Joy Ride

Joy Ride

4.0 9
Director: John Dahl

Cast: John Dahl, Steve Zahn, Paul Walker, Leelee Sobieski


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Terror hits the highways in the fast-paced thriller Joy Ride. Fox has done a very presentable job on this 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. Sporting very solid colors and black levels, this is a nearly flawless transfer, save for a few instances of brief edge enhancement. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 in English, as well as Dolby 2.0 Surround…  See more details below


Terror hits the highways in the fast-paced thriller Joy Ride. Fox has done a very presentable job on this 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. Sporting very solid colors and black levels, this is a nearly flawless transfer, save for a few instances of brief edge enhancement. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 in English, as well as Dolby 2.0 Surround in English and French. The 5.1 soundtrack does a very manageable job of utilizing directional effects in multiple key scenes. This is a very aggressive soundtrack that should give any home theater a sweaty workout. All aspects of this mix are free of any excessive distortion or hiss. Also included on this disc are subtitles in English and Spanish. The area where Joy Ride really shines is in its supplemental materials. Starting off this disc are no less than three commentary tracks with various cast and crew members, the first with director John Dahl, a second with writers Clay Tarver and J.J. Abrams, and a third with actors Steve Zahn and Leelee Sobieski. Taken as a whole, these commentaries are all thoroughly engrossing and exceptionally peppered with many stories, anecdotes, and information on the production of the film. Next up are some alternate endings and a deleted scene from the film. The alternate endings are well worth watching, even if the film's original ending was the best choice. The cut sequences are all available with optional commentary by the director. The voice auditions for the character Rusty Nail are also fascinating, though once again the filmmakers were smart to stick with actor Ted Levine (famous for his role as the killer in The Silence of the Lambs) for the creepy truck driver's voice. Finally there is a short production featurette on the making of the film that includes various interviews, movie clips, and other promotional materials, and a theatrical trailer for the film. This is a great edition of Joy Ride that should please any suspense/action moviegoer.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Stuart Gazzo
A B-movie thriller executed with zest and precision, Joy Ride is like an MTV Road Rules episode gone horribly awry. The story follows two brothers -- dutiful Lewis (Paul Walker) and former jailbird Fuller (Steve Zahn) -- who make the mistake of taking an innocent prank too far while on a freewheeling cross-country drive. This lands them in the crosshairs of a mysterious truck driver (an uncredited Ted Levine), known only to the brothers as a throaty, disembodied voice on their CB radio (his handle: "Rusty Nail"). The inexplicably brutal trucker makes the siblings, and Lewis's friend Venna (Leelee Sobieski), pawns in a deadly chess game. In a movie that's light on character development and heavy on tension, Zahn's characterization drives the movie with a surfeit of mischief and charm. Comparisons to Steven Spielberg's paranoia road-rage classic Duel are inevitable, but director John Dahl (Rounders) gives this fine-tuned muscle car of a movie a fresh look of its own. He knows well that the nail-biting cat-and-mouse games of Clay Tarver and J. J. Abrams's script keep the story in overdrive, making for a taut genre trip sure to remind you that danger is often closer than it appears to be. The DVD edition features the director and writers, as well as Zahn and Sobieski, plus alternate endings and a deleted scene.
All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
With Joy Ride, director John Dahl abandons the sophisticated plotting of his earlier films, Red Rock West and The Last Seduction, in favor of more visceral thrills, and it pays off with a suspenseful and darkly comic kick. The script, by Clay Tarver and Felicity co-creator J.J. Abrams, cribs from the TV movie that put Steven Spielberg on the map, Duel. It has a surfeit of wit and strong, believable characters, which is good, because in less assured hands it could have been a routine teen horror flick. Dahl gets the most out of his talented young cast, especially Steve Zahn as Fuller, the dangerously reckless, but oddly charming and surprisingly resourceful older brother. In past films, Zahn has overplayed his goofball charm, but here he finds just the right balance between imprudent jerk and lovable scoundrel. Fuller, Lewis (Paul Walker), and Venna (Leelee Sobieski) come across as real people. It's easy to see how their supposed anonymity leads the brothers to feel that they'll get away with their cruel CB radio prank, and their reactions to the horrible situation they find themselves in are unassailably rational. This draws the audience in to the scary story. Dahl knows how to build suspense. His dark palette is filled with eerie taillight reds, and the occasional roar of a passing tractor-trailer jarringly disrupts the quiet of his middle-of-nowhere highway locations. The mysterious trucker, known only by his CB handle Rusty Nail, is a frightening villain -- righteously angry, powerful, and relentless. The scene in which Fuller and Lewis listen helplessly through the motel wall as he maims his first victim is a restrained masterpiece of horror, and perfectly sets up all the tension to come.
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers
If you're looking to have your nerves fried and your pulse pounded, this is your ticket to ride.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
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Special Features

