible! It was SO unbelievably exciting and suspenseful! I found myself shaking in my seat throughout most of the film!Paul Walker and Steve Zahn were excellent as Lewis and Fuller Thomas! Leelee Sobieski’s character (Venna Wilcox) doesn’t really do anything until about 45 minutes into the movie, but she still did a great job! She has proven, several times, that she is one of the best actresses in Hollywood today! Ted Levine was brilliantly menacing as the faceless ‘Rusty Nail’.John Dahl creates a world that is so frighteningly real, that it’s hard NOT to get scared! This is one movie that you will not take your eyes off of! It basically keeps you ‘nailed’ to your seat. If you have not seen JOY RIDE, I highly (with a capital H) recommend that you do!

  • ewelina-lesiewicz
    ewelina lesiewicz

    First, we have to assume that there’s a psycho trucker out there who would stop at nothing to avenge a cruel prank. OK, I guess I can buy that. But…(Possible spoilers follow!!) … how did he keep finding them, wherever they went? … how did he learn their names? … how did he find their CB radio, and hide it in their car without being detected? … how did he know they were listening from the next room? … oh boy, this is a big one — how did he know about Venna’s roommate, and how did he find her? … how did he know which road they’d take when he left a spray-painted message on road signs, and when did he find the time to be leaving personalized graffiti along with all the other torment he was causing? … and above all, if he was really intent on killing them, why didn’t he do it when he easily had the chance (while their car was wedged between his truck and a tree)??I know a lot of people liked this film, but to me, there were too many unbelievable or unexplainable moments to make it into the thriller it could have been.Leelee Sobieski and Steve Zahn were very good. Even though I didn’t like the movie, they deserve credit for doing a fine job.

  • tommy-sandvik
    tommy sandvik

    STAR RATING:*****Unmissable****Very Good***Okay**You Could Go Out For A Meal Instead*Avoid At All CostsLewis Thomas (Paul Walker) is a young man who must head cross-country to bail his deadbeat brother Fuller (Steve Zahn) from the county jail.On the way to meet his girlfriend Venna (Leelee Sibieski),Fuller leads Lewis up the alley and encourages him to use a CV radio he has aquired in order to play a practical joke on a trucker.It is from here that a nightmare ride of mayhem,destruction and death will ensue.This is quite a pleasant surprise indeed.In what must be his least nauseating,most watchable performance to date,the hardly-master thespian Walker commandeers the lead role with nerve and a quirky humour.The supporting cast are excellent too,and are well served by a tense,tightly written script that throws in the appropriate lashings of suspense as well as side portions of pathos and black humour that keeps the boat flowing nicely.It’s a suspense thriller in the vein of the similarly themed Duel and,like that movie,has moments that are genuinely terrifying and which accomplish the movie’s task perfectly.****

  • claude-courtois
    claude courtois

    I am surprised at some of the ratings this movie received.I’ve seen worst, but I’ve definitely seen better. I’ll be honest and say that it was better than I expected it to be, but not by much. The plot wasn’t extremely original, the movie was unrealistic (seriously, do you think such a thing would happen in reality?), and the protagonists were pretty stupid (in a lot of horror movies, the protagonists are, but it would be nice to see one where they are at least not complete idiots). The older of the two brothers was a total moron and the movie would be better if he died.The movie can be best described with one simple word: Mediocre. If you only need to blow a bit of time, this movie will do. But if you’re actually looking for a really good movie, walk past this one at the video store.

  • giedre-stankevicius
    giedre stankevicius

    Gripping, white-knuckler of a film was one of the best thrillers of its year!Brothers driving across the American west play a prank on a truck driver, who then seeks some harsh vengeance.Joy Ride may recall a lot of road thrillers, such as Duel (1971), Road Games (1981), or The Hitcher (1986), but it’s a film that firmly stands out among the genre. The story is genuinely engrossing, with plenty of well-time shocks, suspenseful build up, and intense action sequences. Joy Ride also has a good share of eerie sequences to help it sustain a hair-raising atmosphere and the feeling that doom could be around any turn in the road. This comes off especially effective as our heroes are likable characters. It all builds to a loud, dramatic conclusion. The direction is well done, the cinematography is nicely captured, there’s plenty of scenic filming locations, and a moody music score.The films stars are one of its biggest highlights. Paul Walker makes for a decent good-guy. The lovely Leelee Sobieski is perfect as Walker’s head-strong girlfriend. But greatest of all is Steve Zahn as Walker’s no-account big brother. Zahn’s performance is great and he adds more than a few moments of good comic relief to the film. Ted Levine, who does the voice of our villain, is perfectly frightening.Road thrillers certainly aren’t anything new, but this film is one of the best of them! For thriller fans, Joy Ride lives up to its title.*** 1/2 out of ****

