Blu-ray Review: RIDE

RIDE is based on the short film of the same name. The movie was written and directed by Jeremy Ungar and stars Bella Thorne, Jessie T. Usher and Will Brill.

In RIDE, a struggling actor by day, James pays his bills by driving people around Los Angeles for a ride sharing service. His night starts out like any other, but he can’t believe his luck when he picks up the beautiful Jessica, and they immediately hit it off. His next fare, the fast-talking Bruno, convinces James to go back and invite her to join them for a wild night out. But things take a shocking turn when Bruno, armed with a gun and a twisted idea of fun, forces them on a terrifying, white-knuckle ride that quickly spirals out of control.

The movie follows James (Jessie T. Usher), a struggling actor who moonlights as a driver for Ride, an app-based ride-sharing service that’s similar to Uber and Lyft. James picks up Jessica ( Bella Thorne) and the two really hit it off and when James drops her off at her stop, Jessica invites him to join her and some friends for some drinks. James has to turn down her offer because he’s got another customer to pick up so he moves on to the next stop and meets Bruno (Will Brill) who’s this charismatic charmer who quickly befriends James and gains his trust. Bruno has some awkward requests for his driver but James desperately needs the money so he obliges his customer.

James and Bruno share conversations and when the driver brings up his memorable meeting with Jessica earlier, Bruno talks him into going back to pick her up and this is where the night goes south. After Jessica gets in the car Bruno changes his tune and turns on the two and forces them to do some crazy things or else he’ll shoot them. During some of these crazy stunts they’re put through, Jessica accidentally discovers some interesting details about Bruno that could have pushed him over-the-edge which explains why he might be doing this to them. The nightmarish night continues to escalate out of control but James and Jessica ultimately find a way to fight back against Bruno as the night finally comes to an end.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc also features some artwork that matches the front cover. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Ride is the feature film debut from writer-director Jeremy Ungar that’s based on his short film that centers around the popularity of these ride-sharing services and I think it’s the first of its kind. We’ve all heard about some of these nightmarish stories during some of these crazy rides. This movie serves as a warning and what if scenario of what can go wrong if you pick up the wrong person but unfortunately it fell short in a number of ways. First of all, Ride is way too short of a watch and secondly there’s just not enough thrills and chills to keep my attention during the watch. As short as it is I kept looking at the clock wondering how much time was left and that should never happen during a movie. I’m sure there were some budgetary restraints that kept Ungar from taking things to the next level and that’s unfortunate because the movie did have a lot of potential and the small cast did a really good job with their characters. Ride will be available on Blu-ray on December 4th.

Distributor: RLJE Films

Run Time: 77 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.35:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include the original RIDE short film (15:41) and still gallery.


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