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Joy Ride 3 (2014) Review

 

  • Horror
  • June 17th, 2014
  • 95 Minutes

 

Contains Spoilers!

 

Joy Ride 3 follows that trend of horror films that don’t need a sequel yet continue to get one sent straight to DVD.

We follow a group of street racers who stop in a small town trying to get the quickest route to where they need to go. Of course they run into the town crazy who yells about not taking a certain road because the people never return before the kids are reassured by the town sheriff that it’s fine. Since the cliches already started the film just keeps it going. As expected the kids take the deserted stretch of highway before running into the maniac trucker and embarking on a race for their life.

The story remains about as bland as one would expect with them knocking every cliche out and doing nothing new. We are stuck with a cast of characters who either blend together or stick out just enough for us not to like them. Even going as far as to say you can’t even root for the villain in this case just because what little we do get from him is almost nothing to base enjoying him from. We see “Rusty Nail” (the villainous truckers name) too much for him to be considered some dreaded shadow like killer.

Thankfully the film does have some good kills every now and then with some decent gore to follow. Still could of used more or if given a better budget would of had more memorable ones but the kills help save the movie sometimes. Sadly the last 15-20 minutes of the movie nearly ruined it for me. To watch a hand to hand fight scene start to happen followed by the cliche over the top kill that somehow Rusty has managed to escape from with no traces found just killed it. It was mainly the fight scene which was just so far out of left field and stupid.

Overall there are better films to watch like this and far worse you could do. Hopefully when the inevitable Joy Ride 4 gets made they work out some of the kinks this film had.

 

Score :

4/10

Draft Day (2014) Movie Review

Draft Day (2014) Movie Review
Draft Day (2014) Movie Review

Draft Day (2014) Movie Review

Release Date : April 11th, 2014

Genre : Drama

Film Length : 109 Minutes

 

Sports movie can be a hit and miss genre type of film usually either being great or horrible, but how does a sports movie that takes play over the course of less than a day and off the field mainly looking at the behind the scenes look of a huge sports event handle?

Draft Day follows Sonny Weaver Jr who is the General Manager of his NFL team who’s job, life, and everything is pending on the results of the 2014 Draft Day which is happening for him in hours. Sonny has to think about who the top potential draft picks are, when to get them, trading and making deals with other teams, and the price of the players among others. Essentially this is a fantasy football players dream film as it mainly deals with the going on’s of what it is like to more or so manage a team rather than playing the game itself. It is actually surprising that they were able to make the film flow well even for people that aren’t extremely knowledgeable football fans. They at least try to make sure that everything is explained to make sure that at no point in time do you get lost with the constant fast moving that the story goes at. It’s unfortunate that the side stories they try to add on involving a dysfunctional relationship and a family death and rough feelings with a mother and ex-wife. The side stories however don’t add much into the overall story and just feel tacked on somewhat.

Draft Day (2014)
Draft Day (2014)

The film does use a film technique that when done wrong can ruin a film, that technique being split screens between characters on the screen together. Draft Day uses it to show conversations between coaches across the country. They are able to make it seem fluid and it actually makes the scenes more tense in the end.  The casting for this film does help in make these moments do as well as they do. Kevin Costner as Sonny Jr does a great deal for the role. Costner has the look, feel, walk and talk for the role. On the other hand Jennifer Gardner as his complicated love and teams financial advisory doesn’t add anything special into the role. It is another role that could of been filled by any other relatively decent actress. Finally Dennis Leary plays the teams Coach who goes against Sonny Jr’s every whim insisting that Sonny is ruining any chance the team has at a wining season.

Overall for a sports film that focuses on the NFL Draft (although in a extremely unrealistic and extreme fashion) it still manages to be entertaining for almost 2 hours. For sports fan this will be a blast that you’ve always wanted to watch for for the non sports fans you’ll still be able to watch a fun fasted paced sports film. It’s worth a watch.

 

Score :

7/10