  • sergey-beljajev
    sergey beljajev

    Stephen Spielberg’s debut film ‘Duel’, about a man who inadvertently offends a truck driver, is still one his best, leaner than most of his subsequent work and none the worse for it. More than thirty years later comes John Dahl’s ‘Rodakill’, a film occupying very similar territory, but in no way superior to its predecessor. Dahl is actually quite good at handling the action scenes, but his film is a bit cruder, a bit more over-the-top, and a considerably less plausible than Spielberg’s masterpiece (the truck, for example, seems to have a tighter turning circle than a running human!) ‘Roadkill’ is still possessed of a certain gut power; but less, in the case of this comparison, is definitely more.

  • melissa-jacques
    melissa jacques

    I guess my review includes ‘spoilers’ so beware. The entire movie is a spoiler…wished someone had warned me. I’m wondering how old these people are who rated it above 2 out of 10. I quickly thought it was a horrible rip off of Duel. But it was much worse than that – nothing was sensible. Everything insulted my intelligence…from the beginning where he buys an old hooptie to travel across country to this big, dirty trucker being able to stalk someone unnoticed in his big, loud truck. For those of you who didn’t find it insulting, let me give you a piece of advice. If you’re being chased by a vehicle, go right or left…dont keep running straight ahead!!!! The cornfield scene was totally insane. They run in front of a huge truck and finally turn…only to stop a few feet from where the truck is located so they can peer thru the corn and breathe heavily. I mean get a clue!!! Oh, and now that he’s gotten out of the truck, let me ‘whisper’ to my friend across the corn field. It’s a special whisper…the trucker won’t hear it but my friend will…right? Did I mention the trucker has special powers…they didn’t mention them in the movie but he must have had some. How did he know who they were? Where they were? Know their every move? Know their names? Kidnap Charlotte (who was going a totally different direction) then catch up to the main characters? Did they give him their itinerary? I guess they had a special CB/GPS device. I could go on but there shouldn’t be any need. Too bad writers/directors don’t just say “we made this for naive people who will be frightened by loud noises and be oblivious to illogical plots”. Don’t waste your money or your time.

  • rachel-schmidt
    rachel schmidt

    A couple of punk kids use a CB to prank off the wrong guy in this above average teen thriller. I say above average, but as far as teen thrillers go, with “I know what you did last summer”, “Urban Legends”, and their ilk cluttering up the sub-genre, a movie like this is frigging’ Macbeth.Not to say this film is without flaws, Leelee Sobieski is pretty wooden in her role as Venna and there are plot holes that you can even drive Rusty Nail’s truck through. However it does create some good tension, so I’m willing to overlook that.My Grade: B- Fox DVD Extras: Commentary by Director John Dahl; 2nd commentary by Writes Clay Tarver and J.J. Abrams; 3rd Commentary by Steve Zahn and Leelee Sobrieski; Making-of; Deleted scenes; 4 alternate endings; Voice auditions for Rusty Nail; White Rabbit type Branching option; Theatrical trailer

  • georgia-perry
    georgia perry

    Joy Ride is a good scary movie. What makes the film scary is the lack of a monster, the villain is a real crazy guy who can easily find you.John Dahl makes the film suspenseful with it’s dark tone and swift camera angles and the cast all play their roles effectively. I give it *** out of ****.

