Joy Ride (2001) – movie review

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Movie Review by Nigel A. Messenger

Starring: Steve Zahn, Paul Walker, Leelee Sobieski, Matthew Kimbrough
Director: John Dahl

This is the second film made this year, the other being JEEPERS CREEPERS, where the premise seems to be based on the early Steven Spielberg TV movie DUEL.

Bored on a long car journey brothers Fuller (Steve Zahn) and Lewis Thomas (Paul Walker) play a practical joke on a voice they hear on the CB radio. Pretending to be a sexy girl they ‘invite’ the faceless trucker at the other end of the CB to meet at a motel room next door to the one they are actually staying in for the night and actually occupied by a fat arrogant guy who they’ve just had an altercation with at the motel reception.

At the time the trucker on the CB radio is supposed to arrive they hear a couple of strange sounds from the room next door and after reporting it to reception they go to bed. The next morning the police are at the motel and a horrific incident has occurred in the room next door.

The brothers get back on the road but it’s not long before they are being used as target practice by a mysterious truck trying to wipe them off the highway determined to smash their car and them into ‘roadkill’. And then there’s that voice on the CB.

JOY RIDE aka ROADKILL is a tense fast-paced horror movie with an ending that reads franchise all over it. Yes that’s right, I can’t believe there won’t be a sequel or two! The edge of your seat is where you’ll spend most of this movie.

5 out of 6 stars