After forays into film noir, thrillers, dramas, and even documentaries, director John Dahl tries the teen horror genre on for size. Paul Walker stars as Lewis Thomas, a college freshman embarking on a cross-country road trip during summer break to pick up his girlfriend Venna (Leelee Sobieski). Along for the ride is Lewis' brother Fuller (Steve Zahn), a practical joker who uses the car's CB radio to play a cruel prank on a lonely trucker known only by the handle Rusty Nail. The victim of Fuller's gag turns out to be a psychotic murderer and soon the brothers are being pursued by the relentless stalker, who gets his revenge in gruesome fashion. Joy Ride, which co-stars Matthew Kimbrough, was produced under the working title "Squelch."~Karl Williams
I waited to get this film for the longest time and am gratefully happy for being able to watch a film I showed my kids in the early 2000's.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review
One extremely underrated thriller!
What makes Joy Ride scary is its believability, this kind of thing can actually happen, probably not to the extreme as portrayed in the film, but people do play jokes on each other constantly, and some do get carried away. Composed of a relatively young cast, Steve Zahn (Fuller Thomas,) Paul Walker (Lewis Thomas) and Leelee Sobieski (Venna) did a good job keeping the audiences attention glued to the screen, the pacing was actually well done because there was not a dull moment on this road trip. Unfortunately, with this genre there is usually little character development, which is true for Joy Ride, but it isn't necessarily a bad thing here.
Joy Ride was an entertaining and short movie that doesn't take itself too seriously, the direction was tight and the script was decent, it's a great film for adults and teenager alike. Just remember, it's all fun and games until someone gets hurt, and do unto others as you would have them done to you.
Arriving just before "Horror" returned to the cinema for the 21st century, JOY RIDE certainly fits that description, while still living within the defined rules of a "thriller". Fun performances from the 3 leads, good pacing & an easy-to-get-into story from J.J. Abrams puts this on a must-watch list for modern horror enthusiasts. Add an awesome and uncredited vocal presence from Ted (Buffalo Bill) Levine & you know it's worthwhile.
Great & cheap HD addition to the chiller/thriller home library.
Sometimes we just want to smack teenagers and say "wake up!!" Be respectful! This movie, however, you want to really feel for them and save them!! The plot, story, and psycho truck driver and teen characters are excellent parts of the movie!
Very entertaining and suspenseful movie from the early 2000s. It is very much a product of its time. The acting isn't great, but that is not uncommon for movies like this. Great premise, memorable characters (especially the villain, Rusty Nail, even though he is mostly unseen). Blu-ray quality is only ok, but still better than dvd. The alternate endings included are worth a watch, including a very long one that replaces the whole last third of the movie.
This movie is kinda a guilty pleasure, I've always liked this movie I really like the cast, I know Paul walker wasn't the worlds greatest actor but Most of the time like his movies. i like Steve zahns character also. This movie has a great feel to it. I do think when leelee Sobieski character is picked up towards the middle of the movie it kinda goes downhill from there, but overall I'd get it a B.