  • clara-cespedes-quintana
    clara cespedes quintana

    An intense action/horror/thriller directed by John Dahl that stars Steve Zahn (Stuart Little 2, Sahara), Paul Walker (2 Fast 2 Furious, Into the Blue), and Leelee Sobieski (The Glass House, Eyes Wide Shut).This movie is one of the most intense and most psychologically frightening movies ever made, that includes a shocking surprise ending. I’m surprised Wes Craven didn’t direct this film, it would have been twice as scary. But John Dahl did a very good job. It is so freaky and so intensely strong that my heart kept racing. Each action/horror sequence kept eclipsing the last. Each thrill gets more thrilling and more shocking as time goes on. Joy Ride is a film everyone that’s over the age of 12 will enjoy. I say 12 because it is extremely intense and there is some nasty violence in this film that might not be suitable for people under the age of 12.Without giving too much away, I can only say never buy a crappy forty dollar C.B. and prank call anyone you don’t know. Bad things could happen. And believe me, this guy is very dangerous and does not like to be messed with, little do Lewis (Walker) and Fuller (Zahn) Thomas, and Lewis’s girlfriend, Venna (Sobieski) know. Mwahahahahahahahaha!My tip…NEVER EVER PRANK SOMEBODY YOU DON’T KNOW! Joy Ride is a weirdly named title, and yet it isn’t. I think it partly isn’t because I can’t think of a better name for it, so, yet, I think it’s a pretty good title.**** out of **** stars.10/10 Original MPAA rating: R: Violence/Terror and LanguageMy MPAA rating: R: Intense Sequences of Violence and Terror, Strong Language, and Male Nudity.My Canadian Rating: 14A: Violence, Frightening Scenes, Nudity

  • povilonis-edita
    povilonis edita

    I thought it a good popcorn thriller. Suspenseful, and lots of action. I’m no film critic or anything, but I was entertained by this and that’s all that matters to me. Plus, I’m secretly in love with Leelee. Marry me!It’s got plenty of suspense, and as long as you’re not looking for anything too deep, this will satisfy you. I have the idea that the original review posted was by someone who prefers a more chilling horror movie, which I do not. This is pure entertainment with a scary element thrown in.I highly respect Steve Zahn as an actor, and Paul Walker isn’t bad either. The “unknown” rig driver is properly menacing, and I can completely suspend disbelief and place myself in either of these actors’ roles (more likely Walker’s role as he originally goes with the prank and then thinks otherwise when the prank starts to get into the “iffy” category but his buddy eggs him on).Like I said, pop yourself some popcorn, don’t expect a deep and mind-bending thriller, turn the lights off and cozy up with your guy or girl and enjoy a satisfyingly entertaining movie with a solid storyline that will not give you nightmares.Cheers 🙂

  • theresia-khantampe
    theresia khantampe

    Joy Ride is a helluva movie. Basically an homage to Stephen Spielberg’s 1971 made-for-TV classic Duel, it’s the story of three young people being terrorized by a malevolent trucker.On his way to pick up his girlfriend from college, Lewis Thomas (Paul Walker) stops to bail his loser brother Fuller (Steve Zahn) out of jail. They pass the time by taunting a trucker on their CB radio. Of course the trucker turns out to be a psycho who terrorizes them until they finally think they’ve appeased him by offering him their abject apologies. But once Lewis and Fuller pick up Lewis’ girlfriend (Leelee Sobieski), things start right up again with increased intensity, and the realization that this isn’t just any trucker. A sense of the uncanny and possibly the supernatural starts to pervade the film. The tension is cranked up until by the end I was literally gritting my teeth and squirming in my seat.This movie is smart, well directed, and scary as hell. My only complaint is that I really wanted Steve Zahn’s character to die. Highly recommended. ***1/4/****

  • kristina-astrom
    kristina astrom

    This turned out to be one the few movies I liked that was geared toward a teen audience. Steve Zahn and Paul Walker weren’t natural in the roles as brothers, which embodied the very nature of their relationship. While the story became rather convoluted near the end, Rusty Nail’s voice and detached presence brought some actual fear to the heart of the viewer. While the sound editing made this film, the relatively simple yet complex plot really turned this film into a satisfying movie experience.

