Joy Ride (2001)

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Three young people on a road trip from Colorado to New Jersey talk to a trucker on their CB radio, then must escape when he turns out to be a psychotic killer.


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Director:

John Dahl

Writers:

Clay Tarver, J.J. Abrams

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13 January 2003 | Infofreak
A surprisingly engrossing and effective thriller. Not all that original but extremely entertaining.
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.

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Trivia

During the course of the movie, watch the LED signal strength indicator lights on the brothers' CB radio. The first four indicator lights change colors in nearly every scene, including bright green, dark green, yellow, red, and crimson. This is obviously intentional and not a series of continuity errors. In fact, it's an accurate portrayal. CB's with an LED signal meter do in fact go from amber to green to red, with weakest signals being amber and, and medium strength being green, and red for VERY close signals. However, on AM they do not bounce while the signal is being received, this is only happens on side-band (USB or LSB).


Quotes

Rusty Nail: I was just playing.


Goofs

In the climax, a crew member's hand-held two-way radio with red and green lights is sitting on top of an abandoned box/crate Lewis retrieves to rescue Fuller off the fence.


Alternate Versions

The DVD includes four alternate endings. Three of the alternate endings are just alternate versions of the ending used. However, in all three, the two brothers physically fight Rusty Nail behind the hotel rather than Rusty Nail getting in his truck and plowing it into the hotel. In all three endings the following occurs: Lewis gets into the truck and plows it into Rusty Nail. As he is walking away from the truck, Rusty Nail grabs him from underneath and tries to pull him back in. Fuller runs to the front to stop the police from entering Room 18, but they hold him down and bust in anyways. · In the first ending Lewis is able to break the board that is supporting the truck and it comes crashing down on top of Rusty Nail. · In the second ending, Venna is able to get out of the chair. She shoots Rusty Nail with the shotgun as he is trying to pull Lewis under the truck. · In the third ending, Lewis ramming Rusty Nail with the truck knocks the truck driver into the hotel room. Lewis and Rusty Nail fight behind Venna as the police bust into the room. As they do, Lewis pushes Venna out of the way of the shotgun blast, and it ends up killing Rusty Nail. All three endings end with the three in the back of an ambulance. Lewis is talking to his father on a payphone and forces Fuller to talk to him. The fourth ending - which is actually a completely different third act - begins with the brothers naked at the rest stop. As Venna is talking to Rusty Nail, she mentions something about 70% of psychotic killers end up killing themselves. She sees Rusty Nail pull up behind her and she honks on the phone. The brothers run out, Fuller getting dressed and getting into the car, Lewis running naked across the parking lot to cut off Rusty Nail. Fuller and Venna in the car chase after Rusty Nail. As they run along side the semi truck up an off ramp, they are forced off the road by an oncoming car. Fuller swerves to miss the car and Lewis' car flips down a hill. After Fuller gets out of the car, the man in the other car punches him and begins fighting Lewis as he comes running up. Venna hears Charlotte screaming on the CB as the police show up. The next shot is in the police station with the brothers behind bars. Venna, talking the police chief tells him that she is not leaving until they find Charlotte. She also finds out that Ellinghouse, the prick who had his jaw ripped off, has died from his wounds. Rusty Nail calls the brothers on the station phone. The police trace the call as Rusty Nail says that Venna made a lot of sense when she was talking about psychotic killers killing themselves. We hear a gun blast over the phone as the police trace the call. When they get to the phone, they find a dead body in a pay phone with a shotgun blast to the face. They also find Charlotte in the back of a trailer bed. Venna goes with Charlotte in an ambulance. An officer takes the brothers. On the way back to the station, they realize that the dead body in the phone booth was the Ice Truck driver. Lewis steals the officer's gun and steals his car. Fuller has the option of staying with the officer and saving himself a felony charge but chooses to go with Lewis. They find the ambulance flipped upside down. Charlotte is there, Venna is gone, and the driver is rambling about Rusty Nail taking Venna. The words "DRINK UP!" are spray painted on the side of the ambulance and the pink champagne bottle is inside. The brothers continue down the road in the stolen police car. They come upon Rusty Nail and pull him over next to a corn field with the police siren. Fuller dresses as a cop to distract Rusty Nail as Lewis gets in back to find Venna. Rusty Nail eventually realizes this is what is going on and backs the truck into the police car forcing it into a ditch. Rusty Nail drives off with Lewis and Venna still in the back, but they eventually jump out. Fuller runs up to meet them as Rusty Nail gets out of his truck. He unlatches the trailer bed and comes after them with the semi. They run into the corn field in pretty much the same scene that is in the original. The only difference is they all stay together and they eventually come upon a tractor with a tank of Ammonia Nitrate. Lewis gets the idea of blowing up Rusty Nail and tells Fuller and Venna to run. They do, and Lewis gets Rusty Nail's attention. The semi truck comes after him and hits the gas tank, but it does not blow up. Instead, the truck is pushing the tank after Lewis. Fuller and Venna get out of the corn field and turn to see Lewis close behind. Lewis screams for Fuller to shoot the gas tank with the officer's gun. Fuller finally hits the tank and the truck explodes. The three watch the truck burn as the police arrive. At the hospital, Lewis and Venna finally kiss. Fuller thinks he could make a pretty good cop. Paramedics show up with Rusty Nail and try to revive him. As the three watch on, Rusty Nail finally dies. Fuller says he can't believe it, but he actually wants to go home.


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Written and Performed by Caroline Lavelle
Courtesy of Teldec Classics International
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products

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Mystery | Thriller

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