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Roadkill (aka Joy Ride) [DVD] [2002]


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  • Actors: Steve Zahn, Paul Walker
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Turkish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Feb 2003
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007LZ58
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,932 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Lewis (Paul Walker) and Fuller (Steve Zahn) are two brothers travelling across America by car. In order to pass the time, they use the CB radio to play a joke on a trucker named Rusty Nail, convincing him that Lewis is a woman called Candy Cane and arranging a rendezvous in a motel room. But when the trucker realises what has happened, he kills the innocent occupant of the motel room, kidnaps the room-mate of Lewis' friend Venna (LeeLee Sobieski), and comes after the teenagers in a psychotic fit of rage.

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Director John Dahl has made more ingenious thrillers than Roadkill, but few with quite its sense of terrible consequences arising from a minor prank. On a road trip, jailbird Fuller (Steve Zahn) persuades his younger, student brother Lewis (Paul Walker) to pretend to be a girl on a CB radio; they set a pushy trucker up with a date with an obnoxious guest at the motel where they stay for the night. The results are far from funny--the guest ends up dead and they find themselves being chased for a while by a large sinister truck. And then, when they have picked up Veena (Leelee Sobieski), the girl with whom Lewis is in love, it all gets worse, much worse.

Dahl has picked up on one of the most sinister aspects of hostage situations, which is that quite minor concessions in negotiation can often be more meaningful than they seem. If the film has a weakness it is that the irresponsibility of the two young men is eminently plausible and not especially sympathetic, and the trucker, rather like the faceless driver in Steven Spielberg's Duel, is never more than a monstrous force of nature. Along the way, though, Roadkill delivers an appropriate number of thrills and sudden reversals, which all makes for an exciting journey into terror.

On the DVD: Roadkill on disc has commentaries by the director, by the writers and by stars Steve Zahn and Leelee Sobieski; it also has a fascinating wealth of alternate endings including one in which the whole third act of the movie goes in a radically different direction. It has a widescreen anamorphic visual ratio 2.35:1 and vibrant Dolby 5.1 sound that pumps up the tension in some crucial scenes. --Roz Kaveney

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Malsingh on 1 April 2010
Format: DVD
This is one of my favourite scary movies for a night with my mates, because it's quite scary and creepy without too much blood and guts. Most of the movie is basically the three friends running away from Rusty Nail, and it relys a lot on tension and suspense for thrills, rather than grossing you out with lots of killing. I first watched it when I was quite young, and let me tell you that me and my friends found it really scary! Watching it now, it doesn't scare me so much, but it's still pretty good.

I think the ending to the actual film is really good, and I was disappointed by the alternative endings on the DVD. You can see why they chose the one they did!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mr. N. Carnegie HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on 4 Jan 2003
Format: DVD
Directed by John Dahl, previously best known for Red Rock West and The Last Seduction (the movie that launched Linda Fiorentino's career), Roadkill is very much a homage to the seventies Spielberg movie Duel but rather than being just a cheap rip-off Joy Ride is in fact a very entertaining, genuinely scary edge of the seat ride, which proves that you don't need a big budget to make great movies.
THE PLOT: The film's instantly likeable hero, Lewis, played by Paul Walker (The Fast and The Furious) a scholarship student at Berkeley, buys a battered 1971 car so he can pick up Venna (Leelee Sobieski), who he has a major crush for, from the University of Colorado and drive her to the East Coast for summer vacation. However, on the way he unexpectedly has to pick up his irresponsible older brother Fuller (the always excellent Steve Zahn) who's in a Salt Lake City jail on a drunk-and-disorderly charge. During the journey Fuller buys a cheap CB radio and involves Lewis in an unpleasant practical joke at the expense of a truck driver with the CB handle 'Rusty Nail' but they find themselves in fear for their lives when old Rusty turns out to be a psychopath who takes a violent dislike to them. From then on, they themselves become the objects of the unseen Rusty Nail's revenge. After several hair-raising encounters, they resolve not to tell Venna of their adventures when they pick her up at the clean, well-lit Colorado campus.
It would be easy to criticise Roadkill (known as Joy Ride in America). Its premise is hardly original and its reliance on a CB radio as a plot device harks back to the seventies, rather than the present day when everybody (except in this movie) has a cell phone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By louise lloyd on 27 Jan 2013
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love this film, ive seen it like 4 times and it never tires , love it and i like the actors and the storyline and its a good thriller
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ali M on 29 Aug 2012
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This is such a brilliant film that will have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. The extra features are also excellent (especially the alternative endings)and Paul Walker makes a hot lead, which is an very nice bonus.
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I've said psychological as alot of this film is in the mind, you rarely get to see the bad guy and when you do it's only a glimpse, plus there's only an incredibly small amount of blood shown in the entire film.

It's pretty much left to you what this bad guy looks like for much of the film which I think is good, rather than just concentrating on the plot you're left thinking 'what does this guy look like?' too.

The film goes between being an easy going kind of film to suspense effortlessly, it's not all go go go and I think that they get the balance right too.

The performances are good, solid and believable by Paul Walker, Leelee Sobieski and Steve Zahn, the latter which gets to show a bit of his comic background to relieve the tension at times too.

For this kind of film I've personally never seen a better film, it's nothing like Nightmare on Elm Street or Texas Chainsaw Massacre, but it still has all the suspense of those films, minus the blood and guts.

Highly recommended, good twists and turns, for the ladies you get to see both male leads in their birthday suits too!!, plus a great twist at the end of the film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jo ferns on 22 Nov 2012
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Very tense thriller that has more twists and turns than a grand prix track. Absolutely brilliant and great value !!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ladyeliza on 18 Feb 2013
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once again paul walker is great in any film he has done. this film was rather scary which I liked
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By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 April 2014
Format: DVD
'Roadkill' is a great film to watch on a Friday night with a group of friends. Although 'The Hitcher' is superior, the two movies aren't all that dissimilar, and the plot is along the same lines.

The movie stars two brothers, University student Lewis (played by the recently late Paul Walker, RIP) and troublesome Fuller (Steve Zahn). Lewis is traveling with Fuller to pick up and drive home his childhood friend Venna (Leelee Sobieski), trying to impress and hopefully become romantically involved with her. On the way there, with their CB radio, they decide to have some fun and play a prank on a mysterious driver calling himself as 'Rusty Nail' (Ted Levine). Lewis pretends to be an attractive young woman named 'Candy Cane' who would love to meet him. A meeting is set up in the motel where the boys will be spending the night, and the brothers tell 'Rusty Nail' to bring along some pink champagne.

It may seem like a cruel trick to do someone, but the joke is soon on them - 'Rusty Nail' only turns out to be a psychopath, and when someone in the motel is found laying there brutally attacked with his jaw ripped, the men soon realise the full extent as to just what they have got themselves into. Rusty Nail will stop at nothing for revenge.

'Roadkill' very rarely goes into any cheesy territory, and the whole film is a genuinely tension filled thriller. The storyline is hardly anything original, but still makes for an intense thrill. It spawned a sequel, and another one, due for release this year. If a film which came out in 2001 can still have a second follow up thirteen years later - you know it must has something. Sit back, enjoy, and think twice about playing pranks.
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