  • chris-delgado
    chris delgado

    After KILL ME AGAIN and RED ROCK WEST director Dahl has again made a nice good-looking, really thrilling little B-movie! He must have watched DUEL (which is still better, maybe the best S. Spielberg movie ever, and rates 10/10) and has added something here and there. The Trauma Spielberg handled in his movie is not to be found in here, but it’s still and nevertheless a highly enjoyable, also well photographed movie with believable actors and a nice twisted ending (improbable, yes, but still nice). Whereas in DUEL one just had the man (Dennis Weaver is his best movie) and a truck (without the driver ever to be seen), Dahl added more characters and a more visible (actually audible) driver + police, etc, but the basic plot, people running away from mad truck/driver, is left intact. I just wish more such movies would still be made today …

  • sasa-matic
    sasa matic

    In “Joy Ride”, two brothers (Zhan & Walker) get involved with a big rig driver over the CB radio while on the open road. They set him up as a practical joke and unleash all hell on themselves as the unseen subject of their prank, known only as “Rusty Nail”, turns out to be a maniacal killer. “Joy Ride” is a well crafted thriller which methodically builds suspense while avoiding the usual gore and guts of horror flicks. With only a few plot holes, this thriller should keep most on the edge of their seats. Worth a look especially for those who enjoyed “Duel” (circa 1971) which is now circulating on cable.

  • alyssa-reynolds
    alyssa reynolds

    “Joy Ride” is an extremely entertaining road-set horror/thriller that was surprisingly quite good. The film is about Lewis (Paul Walker), a college coed who decides to buy himself a car and take off across the desert to pick up a would-be-girlfriend, Venna (Leelee Sobieski) in Colorado for a road trip together. He then learns that his older troubled brother, Fuller (Steve Zahn) has been arrested in Salt Lake City, so he picks him up on the way. After having a CB radio installed into the car, the two take off to pick up Venna, but end up pulling a prank on an anonymous trucker who goes by the name of “Rusty Nail” (excellently voiced by Ted Levine) on the CB radio. After the trucker learns about the prank, he attacks the brothers with his large semi, but they manage to escape. But soon after they pick up Venna, the menacing truck driver begins harassing them again, seeking revenge for the joke they decided to play on him – he’ll stop at nothing to get it, and he’s looking for more than an apology.Reminiscent of “The Hitcher” in quite a few ways, but also a much different film, “Joy Ride” was a surprise for me. I was expecting something along the lines of your typical teenage-horror fare, and I was pleasantly surprised with this intelligent and heart-pounding little thriller of a film. To start off, the story in itself is very nicely written and manages to avoid clichés. The characters in this film are smart, and the audience is rooting for them the entire way through. There are some excellently orchestrated thrill sequences, one of them being the really intense chase through the cornfield, among others, and these scenes are sure to get you on the edge of your seat.Tension builds slowly during the first 40 minutes or so, and from there it just goes rampant. The cast is led by Paul Walker, who hasn’t accomplished anything too amazing, but manages to lead the film well and play his character believably. Steve Zahn in his quirky and funny older brother, and plays the part suitably. Leelee Sobieski plays the intuitive girl-next-door friend who ends up along for the ride, and she also gives a worthy performance. The psycho-trucker villain of the film is very scary, never really seen – we get to know him through the frightening conversations on the CB radio, where he makes numerous threats and has many disturbing confrontations with the group of friends. Ted Levine, who played the notorious Buffalo Bill in “The Silence of the Lambs” voices the psychopath, and his voice itself is creepy enough, and adds to the villain’s overall demeanor. The ending was excellent, and I loved how ominous it was. I really didn’t see it coming, and it concluded on a very unnerving note.Overall, “Joy Ride” is a superior action-filled horror/thriller that came as a big surprise to me. It was intelligent, tense, scary, and very well-written, which was nice because of my semi-low (no pun intended) expectations going into it. People who enjoyed “The Hitcher” will more than likely also enjoy this road trip from hell. Very well done and worth seeing for both horror and thriller fans alike. 8/10.

  • miruna-barbu
    miruna barbu

    The idea of this movie is actually pretty good; two teenagers do a prank call on a CB radio, but the prank turns on them. Most teenagers have probably been in a situation where they themselves made a prank call. At the very least, everyone knows about it. The film has some excellent shocks throughout the movie, and all of the ‘thrilling’ sequences are very intense, sometimes bordering on the extreme. The plot is pretty good, even pretty original, as far as I know. The acting is good enough. The characters are believable and their actions are understandable, most of the time. The movie has some very good cinematography and some pretty good cinematic effects. The ending, though a bit far-fetched, was the perfect way to end it, in my opinion. I couldn’t have imagined a better way to end it. I recommend this to pretty much any teen who enjoys thrillers, especially the ones who like to relate to the theme and plot. Nearly every teenager in the world can in some way relate to at least one of the main characters in this film. 7/10

