Sunday, 16 February 2014

Review: Joy Ride 2 (2008)

Joy Ride 2
IMDb rate: 5,1
Genre: Survival, Revenge

Time for Joy Ride 2, I saw this movie a few years back and I couldn't remember a whole lot of it, besides the fake emo. Now I've watched it again I remember that the movie sucked. Really, the first one is nice and stuff, but this one is just exactly the same. With these movies there aren't a whole lot of things you can change in the setup, so it's never very original.
By the way, this year Joy Ride 3 will be released, whoopdidoo.

While driving to Las Vegas for the bachelor party of her sister Melissa and her fiance Bobby, Kayla stops the car in the gas station to meet her date, Nik, a guy she met on the internet. Nik convinces her to take a secondary road under the protest of Bobby but the car breaks down. They find a house in the middle of nowhere and decide to take the car parked in the house's garage to the next city, and return with a rented car to pay for the damages provoked by Nik; Melissa leaves her cell number. However, they discover that the owner of the place is the sadistic truck driver Rusty Nail and they have to pay a high price for what they did.

Joy Ride 2 wasn't very good, not even tensive like the first one. There was just too much going on and it was all very lame. Seriously, if all that happened to me I would go to the police, no matter what sort of threat there was.
Was I liked most about the first Joy Ride were the actors, they were all excellent and they are what made the movie good. With the sequel... well, the actors were terrible. There was absolutely no chemistry between the actors, not between the married couple, not between the sisters and obviously not between the new couple, who met through Myspace.

The storyline is very predictable unfortunately, there's not tension at all. It's boring and the actions are very lame. The characters are very bad and unbelievable, seriously, what's up with this emo dude? He's very rude and everyone seems to be too okay with that. The whole situation is unbelievable because there's just too much going on.
I would have liked the movie a lot more if Rusty's motives are known, now he just seems like some random dude torturing these kids for no reason, not very spectacular. Why does he not kill them immediately, if he's doing it just for fun? His story would make it all a bit more interesting.

The special effects aren't too bad looking. The bloody scenes are fairly convincing, also the truck driving of the cliff is pretty cool.

Joy Ride 2 isn't the worst movie ever, but it's definitely not as good as the first one. It's a good time waster, if there's really not anything else.

My personal rate: 4/10

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