Joy Ride (2001) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

Joy Ride (2001) - Review, Rating and Synopsis

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  • Release Date:  2001
  • Genre:  Slasher
  • Cast & Crew: Steve Zahn, Paul Walker, Leelee Sobieski, Jessica Bowman, Stuart Stone, Basil Wallace, Brian Leckner, Mary Wickliffe, McKenzie Satterthwaite, Kenneth White, Luis Cortés, Michael McCleery, Rachel Singer.
  • Director:  John Dahl
  • Screenwriter:  Clay Tarver, J.J. Abrams

Joy Ride (2001) Rating:

  • Drew = 7 / 10;
  • Dylan = 8 / 10;
  • Eloise = 6 / 10;
  • Raoul = 7 / 10;
  • IMDb = 8.5/10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 9.8/10;

Joy Ride (2001) Synopsis:

After a prank gone wrong, three young people find themselves Marco Beltramithe prey of a maniac truck driver.

Joy Ride (2001) Review:

Joy Ride is a slasher doubled with a pursuit movie, similar to The Hitcher in many aspects, except maybe with a more elaborate scenario (but at the expense of a lesser psychological dimension).

The all movie happens on the road and thereby features a lot of action scenes with great vehicle pursuits. The killer is never shown on screen and, instead, a lot of the psychological aspect focuses on the voice of the killer, an interesting take on the slasher genre. The victim/killer pursuit scenes are realistic and immersive, often making you wonder what you would have done instead. Of course, the movie has its moments and also contains a lot of predictable scenes.

One aspect I especially liked is how the movie inserts a few humorous scenes at key moments to break up the tension. This makes the movie enjoyable from start to end without difficulty. The presence of convincing actors playing interesting characters helps a lot I guess.

Joy Ride remains an easy and entertaining watch, and a much-overlooked one I think. With his great pursuits and good characters, it really stands out above the average slashers.

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