  • miguel-domingues
    miguel domingues

    It would be very easy to overlook ‘Roadkill’ (the title ‘Joy Ride’ is known by here in Australia), especially considering the leads are mainly known for asinine teen movies. But dig a little deeper and you will see that it is directed by the underrated John Dahl, also responsible for the crackerjack thriller ‘Red Rock West’ a decade ago. Paul Walker (‘The Skulls’) is very effective as your average joe college kid, and Steve Zahn (‘Out Of Sight’) is even better as his smart ass older brother. Zahn is a talented comic often better than the movies he appears in, and he is in fine form here. The chemistry between the two is believable and amusing without becoming tired. Leelee Sobieski (‘Eyes Wide Shut’) has yet to make much of an impact on me, and there’s very little to change that here. She is passable but little more than eye candy as Walker’s potential love interest. The real star of the movie is the mysterious and frightening trucker Rusty Nail (‘The Silence Of The Lambs’ Ted Levine). Of course the whole scenario is hugely indebted to Spielberg’s suspense classic ‘Duel’, but Dahl and co. manage to put a fresh and exiting spin on familiar material. ‘Roadkill’ won’t change your life, but it is a genuinely exciting and effective thriller, a real rarity in Hollywood these days. Hitchcock it ain’t but it’s a very entertaining popcorn movie with plenty of thrills and twists. Recommended.

  • sig-ra-mattia-de-luca
    sig ra mattia de luca

    After Lewis Thomas (Paul Walker) buys a car to pick up would-be girlfriend Venna (Leelee Sobieski) from college in Colorado, he learns that his brother, Fuller (Steve Zahn), was jailed on a misdemeanor charge in Salt Lake City. So he decides to pick up his brother first. During a pit stop, Fuller has a mechanic install a CB radio. They joke around with truckers, going so far as posing as a woman and setting up a false date with one. When the prank turns to tragedy, the trucker seeks revenge.For the most part, Joy Ride is an enjoyable horror/thriller. It is loaded with tension and it’s easy for viewers to picture themselves in the scenario, as it’s relatively realistic. The horror is formed from everyday situations, where just a couple bad decisions can lead one into the sights of a madman.However, I had to subtract two points for something I very rarely subtract points for–“stupid decisions” on the part of protagonists. Of course, some people think that horror films are primarily based on characters making stupid decisions, but in my view of the genre, even if such actions are clichéd, filmmakers generally justify such decisions at least in the context of the film. Too often in Joy Ride, writers Clay Tarver and J.J. Abrams, along with director John Dahl, make little attempt at justification. Why don’t they just turn the CB off? Why don’t they just ignore the villain? Why don’t they call the police? Why don’t they stay in places that are more populated (like the truckstop)? Why do they keep trusting the villain? While there are some cursory answers to a few of these questions, taken together, you keep wondering, “In the film’s world, how can someone so stupid be in college?” One possible answer is suggested by the Joy Ride DVD. It contains a 29-minute alternate ending that thankfully has a bit of commentary from both the director and the writer. The alternate ending is just is good as the theatrical version, in my opinion, and tries to put a slightly more logical spin on the film. Our heroes do end up at a police station, with some police cooperation. However, it was apparently felt that this alternate (actually the original) ending “didn’t work” and “didn’t maintain tension”. Abrams felt that involving the police more directly in the plot removed too much of the focus from our heroes. Dahl also states that he thought there was too much character development in the original ending. I beg to differ on all of those points. Although the revised ending has many positive aspects not found in the original–especially a Rube Goldberg-like scenario involving maximum, immediate risk and creating maximum tension, the original ending may have worked better overall in my opinion.But Joy Ride is good enough overall to transcend stupid decisions on the part of the characters. If seen as a sequence of high-tension scenarios, where logical plot connectors are only secondary to creating thrilling rides, Joy Ride almost deserves an A (a 9 in my rating system). There isn’t a scenario in the film that’s not smart and inventive in some way. The three principles–Walker, Zahn and Sobieski–give good performances, and the villain is masterfully done by Matthew Kimbrough (who provided the body), Ted Levine (who provided the bizarre, creepy voice), and Dahl, who wisely shows glimpses of him, but only glimpses. The villain is almost supernatural in his cleverness, strength and obsession. It’s just too bad that we haven’t had a sequel yet.