Clay Tarver, J.J. Abrams (Lost, Mission: Impossible III, Forever Young) and John Dahl (You Kill Me, Rounders, Red Rock West) joined forces for this flick, and you already know it is going to a true joy ride. The open road was a source of inspiration for a lot of movies, and you might think that this is a subject seen many times before, but each of these movies has its own vibe, making it unique and worth watching. In this case: script, acting and overall atmosphere were top notch. They knew that they were not making a blockbuster but a relatively indie road movie. Like those old rust buckets that can still leave modern cars, they fixed and tightened the shit out of it, making it one hell of a ride.
Three friends traveling across the country to see the girlfriend of one of them accidentally pull a prank on a trucker known only by his nickname Rusty Nail. When you fuck with a trucker that has such nickname you know that nothing good is going to come out of it. They find themselves stalked by him, and they will try to escape his rusty nail. Another road movie, much like The Hitcher, Highwaymen or other in this genre. So, you can expect suspense and that eerie feeling that someone is following you in this flick. Great cast and high production values really brought to life vision of these two great authors, enjoy…
Director: John Dahl
Cast: Steve Zahn, Paul Walker, Leelee Sobieski, Jessica Bowman, Jim Beaver
Fun Stuff: Was renamed ‘Road Kill’ in the UK, since taking a ‘Joy Ride’ is not the pleasant journey it is in the states, rather the name for when youths steal cars and race each other or the cops and eventually total and dump the car.