29-minute alternate ending; 4 new endings; Anamorphic widescreen (aspect ratio 2.35:1); Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Surround, English Dolby Surround, French Dolby Surround; Subtitles: English, Spanish

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Steve Zahn Fuller Thomas
Paul Walker Lewis Thomas
Leelee Sobieski Venna
Jessica Bowman Charlotte
Stuart Stone Danny
Basil Wallace Car Salesman
Brian Leckner Officer Kenney
Ted Levine Rusty Nail

Technical Credits
John Dahl Director
J.J. Abrams Producer,Screenwriter
Eric L. Beason Editor
Marco Beltrami Score Composer
Scott Chestnut Editor
Bridget Johnson Executive Producer
Jeffrey Jur Cinematographer
Patrick Markey Executive Producer
Arnon Milchan Executive Producer
Todd E. Miller Editor
Chris Moore Producer
Robert Pearson Production Designer
Glen Scantlebury Editor
Clay Tarver Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selection
1. Main Titles [:34]
2. 3 A.M. [1:15]
3. A Vintage Ride [1:56]
4. Fuller [2:14]
5. A Forty-Dollar CB [2:38]
6. Candy Cane & Rusty Nail [1:23]
7. The Lone Star Motel [1:35]
8. A Date With Rusty Nail [4:12]
9. A Disturbance Next Door [1:28]
10. The Incident [4:05]
11. Looking for Candy Cane [1:06]
12. The Gas Station [3:23]
13. Dead End [3:06]
14. Just Playing [1:58]
15. Ready for an Adventure [5:04]
16. Welcome to Nebraska [3:13]
17. Just Friends [3:00]
18. He's Watching Us... [:42]
19. Look in the Trunk [5:31]
20. Piece-by-Piece [1:26]
21. The Punch Line [:38]
22. Something Special [3:56]
23. Where's Venna? [1:25]
24. Seven Miles to Medford [:45]
25. The Trap [1:25]
26. Don't Open the Door [:16]
27. Running out of Time [2:21]
28. Death on Wheels [1:54]
29. Who Was That Guy? [1:02]
30. End Titles [:50]


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Joy Ride 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
it was great when he walked in naked, on the dvd you get the works on vhs all you get is rear view
Guest More than 1 year ago
-a terrific horror/thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat with plenty of mouth dropping scenes
Guest More than 1 year ago
this film truly deserves the 3 1/2 stars roger ebert gave it. the movie is a typical mystery until the third act when the plot twists around involoving academy award nominee-Leelie Sobieski. a great film to watch with friends @ a sleepover
Guest More than 1 year ago
i luv this movie. its rad and has tons of action and jaw droppin moments that blu my mind. they have to make a frickin sequel to this radd movie. steve zahn was really radd with his buggy-eye routine but he could have gotten a better style instead of the button shirts and real tight pants. and paul walker and leelee sobieski ruled too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finaly, a great movie that can put you on the edge of your seat. Everyone knows that this movie wouldn't of made it if it wasn't for the plot of the movie and Steve Zahn!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a decent movie overall. Some of the acting was blase' and I felt it was a juvenile movie. It was a good try though.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was alright and intersting since it has Paul Walker having to do some car chases as he did in The Fast and the Furious then in 2 Fast 2 Furious. He is okay in this and little entertaining near the end mostly.
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